Inaugural Cruises - Would You Take One? What Was Your Experience?

I have never taken one of these shakedown cruises. I did talk to some passengers on the Koningsdam inaugural cruise when were in the same port in Rome. One couple said that everything was great; another couple mentioned several mishaps. Sound familiar? If you have ever been on one, I'd like to hear about your experience. Sometimes cruise lines put their best staff on a new ship for a few weeks to make sure that things go smoothly.

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I would take one is if it was also the re-positioning from a ship yard in Europe to the US..... I love transatlantic cruises with a solid week at sea. I would go with low expectations so that way I would be happy when things just go OK.

We are on the fence about an inaugural cruise. It's great to be on a brand spanking new ship... but the downside is being somewhat of a guinea pig while the bugs are being worked out. It would probably come down to the itinerary and the pricing... even with the best crew being on board.

That would be fun! I'm just leery about the bugs to work out. You see all the bad stuff that goes on and "rushed" cruises. I'll take the 4th or 5th one maybe lol.

I'm not sure. I would say yes but ultimately I think I would prefer to wait a month or two.

Definaltly would. We have looked into a few, they just did not work out.

Probably not. We were on the Carnival Dream for it's first sailing from a USA port and it had a lot of glitches. The worst was trying to dock in San Juan. While the ship had been docked on a simulator the programmer forgot to put in some guide wires at the port. The ship could not dock there as the guide wires would have hit the life boats. They tried several different places and ultimately we had to bypass San Juan. It wasn't the end of the world (at least for us) but just another wrinkle that would be (and was) ironed out with time. That said, there is really no such thing as never when it comes to cruising for me.Wink

I think I would.

No. It is very tempting but too many chances for things to not be smooth. If I recall there was a recent RCL inaugural that did not go so well and a number of the deatures were not quite ready for prime time. I think I would rather forgo the bragging rights of an inaugural sailing and go instead a month or two after she is in business. This gives the crew and staff a chance to get accustomed to things and the kinks to work out of things.

It would not be my first choice. If it was the only ship doing the itinerary at a specific time I would, but would probably look elsewhere. Too many horror stories of broken items, venues being closed because they aren't ready, etc.

I'm thinking about taking an inaugural cruise on Carnival's new ship Horizon in 2018....much like everyone else. I don't want to risk having too many mishaps


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