Norwegian Cruise Line has notified company booked on a number of early 2024 departures of Norwegian Encore that the ship’s itinerary has been modified. The modifications apply to the January 28 and February 4 crusing dates.
Whereas every cruise will nonetheless be visiting the identical ports of name, the arrival and departure instances have been adjusted which may impression any shore excursions passengers might have privately organized.
Norwegian Encore Itinerary Adjustments
Friends booked on the January 28 and February 4 departures of Norwegian Encore – each 7-night cruises – have obtained notifications of slight itinerary modifications. Each port of name on every cruise has been adjusted, although the modifications are considerably minor. No ports are cancelled and the port order stays the identical, however the instances in each port have been altered.
“We’re dedicated to offering one of the best holidays at sea and have been working tirelessly to proceed to raise the standard of our choices and general visitor expertise whereas driving a optimistic impression on society and the setting,” the notification learn. “As we optimize itineraries for gas efficiencies, now we have modified Norwegian Encore’s itinerary.”
The ship will nonetheless be departing Miami, Florida, however will depart at 5 p.m. reasonably than 5:30 p.m. as initially deliberate. Friends with very late arrival appointments will need to make sure their journey to the cruise port is adjusted in order that they arrive properly earlier than the cutoff for check-in and boarding.
The primary day of the cruise is a day at sea, however the ship’s go to to Puerto Plata on the second day has been trimmed by one hour. Norwegian Encore will nonetheless arrive within the Dominican Republic at 7 a.m., however will now be leaving at 3 p.m. as an alternative of 4 p.m.
The subsequent day’s arrival in St. Thomas can be two hours sooner than the unique schedule, now at 9 a.m. reasonably than 11 a.m. The ship will nonetheless stay docked till 7 p.m., giving company an additional two hours within the morning to benefit from the picturesque vacation spot.
The fourth day’s go to to Tortola, nevertheless, has been trimmed each within the morning and the afternoon. The ship will now arrive at 6:45 a.m. reasonably than 6 a.m., and can depart at 2:30 p.m. as an alternative of three p.m.
The stops within the Virgin Islands are adopted by a day at sea as deliberate, and the final port of name is on the cruise line’s personal island vacation spot within the Bahamas, Nice Stirrup Cay. That go to has additionally been trimmed by one hour, with Norwegian Encore departing at 5 p.m. as an alternative of 6 p.m. as initially scheduled.
The arrival again in Miami is unchanged at 7 a.m., so company’ onward journey plans after the cruise don’t should be adjusted, which can be a aid for passengers with early flights to achieve as they return house.
In complete, the general time in all ports of name has been lowered by 75 minutes. Whereas not a major change, the small changes do add up.
Why Such Slight Adjustments?
The reasoning given for these tweaks to Norwegian Encore‘s cruise schedule is “gas effectivity.” With earlier departures, the ship can sail extra slowly between ports of name, conserving gas alongside the way in which.
It is usually potential that dock availability and different ships’ schedules could also be influencing Norwegian Encore‘s timing so as to keep away from time idling whereas ready for different ships to clear channels or turning basins. The timing of tides may additionally have a slight affect on the ship’s schedule, although that is unlikely.
Notifying company about these modifications offers vacationers time to contact any personal tour corporations they might have used for shore excursions to reschedule or cancel if vital. Pre-paid excursions booked by Norwegian Cruise Line can be robotically adjusted to the brand new port instances if wanted.
Cruise traces usually make schedule changes within the weeks or months earlier than crusing as port instances turn into extra clear. Components like port dredging or development, different ship schedules, cargo operations, and staffing modifications can all impression cruise ship schedules.
Friends booked on any upcoming Norwegian Encore cruise ought to keep in shut communication with their journey agent or immediately with the cruise line in case of comparable changes to their crusing.
The 169,116-gross-ton Norwegian Encore is a Breakaway-plus vessel that joined Norwegian Cruise Line in 2019. The ship is ready to welcome 3,998 company per crusing (double occupancy), and can also be house to greater than 2,000 worldwide crew members.