Can anyone tell me if there is something different about an Inaugural Cruise? We are booked on the Ruby Nov 15 - and booked it because it fit our time frame and destinations were good for us.... Is there anyone who has been on an Inaugural before to explain what to expect?
Welcome aboard. There will be some fellow cruisemates on that cruise. Okiguy, coo359a2, SharHite and me. I'm trying to make a "cruisemates"table but is still waiting for a reply from coo359a2 and okiguy, but if you want you can join us for dinner. Both SharHite (Sharon) and me have first seating but won't mind changing it. Pls let me know what you think.
Enchantment OTS 2007
C.Valor Sept 2008
Liberty OTS 2009
C.Glory Sept 2011
Brilliance OTS 2012
Mariner OTS (TA)
Serenade OTS TA (Nov '13)
We haven't been on a Princess Inaugural cruise, but were on the recent Cunard Queen Victoria. Like you we booked it because of the ports of call, so anything on top of that was a bonus.
Obviously Princess & Cunard will have different thoughts, and I reckon Princess will probably make more of your trip, than Cunard did of ours, but we had a couple of gifts left in the cabin during the cruise, along with books which you were able to get the Captain to sign (if you were happy to join the very long queues).
The gift shops were a bit of a joke, as they had limitted stock of 'Inaugural Cruise' items, most having "Maiden Season" instead so that they could remain on sale for far longer.
Most of the ports that we visitted were crowded with people & dignitaries coming to see the ship, and we had some great firework sailaways, with the ship's whistle being used overtime - quite an emotional experience.
One thing to remember though, the ship will also be new to the crew so please be patient with them whilst they get used to working in their new home.
Hope you have a fantastic time,
Alan & Katrina
Last Cruise: P&O Adonia June 2014
Next Cruise: Azamara Journey August 2014
followed by: Queen Victoria November 2014
followed by: Queen Elizabeth December 2014
Golden, Grand(2), Caribbean, Sea(4+1 aborted)
Adonia(4+2), Arcadia, Artemis(2), Aurora(5), Azura(2), Oceana(3), Oriana(11), Ventura(2), Victoria(5)
QM2(2), QE2(9), QV(5), QE, Caronia(2), Minerva II, Fred.Olsen(8), NCL Jade, =X= Eclipse, HAL Ryndam
I was on the Caribbean Princess' first sailing. Since I had never been on a cruise I didn't know what to expect. I did find that things did run as smooth the first 2 or 3 days, but nothing really bad...just timing in the dining rooms and little stuff like that.
We got a nice little glass coaster with the ship on it as a first cruise gift, I would hope you get something as well. It was very nice and still sits on display on my end table.
We were on the inaugural of the Diamond Princess and the Crown Princess. There wasn't much fanfare except a few tugboats would spray water as we were leaving port. The shops would have some items for sale for the inaugural cruise, but that was about it.
Sea Princess 3/01
Golden Princess 10/01
Sun Princess 3/02
Sea Princess 3/03 (b2b)
Diamond Princess 3/04 (inaugural)
Island Princess 3/05
Crown Princess 5/06 (inaugural)
NCL Dawn 9/06
Crown Princess 6/07
NCL Dawn 10/07
I myself have never done an inaugural Cruise but have heard a few reports from friends who say that the crew didn't really have things together yet. I can't imagine it would impact the whole experience & besides you might even get a special gift for being the first cruisers.
We were on an inaugural cruise on Holland America. Actually, we were suppose to be on the third cruise, but delivery of the ship had been delayed and our cruise became the inaugural cruise.
Things I would point out about an inaugural cruise is that it could be delayed if the ship is not delivered in time.
We found that there were plumbing problems in the public areas on our inaugural cruise.
I will not take another inaugural cruise. I would plan for a cruise a month or two after the new ship is suppose to go in service. This gives them time to work out all the bugs and assures that you won't have to reschedule your cruise or jump on a different ship.