Posted July 17th, 2017, 11:00 AM
I remember reading about all the issues with maiden voyage. But, it was the very first sailing of DCL and hopefully they've learned a thing or two from that experience.They've improved the guest experience with each new launch. They've learned to workout the "bugs" on the ship in advance (we had ALL the ice machines become non-functional, for instance), they've learned to schedule activities in ways that spread out passengers, and they've learned that they need to bring CMs on board well before the launch so that they are fully trained and ready to go. However, no matter what they do, there will always be a difference between a celebrity or charity shake down cruise with relatively few passengers and that first cruise with a full load.
My reading indicates that cruise ships have a useful life of about 40 years...I hope the Magic serves out that full life expectancy. Skipper is right--it will be interesting to see what happens. South America is certainly closer, but there is no real Disney presence there. Asia would be a bigger commitment to get there, but there are tie ins to the two Tokyo parks, Shanghai, etc. And it is an easier hop to Australia from Asia. LOTS of possibilities!