Norwegian Encore to feature ‘Kinky Boots’ production

"Kinky Boots," exclusive to the Encore, will be joined by two other shows that have debuted on other Norwegian ships.
“Kinky Boots,” exclusive to the Encore, will be joined by two other shows that have debuted on other Norwegian ships.
The Norwegian Encore, coming in 2019, will feature a version of the Broadway musical “Kinky Boots” as its showpiece in the main theatre.
The show features music from Cyndi Lauper and is based on a 2005 film about a struggling shoe factory in England whose strait-laced owner turns to making boots for drag queens to save his business.
“Kinky Boots,” exclusive to the Encore, will be joined by two other shows that have debuted on other Norwegian ships.
“The Choir of Man,” which recently debuted on Norwegian Escape, combines high-energy music, dance, live percussion and foot stomping choreography by nine “ordinary guys” who perform everything from sing-along anthems to classic rock.
“Happy Hour Prohibition: The Musical,” the interactive cocktails and theatre show, and the Beatles-themed Cavern Club first appeared on Norwegian Bliss and will also be on the Encore.
Norwegian also said the two-deck go-cart track from Bliss will be expanded on the Encore to 1,150 feet. It will have ten turns and four points that extend up to 13 feet over the side of the ship, along with a covered viewing area in the centre of the track where guests can provide passing go-karts with an additional turbo boost by tagging them with a laser beam.
Also on the Encore will be the Galaxy Pavilion, a 10,000-square-foot indoor virtual-reality complex, with multisensory virtual experiences, simulators and an escape room.
The open-air laser tag arena on the Encore will be themed to the lost city of Atlantis. An Aqua Park and two multistory water slides complete the entertainment package.
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A trio of Broadway Songstresses to Perform Aboard Norwegian Escape

After Midnight aboard Norwegian Escape
After Midnight aboard Norwegian Escape (photo courtesy Norwegian Cruise Line)

Norwegian Cruise Line’s premium all-inclusive fare ‘sparks rise in agent support’

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Norwegian Cruise Line has promised to never undercut its travel partners after revealing a surge in smaller agents selling its cruises since the introduction of its premium all-inclusive fare.

Nick Wilkinson, vice-president and managing director UK & Ireland, the Middle East and Africa, hailed the efforts of the trade at a media event for new ship Norwegian Bliss in central London.

He went on to link the last year’s move to premium all-inclusive pricing to a spike in agent support.

He said: “Premium all-inclusive has been an incredible success. It has opened doors to more and more agents feeling confident knowing what they’re selling with Norwegian.

“The [number of smaller agents working with Norwegian] is in double-digit growth. To me that is driving the success that we see in the market place.”

In December, NCL offered a new low-cost Just Cruise fare to run alongside premium all-inclusive to helps its sailings rank higher on online travel agencies’ searches.

He added that premium all-inclusive gave agents “the simplicity” they needed to do their job, before revealing that trade sales make up 85% of NCL’s distribution.

“[Travel agents] are our ambassadors,” he said. “They make the difference. That is why we make sure they are protected. They have a really difficult job. We will never undercut our travel agents. They are our lifeline.”

Explaining NCL’s recent decision to make New York its homeport in 2019/20 rather than a UK port, he told Travel Weekly: “The UK market is the number one market outside the US you have to look at when you are designing deployment from a global perspective.

“You have to look at what your demand is from each of those areas.”

He said it was understandable the UK market wanted “the newest, brightest, biggest” vessel but said, thanks to the Norwegian Edge renovation programme, “all our ships are exceptional”.

The 4,004-passenger ship will sail weekly seven-day Alaska cruises each Saturday from Seattle during its inaugural season.

From November, during its first winter season, the vessel will operate seven-day eastern Caribbean cruises each Saturday from PortMiami.