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Cruise Line Hosts Celebration Buffet on First Sailing From U.S. [PHOTOS]

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Passengers currently sailing aboard Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest ship, Norwegian Encore, were treated to a grand celebration to mark the company’s return to cruising in the United States.

Cruise ship crew put on a huge Celebration Day Buffet of culinary favorites from holidays and special occasions throughout the year, to make up for missed birthday parties, anniversaries, and holiday get-togethers during the worldwide shutdown due to the pandemic.

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(Photo courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line)

To honor the last 17 months of uncelebrated holidays and reunions, Norwegian Cruise Line treated guests to a wide variety of holiday staples including Alaskan King Crab legs and beef wellington for New Year’s; sweets for Valentine’s Day; barbecue favorites such as ribs, corn on the cob, burgers, and fries for the Fourth of July; Thanksgiving favorites like roast turkey, stuffing, cornbread, and pies; and over-the-top birthday cakes.

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(Photo courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line)

norwegian encore celebration buffet

(Photo courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line)

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norwegian encore celebration buffet

(Photo courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line)

Nearly 2,600 passengers indulged in the feast. One guest said “It’s been really nice reliving all of the holidays that we missed … it’s nice to be back.”

Another remarked, “I’ve never seen anything like this!”

Norwegian Encore departed Seattle on Saturday, August 7 as the first Norwegian Cruise Line ship to sail from the United States in over a year. It also marks the ship’s first sailing to Alaska.

Throughout this week, Encore will make her inaugural calls to three Alaskan ports — Icy Strait Point, Juneau, and Ketchikan — before returning to Seattle. Then the vessel will continue her season of seven-night voyages to the region through October 16, 2021.

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Sarah has been writing about the cruise industry since 2015. She’s been on eight cruises so far, and her favorite onboard activities include trying out the water slides, spending time in the spa’s thermal suite, eating lots of food, and attending the love & marriage show. You can keep up with her over on her Instagram at @IAmSarahJaneB.

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