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Norwegian Encore Sails Into Open Water for First Time

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Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest sea-going vessel, the Norwegian Encore, has just successfully undergone another major construction milestone, departing the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, and heading down the Ems River toward the North Sea.

Upon completing the final phase of her construction, Norwegian Encore began her conveyance to Eemshaven, Netherlands, on Monday, Sept. 30, 2019. Initial crewmembers were already on board to begin preparations to welcome guests beginning in November.

Norwegian Encore is scheduled for delivery to the cruise line on October 30 and will be christened by Grammy Award-winning artist and ship’s godmother, Kelly Clarkson, in Miami on November 21. Afterward, she’ll commence sailing seven-day voyages to the Eastern Caribbean, starting on November 24.

Thereafter, she’ll operate Spring 2020 itineraries departing New York City and bound for Bermuda, Canada and New England; Winter 2020 sailings to the Western Caribbean from Miami; and Spring 2021 voyages out of Seattle northwards to Alaska.

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“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.”

At almost 1,100 feet in length, with a gross tonnage of nearly 170,000 and a guest capacity of 3,998, Norwegian Encore will feature many of the innovations that made the Breakaway Plus class of vessels among the most successful in the company’s history, even taking several of the brand’s stand-out attractions to the next level.

Onboard activities will include the world’s longest go-kart racing track at sea, sprawling over 1,100 feet with four high-speed curves that extend up to thirteen feet above the side of the ship; an almost 10,000-square-foot laser-tag arena that incorporates augmented-reality elements; and a new, immersive escape-room and interactive theatre experiences in the 10,000-square-foot Galaxy Pavilion.

An elevated, new, Italian dining experience will be making its debut onboard the Encore, called Onda by Scarpetta, operated in partnership with LDV Hospitality. Onboard entertainment will include world-class shows, such as the Tony Award-winning musical, “Kinky Boots”, as well as returning guest favorites, “The Choir of Man”, and “Happy Hour Prohibition: The Musical”, plus fabulous Beatles cover-band, The Cavern Club.

Norwegian Encore will also boast the distinction of being the company’s first ship to be plastic bottle-free when she launces, though Norwegian will also become the first major cruise line to eliminate single-use plastic bottles across its entire fleet by January 1, 2020.

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Cruise Ship Denied by Two Caribbean Ports Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

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An MSC Cruises ship was turned away from at least two ports in the Caribbean on Tuesday after a crew member fell ill amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

According to The New York Times, MSC Meraviglia was denied from docking in both Ocho Rios, Jamaica and Georgetown, Cayman Islands after port authorities learned that a crew member from the Philippines was ill. However, the Associated Press reported that the employee was believed to be sick with the common seasonal flu.

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Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats.

“In an abundance of caution, in order to provide protection to the health and safety of the residents of the Cayman Islands, the government has denied permission for the cruise ship to call on Grand Cayman as previously scheduled,” Dwayne Seymour, health minister of the Cayman Islands, said in a statement.

The cruise line expressed frustration over the repeated denial, claiming that the ill crew member and all passengers on the ship had passed a health screening prior to embarking.

“The crew member had traveled to Miami from Manila, via direct connection in Istanbul,” MSC Cruises said in a statement to the Times. “He developed symptoms of common flu and tested positive to Type A influenza after he visited the ship’s 24/7 Medical Center while already on board. He has no other symptoms.”

The ship, which is carrying more than 4,500 passengers and 1,600 crew members, is in the midst of a 15-day roundtrip sailing from Miami that had included scheduled stops in Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, Mexico, Bahamas, Belize and Honduras.

MSC Meraviglia isn’t the first ship to be turned away from port amid fears of the spreading coronavirus and likely won’t be the last. Tuesday’s unexpected hiccup comes just one week after MSC Cruises updated MSC Bellissima’s Grand Voyage itinerary to Asia.

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