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Old June 28th, 2006, 10:56 PM
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i'm sure there are logistics involved in how to flush toilets on a cruise ship, which has limited "sewers". however, considering the fact that those toilets sound powerful enough to suck a small antelope down, how about either adjusting that or soundproofing the bathrooms a little more? i felt so awful about waking my bf up during the night because i had to go to the bathroom and i'm just not one of those "if it's yellow, let it mellow" kind of girls.

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The first time I flushed on 1st cruise, I thought it was going to reach out and pull me through too.
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noisy toilets are an ongoing cruise joke the sound even has a name
'VAAAWOOSH"
I don't know the mechanics of the toilets but i think it has something to do with them being pressurized??
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Lisa,
The toilets are vacuum run. On some ships, they actually warn folks, especially the gents, not to flush while still sittting on the toilet. I think that they should make their little joke, then seriously warn parents to make sure that small kids not flush while sitting. That's also why the flushing button is behind the seat. Using the vacuum system saves the cruise lines a bundle because fresh water is expensive to carry around and/or produce (some ships have de-salinization facilities on board). And, salt water corrodes the pipes. Which I don't understand, since I would think most would now be PVC. But, I'm not a ship's engineer, just got the above info from one.
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Great, no problem sleeping with a boyfriend, but you don't want him to know that you actually at times have to make potty?
Ship plumbing systems are designed to work as smoothly as they can. The noise, as another poster said is just part of the experience.
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It's a ship Chosen, that's the way toilets on a ship work. You'll get used to it.
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i understand how toilets work and the basic human need to "make potty". all i was saying was, since this is a forum to suggest improvements, that maybe someone could find a way to make it a little quieter. no big deal. i just thought that keeping unnecessary excess noise out of the cabin while someone else was sleeping was a polite thing. *shrug* to each their own.
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Chosen, the engineers who design current marine vacuum sewage systems are designing the best state of the are systems that modern technology allows. they are a vast improvement over old style marine pump devices. I have been on a lot of cruises and you are the first person I've ever heard complain. Maybe you don't like the way the ship rocks when the waves get high either. Its part of going to sea.
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Chosen,
Courtesy is great. But, the vacuum system isn't going anywhere. There are a lot of "insider" cruise jokes and those toilets have always been one of them. Don't worry about it. Just have fun on your next one!
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Don't worry about it. Just have fun on your next one!
Marty, have fun on your next cruise or on your next toilet

We've been on four cruises and the "whoosh" still surprises me !

I'm just thrilled when the toilet works. On my parent's first cruise (in the early 1970's) they had to wait most of the first afternoon to get into their cabin because the toilet had overflowed . They still had a great time!
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Hi Fern,
the only time toilet is fun is on a cruise. I am such a cruise junkie that certain things, like the ship's whistle and even the toilet noise make me happy because they are unique to cruises.
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Lisa, when you hear the "WOOSH," you know that the toilet is working.

One problem with vacuum toilets is stoppage in an entire section of cabins. If someone sends a not-to-be-flushed item into the system, such as a diaper or feminine product, it can effect many toilets.

We encountered this vexing problem one night, but it was repaired in a timely manner.

So when you hear the "Woosh," Don't Worry---Be Happy."

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I always warn the first-timers that we might be cruising with about the "VAAWOOSH" factor
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Hey maybe I could get one of those installed in my house and it would help me get my fix when I wasn't on board
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They ARE noisy...but it's a comfort knowing it works...I mean, given the alterative...
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