Originally Posted by sharbil
Can anyone voice the pros and cons,on going on a inaugural cruise.Would like too try one on the new Ruby princess when she comes.Thanks!
I've never been on an inaugural cruise, but here is how I would see the pros and cons:
Pros -- Knowing that no one slept in that bed before you ... no one used that cabin ... you're numero uno. Guess there's something special about being on a ship's first voyage ... something you can tell the grandkids about someday. Can you imagine having been on the QE2's first voyage? That had to be truly special.
Cons -- Price. You're gonna pay dearly for an inaugural cruise ... so just hope Princess throws in a few special "gimmies" for the folks on the inaugural sailing ... like maybe some special events, photos, commemorative gifts, etc.
Another "con" would be systems not functioning properly. Even the most carefully laid plans can go awry. When a ship is new, despite how carefully it was built, and how detailed a plan was set up for its roll-out ... things are gonna go wrong. The crew is not used to the ship and their new co-workers, so there are gonna be problems there. Also, there could be minor maintenance problems that will rear their ugly heads and have to be fixed. So, if you are gonna sail an inaugural sailing, be flexible and understanding when something goes wrong.
But, I would imagine doing an inaugural sailing would be fun, so I certainly wouldn't discourage you from doing it. But, man ... I can't help but wonder what the privilege will cost you. Frankly, I'd sooner wait a month ... let the price drop back to normal levels ... and then take my cruise on a new ship then. But, what can I say? I'm a bit on the cheap side.
Blue skies ...