Wilba - Answered a Question by Hildreth (14 Oct 08 15:22)

No Thanks! Too many inaugurals have not gone to plan, general states of unreadiness, untrained crew, being guinea pig for the pleasure of loading 5500 passengers for the first time, I think not. We will then get the inevitable pre inaugural two day jollies if the ship is delivered early with hoards of whingers complaining they are no longer on the ‘maiden’ & looking for half a million quid compensation & a free world cruise. Of course if they are looking for someone to write a review, all expenses paid…….I’ll just check my diary.

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Marshall - replied to Wilba (14 Oct 08 19:46)

Agree with Wilba - and the advice applies for any new thing! Better to be a "late adopter" than a trail blazer .....

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wilde - Answered a Question by Hildreth (14 Oct 08 20:22)

I think you will find its alreaddy sold out !!

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Leake - Answered a Question by Hildreth (15 Oct 08 10:02)

I went on the inaugral cruise on the Queen Victoria to the Xmas Makets in the Baltic last December and yes it did feel quiite special, plenty of firework displays (Southampton, Copenhagen and Hamburg), the entertainmentguest artists were above average (to impress the cruise critics who were onboard), also the chance to purchase unique inaugral cruise merchandise (some of which was on ebay before we docked). On the downside the service was a little slow and you do encounter other problems (the tiolets sometimes failed to flush and the automatic doors to the winter gardens failed to close meaning that this area was not in use during the cruise). Overall, an inaugral cruise feels a little special but you won't have a much better cruise experience.

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Horbury - Answered a Question by Hildreth (16 Oct 08 10:33)

I wouldn't go on an inaugural cruise unless I had to. Did this 6 years ago with friends who wanted to be in Rome on their 40th Wedding Anniversary - so we had no option - this was the only cruise which would be in Rome on that day. They were not organised - food was cold, menus not printed. Lots of problems for the first week. Following this i spoke to the Executive Chef on another cruise and told him about this experience. He had worked on cruise ships for many years and he said he refused to go on Inaugural cruises because there was always teething problems and this created lots of hassle for him. Several other friends who cruise regularly have experienced minor to major teething difficulties on inaugurals.

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Horbury - Answered a Question by Hildreth (16 Oct 08 10:33)

I wouldn't go on an inaugural cruise unless I had to. Did this 6 years ago with friends who wanted to be in Rome on their 40th Wedding Anniversary - so we had no option - this was the only cruise which would be in Rome on that day. They were not organised - food was cold, menus not printed. Lots of problems for the first week. Following this i spoke to the Executive Chef on another cruise and told him about this experience. He had worked on cruise ships for many years and he said he refused to go on Inaugural cruises because there was always teething problems and this created lots of hassle for him. Several other friends who cruise regularly have experienced minor to major teething difficulties on inaugurals.

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Mullett - Answered a Question by Hildreth (16 Oct 08 13:32)

Embarkation and disembarkation usually goes like clockwork but being part of 3,000 passengers we feel is enough, hate to think what it would be like with 5,500 any cruise, let alone an inaugural one.

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Dickinson - Answered a Question by Hildreth (16 Oct 08 17:05)

My husband and I have been on four inaugural cruises, Brilliance of the Seas, Jewel of the Seas, Norwegian Jewel and Carnival Splendor and we haven't had a complaint on any of them. We have loved being the first on board and finding everything so new and unused. The staff are usually from established ships so they know what they are doing. I would say in a heartbeat go for it.

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Lees - Answered a Question by Hildreth (16 Oct 08 22:43)

Wasn't the Titanic on her inaugral journey???????

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Kemp - Answered a Question by Hildreth (17 Oct 08 03:03)

Whilst not the same calibre, we've done 2 inaugeral cruises. 1st was a Thomson's ship on the (now retired) Island Breeze. It was wonderful. Nothing extra special laid on like I'd expect you'd get on the Oasis, but nothing major went wrong. Second, and most recent was last year on Ocean Village 1 inaugeral Western Caribbean cruise. Although the ship was not new, the itinerary was and we missed 2 ports. There were a few other whinges, but many disgruntled customers. To be fair it was probably mainly the Captains fault as he had the personality of a pea and didn't relate to the passengers well when faced with a problem. If Oasis are doing a tried and tested itinerary there should be no problems on that front. However,it would depend on how much testing/checking of systems are done prior to launch - will the ship have to be hurried to complete on time? Leake had good points in that you'll be privileged to get inaugeral items and there will be a lot of hype.

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