Experience the Buzz
New facilities and amenities are showcased on inaugural cruises, so you'll see and do things that cruisers and the media have been talking about for months. What's more, cruise lines want you to say nice things about their cruise ships, especially new ones, as word of mouth is powerful advertising. So be prepared to be spoiled with free gifts, as well as dining and on board entertainment with extra pizzazz – you'll really have something to talk about when you get home.
Great Value and Exceptional Service
Lower prices might surprise you, but like anything new there can be minor hiccups as a new routine is established on an inaugural cruise. Cruise lines often make up for this by offering lower prices for these cruises. Another advantage of potential inaugural cruise mishaps is that the crew go out of their way to provide outstanding service on maiden voyages. Mishaps like rearranging the dining hall midway through the cruise, a late starting show because of technical teething issues can sometimes occur, but with the right attitude it won't ruin your cruise. Far from it, being part of the journey of a new ship makes inaugural cruises absolutely unique.
Make your Mark in Maritime History
Be part of cruise history and be part of the celebration of an incredible feat of engineering. The launch of new cruise ships, especially mega ships, is a real event. Locals and the media have been known to turn out in crowds to see a brand new cruise ship dock for the first time in their port. Being welcomed like celebrities can be a pleasant and slightly overwhelming surprise! The excitement of a maiden voyage infuses the whole atmosphere on board, and it’s a thrill to be part of an extra special cruise on an inaugural voyage.
New cruise ships are launched in all cruise regions. Cruise lines reveal inaugural cruise itineraries well in advance so it is possible to find out which cruise lines are releasing new ships within the next year or two. Ask your travel consultant about inaugural cruise itineraries and cruise ships, and start looking forward to an incredible cruise.