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Old March 25th, 2013, 11:00 AM
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Originally Posted by Bruce Chafkin1 View Post
A few years back, we drained the pools nearly every day, cleaned them, and refilled them immediately.
Those were in the good old days when passengers followed the rules and instructions about showering before entering the pool.

Then we had our fuel price crisis, and had to come up with ways to reduce fuel consumption. It costs us about US$400 in fuel to produce enough fresh water to fill the average ship's swimming pool. As soon as that info was known to the bean counters, we had a new schedule for changing the water in the pools. Now we can wait for weeks to get the pool water changed. We keep dumping more and more bromine and chlorine into the pools for safety, only draining the water when you can no longer see the bottom.

At the same time, North Americans have stopped showering before swimming. All that deodorant, makeup, body lotions, perfumes, suntan lotion, fecal matter, urine, and god only knows what else, end up in that pool for many days.

I will not even get close to one of those bacteria soup basins.
It's a pet peeve of mine and I agree 100%. I do shower before getting in he pool on the ship and I have to say I'm usually the ONLY ONE who does. Since I am aware of the problem I always note how many others do it and on a rare occasion I'll see one other. On average on a 7-day cruise I'll see two people shower b4 entering the pool.

As a pool owner it amazes me to watch a guest 'lather' up in all kinds of sun product and then immediately jump in the pool. What's the point?
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