New ships for 2019: Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Encore

More than half a dozen cruise lines that market to North Americans are rolling out new oceangoing ships in 2019. Here, USA TODAY profiles one of the newcomers: Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Encore. For information on the others, return to the main page of our Guide to the New Ships of 2019.

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Line: Norwegian Cruise Line 

Maiden voyage: Nov. 2 

Home ports: Miami, New York  

Size (in gross tons): 167,800

Passengers: 3,998

The buzz: Fast-growing Norwegian Cruise Line is creating yet another major megaresort at sea — its sixth in seven years.

On order from Germany’s Meyer Werft shipyard, Encore will boast such over-the-top amusements as the biggest race course at sea. Nearly 1,150 feet long and sprawling over two decks, it’ll include four sections that extend up to 13 feet over the sides of the vessel. 

Encore also will have a sprawling water park with two multistory water slides, a restaurant-lined boardwalk, a giant showroom housing the Tony Award-winning production show “Kinky Boots,” and a 10,000-square-foot virtual reality complex with interactive games. 

Other attractions will include an open-air laser tag arena themed around the lost city of Atlantis and a giant spa. 

Encore will be the fourth and final vessel in Norwegian’s Breakaway Plus class. Previous ships in the series include the recently unveiled Norwegian Bliss as well as Norwegian Escape and Norwegian Joy.

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