In a cruisemates member review I was researching a Princess ship (the Sea Princess). In the review, Beverly mentioned that it was great that the ship has fresh water pools, and that was a postivie feature of the ship.
I was shocked! I thought all pools were freshwater. I've been trying to decide on what cruise to go on for the past 2 months and never came across this detail.
I've never been on a cruise before and I hate saltwater swimming. I can't find out this very small detail of information in the cruise brochures I have - so I'm hoping all you experts at cruisemates can tell me what the deal is with freshwater vs. saltwater pools.
We took the Sea Princess in February (member review posted), and my partner loved the fact that the pools were freshwater. I don't care either way, as long as they're warm. To be honest, we are in the pool perhaps once or twice on a 7-nighter, so judge how important it is for you.
As Mike said, most are saltwater pools. I think there are just a few that have fresh water. They drain them at night for several reasons including lightening the weight to save fuel and to prevent inebriated passengers from frolicking in the water and injuring themselves. But even though the pools are saltwater there are freshwater showers around the pool to rinse off in.
The salt water pools was something that bugged me about cruising until I finally went on a cruise. I was shocked at the difference between swimming in the pools than swimming of a beach. My skin never felt itchy and sticky even if I didn't rinse off in the freshwater showers. And my eyes weren't irritated. As I understand it, they do add some chlorine to the salt water. Whatever they do, it's different than snorkling in the ocean and swimming off the beach.
As far as I know, Princess is also the only major line that leaves the pools/hot-tubs open 24hrs a day (except when draining one to clean). A big plus when you want to avoid kids. Personally, I don't like to use them most of the time because kids are using them.
Of course I prefer fresh over salt BUT, when you think of hygenically, the salt would seem to be safer than the fresh as it is drained every night and clorine is still added. As another poster said, there are freeshwatrer showers all around the pools to rinse off both before and after you use the pools.
Community Staff Leader
Just wanted to say thanks to everyone who supplied me with information on the pools! I have been looking for cruise information on-line for the past 2 months and whenever I have a hard questions THIS is the place I find the answers!