Is one of your main enjoyments on a cruise, to lounge by the pool? Some pool areas are absolutley gorgeous, while others.....ahh, not so much....Do you like to be in the midst of the action, or find the aft pools, more enjoyable?
How about hot tubs, love em, or cringe worthy? And, those strappy lounges? OY! On the Epic, on raised platforms, they had mattresses..bet you have to get up early to get those babies!
Have a ship pool that's a favorite? I loved the old NCL Seaward...Huge by todays standards, with a wide surround, for just lounging in an inch or two...The Princess Grand class had beautiful pool areas, but screwed it up, with a wall surrounding it....people watchers like me, were not happy! Epic lost me, with sprawling pool slides,and teeny pools..ugh.....How about you, what do you love about fun in the sun, poolside?
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Lazing by the pool is one of my favorite things about cruising...Nope, doesn't have to be right by the pool. In fact on most Royal Caribbean ships, I go one deck up and still can enjoy any pool activities. When I get really warm, its still easy to go down and take a dip...
I did not care for the pool deck on Carnival Glory, just too small for the amount of passengers. I did notice on Freedom of the Seas, ample room and enough lounge chairs, was never a problem. I am hoping it will be the same on Allure of the Seas when I sail her next Oct....
I don't lounge around the pools. first, I am too hyper to sit anywhere too long;; I go crazy in the theaters having to sit for 50 mins during a show; that's why I won't see Chicago on Allure next month. Second; I have had skin cancer so I keep out of the sun.
Freedom of the Seas Dec 11
Allure of the Seas: Jan 11
Voyager of the Seas: May 09
Splendour of the Seas: May 07
Explorer of the Seas: Jan 04
Majesty of the Seas Jan 99
I like to lounge around aft or above the pool, read and listen to live music. The big video screens seem to be crowding out live performers, sending me to the back. That's okay I like to watch the wake as much as people.
All I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by; John Masefield
Carnival: Glory 2004, Destiny 2008, Splendor 2009, Freedom 2011, Valor 2012, Dream 2013
Celebrity: Summit 2011
Princess: Ruby 2010, 2014, Caribbean 2013, Coral 2014, Regal 2014
Star Clippers: Royal Clipper 2015
The pool lounging is not my thing. Besides finding it uncomfortable and noisy, I am pretty sensitive to the sun. On rare occasions DW will go lounge by the pool and I will sit in the shade nearby.
BUT -- now the Thermal Suite is another thing entirely! When the ship has one, it is the first thing we book. Lounging on the mosaic couches heated from inside, watching the ocean go by through the window -- then into the sauna, then the steam room, and finally the tropical rain shower -- and then hit the red button for the icy mist! That is relaxing!