Nor­we­gian En­core to fea­ture ‘Kinky Boots’

Florida-bound ship to also have largest go-kart track in fleet

South Florida Sun-Sentinel Palm Beach (Sunday) - - Travel - By Richard Tri­bou

Some sig­nif­i­cant footwear will be mak­ing Mi­ami home when Nor­we­gian En­core makes its way to Florida af­ter its 2019 de­but.

Nor­we­gian Cruise Line an­nounced the sig­na­ture stage show on board will be Tonyaward win­ning “Kinky Boots,” which fea­tures orig­i­nal songs by Cyndi Lau­per, and is about a part­ner­ship be­tween an en­ter­tainer and a fac­tory owner. Main char­ac­ter Lola was on hand at the Meyer Werft ship­yard in Ger­many for the ship’s keel-lay­ing cer­e­mony.

“To­day’s sur­prise ‘Kinky Boots’ per­for­mance show­cases the evo­lu­tion of the mean­ing­ful and un­for­get­table ex­pe­ri­ences we are ded­i­cated to pro­vid­ing our guests,” said Nor­we­gian Cruise Line Pres­i­dent and CEO Andy Stu­art. “We are very ex­cited to be the first to fea­ture this award­win­ning mu­si­cal at sea.”

The head­lin­ing show that won six Tonys in­clud­ing Best New Mu­si­cal in 2014 was just part of a bevy of fea­tures re­vealed for the 169,000-gross-ton ship that’s set to ar­rive for the win­ter season in 2019 to sail seven-night East­ern Caribbean itin­er­ar­ies.

That in­cludes the rev­e­la­tion En­core will have the largest gokart track in the fleet. En­core is the fourth Break­away-Plus class ship, fol­low­ing on the heels of Nor­we­gian Es­cape, Joy and Bliss. Joy was the first to get a go-kart track with Bliss de­but­ing its ver­sion this year.

The En­core ver­sion will have nearly 1,150 feet of track across a 10-turn course that has four sec­tions that ex­tend up to 13 feet be­yond the side of the ship. Also new will be a cov­ered spec­ta­tor area that will have an in­ter­ac­tive fea­ture that al­lows view­ers to tar­get rac­ers with a laser and al­low them a bump of speed.

En­core will also fol­low Bliss’ lead with an­other open-air laser tag course at the top of the deck, but En­core’s will be themed to At­lantis and also fea­tured aug­mented re­al­ity op­tions dur­ing game play with the use of a head­set.

Stay­ing on the top deck, En­core will have an aqua park like Bliss with two wa­ter slides. One of them will be a speedy, fig­ureeight drop slide that sends rid­ers 11 feet over the side of the ship with acrylic tubes that let rid­ers see the wa­ter be­low.

An­other bor­rowed fea­ture from a sis­ter ship, but new to Florida, will be the Gal­axy Pav­il­ion, which de­buted on Nor­we­gian Joy, a ship that has spent most of its life in Asia. The venue is a 10,000-square-foot in­ter­ac­tive en­ter­tain­ment op­tion with vir­tual re­al­ity, an es­cape room and other tech­nol­ogy-based fea­tures.

As far as en­ter­tain­ment goes, in ad­di­tion to “Kinky Boots,” En­core will fea­ture “The Choir of Man,” a show that also ap­pears on Nor­we­gian Es­cape that fea­tures mu­sic, dance and foot-stomp­ing per­cus­sion. Also on board will “Happy Hour Pro­hi­bi­tion: The Mu­si­cal,” a cock­tail and the­ater show that de­buted on Bliss.

An­other en­ter­tain­ment venue will be The Cav­ern Club, which is themed to The Bea­tles in­clud­ing a cover band and is an homage to the Liver­pool club where the Fab Four made a name for them­selves.

The Break­away-Plus class ships ac­com­mo­date around 4,000 guests and are the fleet’s largest. All fea­ture more than 20 din­ing op­tions, sev­eral with water­front seat­ing.

En­core will be the third of that class to call Mi­ami home, tak­ing over for Nor­we­gian Bliss next year. En­core will de­but Nov. 17, 2019 and sail through April 12, 2020.

To book a cruise on Nor­we­gian Bliss, call 888-625-2784 or visit for de­tails.

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