Norwegian Encore departed the Meyer-Werft shipyard and began her complex journey, known as the River Ems conveyance, on Monday evening in the dead of night.
The ship went through the first lock of many at around 10:00pm, assisted by two tug boats that stayed with her the entire journey, which was made stern-first all the way to the North Sea.
The conveyance is the penultimate milestone before delivery to Norwegian Cruise Line on October 30, 2019, the final one being her sea trials, which will last up to a week.
During sea trials the ship will be run up to her maximum speed and subjected to hard turns and ‘crash stops’ while all aspects of her navigation and mechanical equipment are tested.
Final fit out of her several thousand staterooms and public spaces will continue simultaneously, while any problems found during the sea trials will also be fixed in the coming weeks.
“Now is when the anticipation truly begins to build,” said Andy Stuart, President & CEO, Norwegian Cruise Line.
“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,” he added.
Norwegian Cruise Line have remained tight-lipped about the various ways in which Norwegian Encore will be different from her sister ships Norwegian Joy, Escape and Bliss.
What we do know is that her go-kart race track will be even larger, she will feature the award-winning musical Kinky Boots, as well as The Choir of Man, which recently debuted on Norwegian Escape and she will feature the line’s first-ever virtual reality complex Galaxy Pavilion.
The indoor 10,000sqm space one-ups the old-school arcade with a playground that has passengers flying, racing and shooting, all while immersed in virtual reality.
A new Italian restaurant called Onda by Scarpetta will also be introduced aboard Norwegian Encore, the result of an exclusive collaboration with LDV Hospitality to bring the Scarpetta concept to sea.
The ship will also offer more than a dozen restaurants, several dozen cafes and bars, as well as a huge spa and fitness centre, theatre, casino, waterpark, and all the other bells and whistles of the Breakaway-Plus class (including a Lost City of Atlantis laser tag park).
After sea trials, Norwegian Cruise Line will formally accept delivery of the vessel and get her ready for her inaugural cruise from Bremerhaven to Southampton, where she will depart on her first revenue-generating voyage, a week-long trans-Atlantic to New York.
Norwegian Encore will homeport in Miami, cruising roundtrip 7-night Eastern Caribbean cruises until mid-April when she will reposition to New York, cruising 5 to 9-night roundtrip itineraries to Bermuda.
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