Norwegian Encore Conveyance Complete

Norwegian Encore

Norwegian Cruise Line today announced that the new 4,200-guest Norwegian Encore successfully completed her Ems River transit, having officially left Meyer Werft shipyard.

On Monday, Sept. 30, 2019, the Norwegian Encore began her conveyance to Eemshaven, Netherlands, with initial crew on board the new ship.

Norwegian Encore

The ship will be delivered on Oct. 30, 2019, and will be christened by Grammy Award-winning artist Kelly Clarkson in Miami on Nov. 21, 2019, and will commence seven-day voyages to the Caribbean on Nov. 24, 2019.

“Today we celebrate a huge milestone for our history-making ship,” said Andy Stuart, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line. “Now is when the anticipation truly begins to build. Our partners at Meyer Werft have collaborated with us to bring the industry-leading experiences from the successful Breakaway Plus class ships to Norwegian Encore, making her truly the best in class.”

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Passengers Injured as Norwegian Escape Hit by ‘100 Knot Wind Gust’ Off U.S. East Coast

Several passengers aboard the cruise ship Norwegian Escape were reported injured after a freak gust of wind reportedly caused the ship to list as much of 45 degrees, causing chairs, tables and pretty much anything unsecured to go flying.

A statement from Norwegian posted to its Twitter account said the incident took place just before midnight on Sunday, March 3, when Norwegian Escape encountered what the cruise line said was an “unexpected weather in the form of a sudden, extreme gust of wind, estimated at 100 knots,” or 115 mph, as the ship was underway off the U.S. east coast.

“Several injuries were reported and those guests and crew received immediate attention or are being treated by the ship’s medical staff. There was no damage to the ship; she remains fully operational and continues her scheduled itinerary,” Norwegian Cruise Line said.

The Norwegian Escape is currently on a voyage from Port Elizabeth, New Jersey to the Bahamas with a stopover in Port Canaveral, Florida.

Media reports say at least eight passengers were treated for injuries when the ship arrived in Port Canaveral on Tuesday.

“Neither the current itinerary nor the next sailing is expected to be impacted,” the cruise line said.

Meteorologists had forecasted some weather but nothing near the 100 knots that was reported by the cruise line.

Delivered in 2015, the 164,600 gross ton Norwegian Escape is the former flagship of the Norwegian Cruise Line fleet and the first of the company’s Breakaway Plus-class.

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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.