Book a Cruise on a Brand-New Ship
When a new cruise ship debuts, many people are anxious to go on that first maiden voyage. It can be exciting to be one of the first passengers to experience the new ship. But if you are looking for a seamless and perfect vacation, it may be best to wait a bit before booking a trip on a new cruise ship- especially if it is your first cruise vacation.

Trip Delays 

One downfall associated with booking a trip on a maiden voyage has to do with delays that are often experienced. While most new ships have made their first trips without any delays, if there are any issues in the final preparations that need to be made before a ship can set sail, this can mean the trip may be pushed back or even cancelled. As more cruise companies are debuting new megaships, this growth in the industry has resulted in back-ups at the ports. The most recent of these delays involved the Scenic Eclipse, a new vessel released by Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours. It was originally set to debut in August 2018 but was delayed three times, eventually setting sail one year from its original date. In the event the planned trip is cancelled, rescheduling can be very difficult, if not impossible. Most cruise companies will offer a refund, but this may be of little comfort to someone who is looking forward to their vacation and has already booked time-off from their work.

Working Out the Kinks 

When something is new, a few bumps in the road are to be expected. The maiden voyage of a ship is often the best time for the cruise liner and crew members to work out these kinks, even though many will also do a test sailing before paying customers take a trip on the ship. However, it will often take a few trips before everything is smooth sailing. Consider all the moving parts on a cruise ship, including the restaurants and different on-board attractions on the ship.

Needed Repairs 

Just like with any new construction, items may be noticed on the ship during the first few voyages that need repairs or adjustments. Sometimes the piping is not working for providing water to the cabins, or the televisions do not work in some of the cabins. Many different features of the ship may still need to be fine-tuned, and if a passenger is expecting everything to function as planned, the trip may end up being a disappointment. It does not necessarily mean that all first-time voyages result in mishaps and issues, but it is always a more distinct possibility on a new ship than one that has been on the water several times.

Unavailable Venues or Attractions 

Many times, entire areas of the ship may not be ready for the public, even on the maiden voyage. Often, the areas that are closed involve attractions or rides that are big pulls for passengers, such as a waterpark, pool or other attraction, which can be a disappointment for passengers who were not expecting these areas to be closed.


If you have been injured on your cruise, on a wet and slippery deck, down a poorly lit staircase or steep gangway, in port on an excursion, or on a tender boat- it is important that you speak as soon as possible with a lawyer who specializes in personal injury claims against cruise lines. Most cruise lines, including Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Norwegian, MSC, Disney, Holland America, Princess, Costa, Regents Seven Seas and Oceania require that claims against them be pursued in a very specific place under very strict deadlines. Failure to comply with each individual cruise lines deadlines can result in a complete loss of any and all legal rights.

Aronfeld Trial Lawyers is a personal injury firm located in Miami, Florida since 1991.  We have fought hard to hold cruise lines accountable when they put their profits ahead of passenger safety.  We are available 24/7 and encourage you to contact us even if you are still on your cruise. The sooner we can begin our investigation and preservation of key evidence, such as the CCTV footage of your trip and fall, slip and fall, assault or other type of injury the more likely we will be able to understand and prove how the incident occurred. Remember, the cruise lines have the most aggressive and well-funded defense lawyers in the world- protecting their profits.  You need an experienced legal advocate in your corner who will fight to obtain the compensation you deserve for lost wages, medical expenses, transportation reimbursement and pain and suffering.  Call us today and speak with a cruise ship claims lawyer about your potential claim- toll free 1-866-597-4529, 305-441-0440, or by email. We are ready to help.