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April 2, 2017

Glamorous Champagne Christenings 
7 Reasons an Inaugural Voyage May Be the 
Ultimate Cruise Vacation

Cruise Ship Debuts: Inaugural Cruises For 2017
New Ships Launching Across All Categories of Cruising

 

 

  

  



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Cruise Ship Debuts: Inaugural Cruises For 2017

Every year, the world’s welcome variety of new ocean and river-faring cruise ships, and 2017 is no exception. In total, the cruise industry will launch 23 new ships, with the river cruise sector offering the largest number of new options, at 14.

(There are currently 79 ships scheduled to debut from 2017 to 2020. To see a listing of all the ships that you can expect to see in the near future, please click here. To see a listing of inaugural cruises, please click here.)

Here’s what’s premiering in 2017:

Upscale Contemporary Cruise Lines

  • MSC Cruises will debut MSC Meraviglia on June 10, 2017. It will carry 4,500 passengers.
  • MSC Cruises will debut the MSC Seaside in November 2017. It will carry 4,140 passengers.
  • Norwegian Cruise Line will debut the Norwegian Joy in April 2017. It will carry 4,200 passengers.
  • Viking Ocean Cruises will debut the Viking Sky on March 23, 2017. It will carry 930 passengers.
  • Viking Ocean Cruises will debut the Viking Sun on November 17, 2017. It will carry 930 passengers.

Premium Cruise Lines

  • Princess Cruises will debut the Majestic Princess to be delivered on May 14 2017. It will carry 3,560 passengers.
  • Tui Cruises will debut the Mein Schiff 6 in April 2017. It will carry 2,500 passengers.

Ultra-Luxury Cruise Lines

  • Silversea Cruises will debut the Silver Muse on April 10, 2017. It will carry 596 passengers.

River Cruise Lines

  • AmaWaterways will debut the AmaKristina on April 14, 2017. It will carry 158 passengers.
  • American Cruise Lines will debut the American Constellation May 6, 2017. It will carry 170 passengers.
  • CroisiEurope will debut the ms Miguel Torga in April 2017. It will carry 132 passengers
  • CroisiEurope will debut the RV Indochine II in August 2017. It will carry 60 passengers.
  • CroisiEurope will debut the MS Symphonie II in April 2017. It will carry 106 passengers.
  • CroisiEurope will debut the MS Douce France II in June 2017. It will carry 135 passengers.
  • CroisiEurope will debut the African Dream in November 2017. It will carry 16 passengers.
  • Crystal River will debut Crystal Bach in June 2017. It will carry 110 passengers.
  • Crystal River will debut Crystal Mahler in August 2017. It will carry 110 passengers.
  • Emerald Waterways will debut the Emerald Liberte in July 2017. It will carry 138 passengers.
  • Emerald Waterways will debut the Emerald Radiance in June 2017. It will carry 112 passengers.
  • Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection will introduce the S.S. Joie de Vivre in March 2017. It will carry 128 passengers.
  • Viking River Cruises will debut Viking Herja in March 2017. It will carry 190 passengers.
  • Viking River Cruises will debut Viking Hild in March 2017. It will carry 190 passengers.

Expedition Cruise Lines

  • Lindblad Expeditions will debut the National Geographic Quest in June 26, 2017. It will carry 100 passengers.
     


Seven Reasons an Inaugural Voyage May Be the Ultimate Cruise Vacation

An inaugural cruise: The phrase brings to mind the exclusive nature of glamourous champagne christenings, celebrity godmothers and brand-new ship features and amenities. Avid cruisers add these voyages to the top their vacation lists, due to the many perks and bonuses of the sailings.

(There are currently 79 ships scheduled to debut from 2017 to 2020. To see a listing of all the ships that you can expect to see in the near future, please click here. To see a listing of inaugural cruises, please click here.)

CruiseCompete has compiled a list of seven things to love about an inaugural cruise.

1. Global Celebrations. Depending on the significance of the ship, there may be a very impressive pomp-and-circumstance inaugural ceremony, with esteemed guests from all over the world. Then too, the arrival of a new ship in port may be cause for local celebrations all along the voyage, with festivities in several cities during the course of the itinerary.

2. A Memorable Voyage. The lines frequently offer mementos to passengers of a maiden voyage. When Cunard's Queen Mary 2 launched, she offered "Limited Edition" QM2 maiden-voyage commemorative items, including t-shirts, playing cards, cups and saucers, stamps, baseball caps and key chains… and even painted ostrich eggs! These small souvenirs are a tangible way to remember your voyage. Sometimes the lines even go a bit further, giving each cabin a very special present, usually customized, worth $50 or more.

3. Introductory Pricing. To create interest in the ship, some maiden voyages offer rates on an itinerary that will be priced significantly higher in the future. Since public opinion has not yet been formed and the cruise lines are eager to put their best foot forward, the inaugural sailing of a ship can sometimes translate to a steal on cruise fares.

4. The Excitement of Exclusivity. You’ve been written into a page of history as a member of the “elite” group of passengers present for the very first sailing of a new ship. Not to mention, there are some serious bragging rights that go along with being able to say, "I was on the maiden voyage of that beautiful ship".

3. Beyond Special Amenities. Positive word of mouth is the key to better booking for future sailings, so the line may offer extra special food options, entertainment and activities. Passengers on a maiden voyage can take advantage of perks that may not exist on future sailings.

6. An Immaculate, Sparkling Environment. Just like a new house, or car, there’s a certain appeal to being on a brand-new ship…. where accommodations have no wear and tear, and there’s no sign of the passengers who have come before. Every part of the ship is in untouched condition – the rooms are pristine, the carpets spotless, and every dish, sheet and towel has never been used. Is there such a thing as a new-ship smell? There’s only one way to find out.

7. Customized Services- Because the shipboard routine is still fluid, the ship’s staff tends to be quite flexible with things like menus, seating options and the scheduling of on-board activities. There is an accommodating flow in areas that simply won’t be possible on later cruises as schedules solidify.

There is unquestionably something special about being on board a cruise ship during the inaugural cruise, but these voyages do fill up early. To research upcoming maiden voyages, please visit the Inaugural Cruises section on CruiseCompete.

For a list of ships launching in 2017 and beyond, please click here.

 


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