I HATE the salt water pools... but my mom LOVES them. For a kid, I love to go under the water and swim around, but when i come back up, I have all this salt water on my lips, and it burns the eyes. I agree that the water is cold. It's not freezing, but it is not warm either. I think it would be a great idea to use fresh water and heat the pools.
Explorer of the Seas---October '04
Vision of the Seas------February'06
Liberty of the Seas---March 8th-15th, 2008
The salt water pools are actually cleaner as they are changed daily and even then they do put small amounts of clorine in it to help sanitize it during the day's use. They do have fresh water showers to rinse off. As for heating the pools....engineering. Hard to heat salt water without lots of maintinance etc. Heated fresh water pools are a health hazard to say the least. Look at the hot tubs and they have lots of clorine and special filtration!
We just recently sailed on Princess for the first time. When I asked my children if there was anything about the Princess cruise that they liked better than our previous cruises (on Carnival and Holland America), their answer was immediate: "FRESHWATER POOLS!!"
Fresh or salt makes no difference to me. As long as it is cool and refreshing. I can always rinse off the salt in a shower. Heat a pool on a ship in a tropical climate? I thought people wanted to cool off not take a bath.
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I would like to see the pools stay open later so a person can swim anytime. My husband and i found we would have like to sit in the hot tubs a few nights instead up walking around trying to burn off supper!
On Serenade, the pools were open until 7pm, but nearly everyone is at dinner, at a show or elsewhere, so there's no point really in keeping the pools open 24/7. Plus, too dangerous. Once false trip by a drunk who falls into the pool & dies since nobody watches the pool & then the cruise line is blamed & law suit ensues.
Not worth it.
Keep the salt water! Salt water kills bacteria (hence, anytime you get Poison Ivy, people always tell you to put it in salt water). It will make up for the disgusting people who don't wash their hands when they leave the bathroom. At least when they go in the pool, they will be sanitized.
i like these pools! i have a normal pool in my backyard, and you can't really tell anyway!! This takes care of A LOT of the germs that can be spread in a pool, I'm surprised even some land resorts dont use the salt water for that reason
I must humbly disagree. We have a "freshwater" pool in our backyard. When I'm on a cruise, I am so happy to NOT clean the pool that I don't care if it is freshwater or saltwater.
I cannot imagine the resources that ships would need to use to cleanse the water in a pool. My home pool is about 14,000 gallons. How much time and energy would it take to filter all of that water? Especially since most people just dip in the pool - you don't see a lot of lap swimmers. I'd rather see the cruise lines use that expense to improve the food!
RCCI Mariner of the Seas - Western Caribbean - March 2006
Next up ... Mariner of the Seas - Eastern Caribbean - September 2006
Yeah...I don't really like the saltwater pools. It really stings you skin and your eyes. I understand that they have freshwater rinsing showers, but please, Carnival, change to freshwater pools. Seawater is sort of gross, anyway.