I enjoy a nice pool first, but if cruising and at a beach, then its the ocean....Just got to have a nice beach to go with it....Love the cruises that stop at private islands/beaches, highlight of the cruise.
For me, the beach is for bathing and the pool for swimming. I swim at least 300 yards every day and can do it about nine months a year in my unheated pool. Postage stamp size pools on the ship are just for looking at.
Without question-the ocean! Salt is better for the skin than chlorine-and better for the swim suit too. And the ocean is much cleaner than a pool- and more buoyant.
Splendor of the Seas 1997
Regal Empress 1998
Sovereign of the Seas 2003
Princess Sun 2006
Princess Sea 2007