maiden voyage

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maiden voyage

1. The first time a vehicle, especially a boat or ship, departs on a journey. My parents bought my a car for my birthday! I can't wait to take it out on its maiden voyage. The Queen attended the maiden voyage of the new Royal Navy Aircraft Carrier.
2. By extension, the first time one experiences or goes through something. This is the quarterback's maiden voyage in the Super Bowl.
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maiden voyage

Fig. the first voyage of a ship or boat. The liner sank on its maiden voyage. Jim is taking his yacht on its maiden voyage.
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maiden voyage

The first experience, as in This tennis tournament is my maiden voyage in statewide competition. This term, originally meaning the first voyage of a ship, was first recorded in 1901, but the use of maiden to signify "the first time" dates from the mid-1500s.
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There is something undeniably exciting about being one of the first guests aboard a brand new ship on one of its maiden voyages, the firm said.
In order to generate interest in the ship, some maiden voyages offer "introductory pricing," which can be significantly lower than future sailings.
The line may take this opportunity to impress passengers on a maiden voyage with extra special food, entertainment and activities.
They talk about what their jobs entailed, their maiden voyages -and the various adventures they experienced along the way.
Mauretania, pictured here, made her maiden voyage -from Liverpool to New York -on June 17,1939, with crowds of people lining the Mersey waterfront to give her a good send-off.
VOYAGE:Cunard Liner Passenger The Saxonia,built in Glasgow,made her maiden voyage to Montreal in September 1954; VESSELS:The Empress of Canada and Empress of England in Gladstone dock in the early 1960s.
One ship's hotel manager told us maiden voyages draw inaugural junkies for oddball reasons--such as those who simply love to sleep on spanking new bed sheets or dine on dinnerware no one has touched before.
When we set sail from Istanbul on Princess Cruises' Grand Princess, the maiden voyage came off with hardly a hitch.
Disney learned, however, and by the time the Disney Wonder debuted the following year, only slightly late, her maiden voyage sailed seamlessly.
Queen Elizabeth will depart on its maiden voyage on 12 Oct.