Maiden voyages and new ships

I've read many disappointing reviews on some of the newer ships. Most seem to be within a month or two of launching. Many critics advise delaying cruises until the ship and crew becomes more seasoned, yet many cruisers want to be "first" in line. We were on an early sailing of Symphony and notices some of the newer features like the robot bar and carousel were not operational.

What's the timeframe most have observed for a new ship to hit its stride? (weeks/months/yr?)

Tags: maiden voyages

13 Answers

Read the same, experienced some of it on Symphony - when we sailed, some of the features were not on-line. Same comment from relatives that have sailed close to maiden voyage.

If the ship is your destination, then you're affected more. If you're spending most of your time off-board, then its less of an issue. But I agree with your premise. Ships are introduced without being 100% at the time of launch. Same after a major dry dock.

Only way I would do it, is if I Scored a killer $650 Balcony for a 7 day(Would probably never happen)

However, I go on a cruise to relax, drink, and long as my Beverages are cold, and my food is an edible temperature, and doesnt taste awful, it is difficult to NOT please me on a cruise...all the "Extras" are all bonuses.

And sometimes the ship may be just fine, but some of the crew need a major drydock.

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