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Old August 31st, 2003, 09:42 PM
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Default maiden voyage

We are going on the maiden voyage of the RCL "mariner of the sea" 11/16/03. This will also be our first cruise. I was wondering if anyone has comments regarding "maiden voyages"? Things to watch out for good or bad. Thanks
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Old September 1st, 2003, 01:41 PM
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My husband and I will be going on the same cruise - can't wait! 76 days to go...
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Old September 2nd, 2003, 11:54 AM
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the main thing i think is that the crew hasn't got into their "rhythm" on a maiden voyage, you may run into a few small service problems, but that's about it.
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Old September 2nd, 2003, 02:00 PM
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We were on the maiden voyage last year of the Carnival Pride. The workers were still painting the exterior surfaces in some locations. The public bathroom hand dryers didn't work. But that was about it.

Your ship probably sailed from Helsinki to America with a crew aboard. During this time they were going through training, and practicing, and rehearsing. More than likely the ship will first do a 2-day cruise to nowhere for Travel Agents only, to let them see the new offering. Then it will do your cruise.

Don't worry, she should be well tested by the time you board.

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