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ENCORE - New VIBE Expansion - How Is It?

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We've done every Breakaway and + Class ships; did either the Haven or, if not, always got VIBE passes.  One of the recommendations we always made in our post-cruise reviews was re: expanding the VIBE to the 'other side also.  From the Encore deck plan, it appears that that is exactly what they have done.

 

So, for anyone having sailed Encore, and securing VIBE passes, How Is It?

 

The "race?" Is it still the same with complete sell out right off or was it  more relaxed for later boarding levels?

 

The "feel?"  Is the expansion well appointed as the original VIBE and does it still have that 'special appeal?

 

Thank you for any responses.

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We where on the "first " cruise out of Miami on the Encore.  We where able to get vibe passes, A line but I believe they sold around 250 passes.  Everyone must be present when buying.  We enjoyed the space and relaxing area.  The water mist did not work on the cruise and that was disappointing but other then that we would do it again.  

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1 minute ago, dpepper64 said:

We where on the "first " cruise out of Miami on the Encore.  We where able to get vibe passes, A line but I believe they sold around 250 passes.  Everyone must be present when buying.  We enjoyed the space and relaxing area.  The water mist did not work on the cruise and that was disappointing but other then that we would do it again.  

 

Thanks.

 

I was just posting about the 2-decks (a small upper VIBE area on 20).

 

Re: the pictures from an article I just posted, the loungers do not appear to be the thick padded ones.  

 

Again, thanks.

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You can have a look on my photos (scroll further down for deck 20). The regular sun beds are not padded. But on deck 20 there are double sunbeds which are padded. They look pretty much the same than those in the cabanas. The mist area is on deck 20.

 

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I've never been in Vibe on any other ship but I did enjoy the space on the Thanksgiving cruise... with 1400 kids on board it was nice to have somewhere to escape to. 

 

I've posted some photos in my review...

 

 

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I love all of the umbrellas in Vibe; they add a bit of redemption for this odd, odd ship. I wish NCL would add more umbrellas to Spice H2O on its other ships.

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2 hours ago, CazV said:

I've never been in Vibe on any other ship but I did enjoy the space on the Thanksgiving cruise... with 1400 kids on board it was nice to have somewhere to escape to. 

 

I've posted some photos in my review...

 

 

Great review.  We looked at all of the VIBE pictures.  Thanks.  It gives us a better visual than just the Deck Plan.

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Where do you purchase Vibe passes on the Encore??  Thank You!!!

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3 hours ago, hfeinberg said:

Where do you purchase Vibe passes on the Encore??  Thank You!!!

 

They were sold at The Social on my sailing, but I've read that they've moved it to Q. It may change again, so it's best to double check on boarding. 

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We sailed the Encore on Dec 8 and purchased Vibe passes in Q.   They did not sell out, passes were available on Tuesday 

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Good to know that there might be a chance for us to get passes on our Feb 9 sailing. We are trying out the Priority Access program basically for this reason, hope it's worth all the extra $$$, not cheap when you add it all up! 

Also, could anyone tell me the hours that Vibe is accessible? Just wondering if the whole area closes down at night or if we can still access it to enjoy the sights after dinner even if the bar was closed. Thanks in advance!

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53 minutes ago, prbffd28 said:

Good to know that there might be a chance for us to get passes on our Feb 9 sailing. We are trying out the Priority Access program basically for this reason, hope it's worth all the extra $$$, not cheap when you add it all up! 

Also, could anyone tell me the hours that Vibe is accessible? Just wondering if the whole area closes down at night or if we can still access it to enjoy the sights after dinner even if the bar was closed. Thanks in advance!

Bar usually closes by 8. Although some bartenders have been known to hang around if it's busy enough. The area is always accessible on the older ships. 

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1 hour ago, moosecrouse said:

Bar usually closes by 8. Although some bartenders have been known to hang around if it's busy enough. The area is always accessible on the older ships. 

Thanks for the info, I appreciate it!!

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