Inaugural Cruises

We have been considering an inaugural cruise on one of the new ships. Has anyone been on one and what did you think about it?

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I've never been on one, but I've heard that the inaugural cruises, as well as the first couple of cruises out of dry dock, are not that great -- lots of mechanical bugs still being worked out.

I totally agree with BD. When CCL Valor left dry dock I read several reviews stating that they loved the cruise but the ship was still under repairs while underway and also that the crew was still getting used to the new amenities and work that was done. I cruised on Valor about 5 cruises after her dry dock and all was perfect.

I'd rather wait until after the first few cruises and they have worked out any problems or glitches.

My coworker is talking about going on the NCL Bliss Fall 2018 when it first comes out. I'm thinking about it but there are also some other cruises with Princess that time period that I'm interested in.

Thanks everyone, good points to ponder. I think I may wait till they have been in service a few weeks.

Agree with Todd, BD, and others. Do not be on the first cruise for these new ships.

I did two first initial cruises on the USS Eisenhower CVN-69, and the USS Mississippi CGN-40. Both Pre-commissioning cruises to test out the ships, and prove they could perform to design expectations. (They both passed, 5-star+ reviews). I guess that is enough 'Maiden Voyage' cruises for me. We were fed nicely though! As I have said before - lobster!

As an aside, I did not want to say this on another thread. But in MY Navy, only submarines were called boats. Anything that floated atop the water was called a ship (or a target by the submarine folks).

Last jab at submariners. 100 men go to sea on a SSBM deployment. Six moths later, 50 couples come back to port.

Well I confess I wasn't in the "real" Navy. I was in P-3's and it was called the luxury navy. I spent 6 years in and never stepped onboard a ship, not even a museum one. Also there were 20 year men in my squadron that had never done any time on ship.

Also, they're still installing things so there may be ladders and other equipment all over the place.

I am going go the new Celebrity Edge in January 2019. The maiden voyage is in Dec, 2018 so I hope all of the kinks are worked out by January.

Thanks for your service! My Father was a Navy man in the 40's. He. Always told me the difference between a ship and a boat. You can put a boat on a ship.


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