My time aboard over these past few days was filled with “as normal a time” I have had since the pandemic. As everyone on board required proof of vaccination and must have tested negative before boarding, guests were not required to wear masks while aboard. We were even permitted to serve ourselves at the Garden Cafe where Norwegian staff instructed every diner to wash hands thoroughly before entering. It was almost like covid never existed.
Meals aside, all the activities on board were operating as normal as well. From the fantastic go kart race track to the exhilarating water slides, from the daily atrium game shows to the theatre production of the fabulous #ChoirofMan, this ship offers a plethora of activities to fill any guests’ needs and desires. One of the perks for cruising now, is the elevated staff to guest ratio as the ship is fully staffed but only 45 to 60% (depending on sailing) of guests occupy staterooms. In my view, the time to cruise is NOW! You get great value, fantastic service, and a sense of normalcy so many of us crave.
Norwegian Encore sails 7-night trips from Seattle to Alaska this summer and fall. Our trip was an abbreviated version with two days at sea and some time in Ketchikan to test all tge protocols and provide feedback. In addition, this sailing made history by being the first foreign flagged vessel to sail Seattle round trip without having to comply with the 1886 law called the Passenger Vehicle Services Act which requires a foreign port stop before returning to the US. This exception was made possible by Congress only a few weeks ago when the Alaska Recover Act suspended this rule temporarily. #BePartofHistory.
These few days aboard allowed for a great experience, reassurance that cruising is safe, effective, and just as much fun as before. Our journey offered stunning sunsets, whales 🐳 galore, and a genuine excitement from all guests aboard.