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Old August 17th, 2005, 04:37 PM
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I did enjoy having the option of washing clothes while cruising on Princess and have in the past done so. It makes packing lighter and not going home with luggage full of dirty clothes. While I know Royal Caribbean does have a laundry service, but it would be a big plus having a few laundry rooms on the guest decks......I'd like to also see them on Celebrity as well.

We are going on our first Carnival cruise in a few weeks and I understand they also have them, so again, I can pack on the lighter side and do a load once during the week, saves me a lot of time and work when I get home, besides the food shopping, etc.

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Even though laundry facilities would be nice on all cruise lines to me that is not a vacation.
Since I seem to be the laundry king here at our home going on a cruise and doing laundry is not my forte.

Have to admit not packing as much is a consideration. I really feel that the cruise lines that do not offer this are considering your behalf to enjoy the experience of cruising and not being home doing the everyday chores.

I remember our very first cruise in 1978. There was no news in the daily cruise paper or the TV (very limited) at that time at all. When asked at the pursers desk said "You are on a cruise vacation and the news would only be a deterrent to the experience of cruising". Never forget those words. So why do laundry??
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Old August 18th, 2005, 08:33 AM
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Y2C, not to be overly cynical, but the ships make far more revenue from our sending laundry out than they do from the self-serve laundromats, which likely don't even break even.

I understand why you don't want to wash clothes on vacation, but for many of us, having that choice is preferable to lagging gigantic suitcases all over the place. Since virtually all of the newer ships on most lines are putting in laundromats, I have to assume a lot of people agree with this sentiment.
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Especially on longer cruises It's nice not to have to hand wash items and have them strung about the cabin. I'm a very light packer and much prefer carry-on luggage which I have under my control at all times and which I know will be in my cabin cause I put it there (unlike the stevadors in New Orleans who put my bag in the bottom of the mighty Mississippi). If that means I have to do a little laundry, whether my hand or machine, it's not a problem for me.
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Old August 18th, 2005, 02:13 PM
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If I wanted to do the laundry, I'd stay at home!
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I definitely don't wash clothes while I"m cruising, but I do, however, iron everyday (even when I'm at home). Having a laundry room close by for whenever I need to use the iron is a BIG PLUS for me.
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Just remember, we are not talking major laundry, no sheets, towels, etc....just a frew tops shorts, socks, etc....may-be one load for the entire week, thats it. Its very easy to find an hour or so during the week to do it, especially on a sea day, then when you get home, very little that you have to wash, works for me. Plus, I'm still not making beds, cooking or cleaning, so a load or two during a weeks cruise is no big deal to me.

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Old August 18th, 2005, 03:49 PM
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For the half hour it may take you to do a tiny wash, it's not a big deal..Bring a book and read, or go back and take a nap I like the convenience, and chatting with others there will pass the time away...yes, there are others

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Old August 20th, 2005, 03:02 AM
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I think all the ships should have it as an option. Cost is too high to have it done on the ship, and it does save on packing. I did one or two loads on the Legend and it really came in handy it did not affect my vacation. I want to cruise to Alaska but notice neither Celebrity, RCL or NCL ships have them, one lady did hers in port but that really sounds depressing, so I would like to have em on board all ships. Carnivals got a great idea and lucky for me the laundry was never full.
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I'd like to see it as an option too. Not only does it make sense for those who want to pack light, but those who don't want to wait a whole day to get their laundry/ironing back. I'm one of these people who doesn't plan what I'm going to wear until I'm ready to get dressed. It sure would be nice to have an iron handy or be able to quick dry a rinsed out bathing suit (few minutes in the drier).
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Wow! I'm glad I read this thread because I didn't know RCCL doesn't have guest laundry rooms. Is that not on any of the ships in the fleet, Donna?
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Y2C, not to be overly cynical, but the ships make far more revenue from our sending laundry out than they do from the self-serve laundromats, which likely don't even break even.

How would you calculate break even on a self serve laudromat? I would imagine that as soon as the machine is paid for, what 200 loads @ $1 or 100 loads @ $2, after that it would be pure profit. Water is free, electricity is free.

I think it is great that they have them on board, while doing a B2B or pre or post cruise hotel I can save on packing.

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Hi Karen,
Yes, none of the Royal Caribbean ships have self service laundry rooms, nor does Celebrity.

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I am so lazy on my cruises, I hate even to have to bend down and pull the suitcase out from under the bed to put the dirty clothes in at the end of the day! DO A LOAD OF WASH!!! That would be a prison sentence for this guy!
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"How would you calculate break even on a self serve laudromat? I would imagine that as soon as the machine is paid for, what 200 loads @ $1 or 100 loads @ $2, after that it would be pure profit. Water is free, electricity is free."

No such thing as a free lunch--or load of laundry. Clean, desalinated water and electricity are not "free" anywhere on the planet, particularly on a cruise ship, where they cost quite a bit more than on land. Laundry rooms require regular cleaning, stocking and some supervision. Machines receiving heavy use require continual maintenance and fairly frequent replacement.

All of these things are also the case in the regular ship's laundry, of course, but there the costs are covered by the higher laundry prices.

As I said in the NCL laundry thread I started, I would surely like to see this option on all ships. But I can see why it's not a moneymaker for the lines. Fortunately, self-serve laundry does seem to be the trend, so if enough of us keep asking for it, we'll get it.
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I beg to differ, the water and power are both free!

I would think far more power and water is wasted by the passengers going about showering, toileting and charging electric batteries and laptops to worry about the miniscule amount of water and power that is used by the washers.

The other items you listed are also covered by the crew doing their assigned work anyway, no extra effort there. As for heavy use, they are the heavy duty laundromat variety that probably need service once a year.

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Wow, the ships don't pay for power and water? Who knew?

And labor is free, too? How about that?

And only land-based laundromat machines need service, you say?

I'll be darned. Thanks for, uh, setting us straight, Pete.
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No, I didn't say that, that was the way you decided to interpret it.

No, they do not pay for power and or water, both are a function of the generators and desalinisation plants on board. So while they do pay for the fuel to run both, there is no meter on the machines, and no bill to pay. What I was doing was comparing the relatively modest amount of power and water in comparison to the amount used/wasted by the passengers.

I also never said the labor is free either, I said the crew is already there, and an additional check on the laundrmat is neither a time intensive or specialised duty to keep it clean and restock the soap dispensers.

On your third point, I never said that they never need service, but that they are the heavy duty machines that are built for heavy-duty applications and need infrequent service.

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I don't like packing soiled clothing around. On my upcoming 8 day cruise I'm sure I'll find time time about the 7th day to freshen things up a bit. I'm sure Customs will also appreciate it to when there is no soiled sock/undie bag to search during debarkation. Ah to pack a dry swim suit. I appreciate the option of laundry facility availability.

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I don't love doing laundry any more than the next person. However, I also don't have enough clothes (or suitcases large enough) to pack for a seven day cruise without doing at least one load of laundry during the week! Especially since we tend to go through two changes of clothing a day: one casual for daytime or shore excursions, and then one a little more dressed up for the evening meal. If we were just going on a 3 or 4 night cruise, it probably wouldn't be an issue....but for 7 or more nights, it is for my family.

The way I see it, we either do laundry, or wear dirty clothes the last half of the week! <<grin>>

With the cost of shore excursions these days, who has any money left over to pay for someone else to do your laundry? :-)

Seriously -- RCI's lack of self-serve laundry facilities would influence my decision on whether to cruise with them or not.

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Considering all the ships (RCI and Celebrity) have already been built with every available space assigned for specific tasks - how in the world would you expect them to insert self-service laundry rooms??? Can't be done!

And, I really don't think customs cares whether you have dirty laundry in your luggage or not - they've pretty much seen everything ... plus it's highly unlikely they will even inspect your bags after disembarkation.

I'd recommend you double up on your clothes - if you wear a top and shorts one day - 4 days later you could wear it again ... and it still shouldn't be really dirty unless you're a complete s**b.

And if you want to limit the amount of underwear you bring, it's really not that hard to hand wash some items and hang it in the shower where they conveniently have a string/cable to stretch across the space.

If ironing is really a big deal, buy some of those nifty spray cans that take the wrinkles out ... or bring along a steamer (they're allowed - irons aren't).

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I can see where it would be impossible to add them to existing ships, but its something to look at for new builds....

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Our first cruise was on the Disney Magic and they had self-serve laundries. I pack very light and it was great to do a load or two mid-week. Every time I sail RCI I write on their comment card to consider putting self-serve laundries in. We are going on a 9 day in August on the Explorer and I just dread having to pack all the "just-in-case" clothes instead of "just enough" clothes - for the four of us!!!!
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I think a self service laundry would be an advantage for any of the 7+ days cruises. I would use it. If you don't like doing laundry, send it out to have them do it, or pack enough to get you through the entire cruise, and do it when you get home. It's all a matter of personal preference. If your vacation would be "ruined" by haveing to do laundry, then don't do it. I personally would like the opportunity to do my own laundry, even if it was just 1 load. As it is we are looking at a possible laundry in one of our ports as a possibility, now that would be a hassle, if we feel we need too. That will be decided when we pack as to if we have enough room to carry a full 7 day/night supply.
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I personally wish ALL cruise ships had the self laundry feature. We were on a 7-night Princess cruise last summer and packed what we thought were plenty of clothes. However with the caribbean heat, exercise and dining room dress codes we found ourselves changing multiple times throughout the day. Needless to say, we went through our clothes pretty quickly. The self service laundry facility was so convenient. We washed two loads of clothes for about what it would cost to press an evening gown.
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I like the idea, as people with small children may need the facilities. But myself, I would prefer to not do laundry on the cruise ship. I think that the cruise ship is a place of vacation and not where I live and doing laundry is a home chore.
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Having a few laundry rooms on the guest deck means having people hanging around outside your cabin as early as 6 am. They do not care that people are sleeping. It turns your cabin area into a laundry mat. I know because this is what happened on the Carnival Valor to me. I paid $$$ for a nice balcony cabin only to have it cheapened by rude people hanging in the laundry room at all hours. Yes, hours were posted but like anything elese the rule were not inforced. Please keep the laundry off of the guests decks it does not belong there!
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