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Old March 20th, 2006, 04:57 PM
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Default What to Expect on Inaugural Cruise?

My parents are booked on the Pride of Hawaii for the inaugural cruise that leaves LA on May 22nd. Since it is the first cruise, what should one expect from that experience? I've read various things throughout my time here on cruisemates - some say that the first cruises are "bumpy" service-wise as most are getting used to the ship. On the other hand, I'm hopeful that there will be some pomp & circumstance as it is the first cruise. Any info. would be appreciated.

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Old March 21st, 2006, 10:18 AM
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We once cruised on an inaugural sailing and for the most part it was good. There were a few glitches but overall it was fine.

For example, the hand dryers in the public restrooms didn't work. They were still painting the pilot house. Some lights in the lounge weren't working.

Book me on your next cruise and enjoy your personal punching bag.
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Old March 23rd, 2006, 08:37 PM
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NCL had a lot of problems with the Pride of Aloha when she first started this route. I did not hear similar complaints about the Pride of America.

I would do a search for those ships around the time of their launches just to makre sure.

I woudl caution your parents to pack lots of patience. The ship probably will still have a few kinks to work out.
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