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Yes 21 58.33%
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Old March 9th, 2006, 01:17 PM
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Having the ability to wash is a simple task..let alone on most ships that cruise for days ... Not having the ability and/or even the Facility is ludicrous...

Why now not even on the New Noordam (IV) they do not have a Washer Room (Washing and Drying Machines) ?
They put in more Staterooms and reduced balconey spaces in some.. but still no Washer Rooms...


A lot of Dirty Laundry will be coming off the Ships now.. as well unhappy Cruisers...

Do you know who created the first Commercial Washing Machine?


A= The Shakers did. The most inventive people of all time..

Now Holland American Line a child of Carnival Corp. NYSE: CCL does not even put Washing Rooms for the Cruisers on the ships?


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I vote for "Couldn't care Less". I'm on vacation and I do not do laundry when I am away. Do enough of that at home.

I send everything to the laundry, except my unmentionables. The service is so inexpensive on HAL ships and everything comes back nicely washed and pressed that there is no way I am spending my time standing in a laundry room waiting for everything to be washed and dried.

Get used to it as I doubt HAL will be putting laundry rooms on any of their newbuilds.
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I understand that the Vista class ships do not have coin op laundry facilities like all other Holland ships and most Princess ships. that is a terrible mistake. On longer cruises it is a Godsend and a necessity. Can't imagine a cruise of 2 weeks duration or longer without it. It is no big deal you take an hour of a day at sea and do it. No problem at all. It is sheer idiocy not to include this expected service on the vista class ships. Of course they are the mass market ships and will for the most part be doing the shorter cruises -- but still.
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I can't vote yes or no on this one. On a seven day cruise, I could care less. On a 14 day cruise I say yes. On the longer cruise I do want the ability to wash undergarments and a few t and light shirts. The rest is sent out for cleaning. I am not going to spend hours doing laundry.

Well: I should say, my wife isn't going to spend hours doing laundry.

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The Vista class ships are built for 7 to 10 day voyages. They do not expect passengers to need to clean their clothes for "short" journeys. WRONG!!!!

My son and his wife took their honeymoon in Europe on the Westerdam. They did a few days of land tours prior to boarding the ship. They would have loved the ability to wash their clothes and take fewer clothes on their trip.

My husband and I have been on the Prinsendam 3 (and booked for a 4th) time. The Prinsendam is built for longer journeys and does have washer/dryers available. I love to do my laundry on sea days or days when I do not have a tour booked and only "walk around" in the city we are visiting.

I wish every cruise ship had washer/dryers, but there must be some financial reason why HAL did not build them on the Vista class ships

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Slotl, I think you are right, there is an economic reason. It is that they can make more money by forceing you to use the ship's laundry service. Same reason they won't let you bring on your own bottle any more.
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I was told that one of the reasons that there are no washers/dryers on the new ships is that the maintenance of the machines is so high, that in the long run it just wasn't feasable to install them.........they were always breaking down and if they had to wait for parts, then they were out of service for weeks. Sometimes the machines were old and parts were not available.

You can pack a heck of a lot of clothes into that blue laundry bag and for $12.00 it's worth it to me.

Home Lines never had washers/dryers and this was a shock to us when we first boarded the old Westerdam right after HAL bought her from HL. They did install them after the ship was stretched.
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Just returned from the waher/dryerless noordam and I can say that it was not a problem. And this is from a mother with two children and a husband with her!!! We were gone for a total of 14 days. Four days pre cuise and ten days on ship. I do laundry 338 days a year please give me a break!!!! If you sign up at the front desk the first couple days of the cuise you can have unlimited laundry done per cabin number for $70. and Unlimited ironing done for $30 for the duration of the cruise. They said that items would be back within 48 hours but I always had my items back by dinner the same day if I gave it to the room Steward by 9am. Everything came back clean, folded and impecibly ironed. So worth the money. And I got to spend more time with my family.
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Sunbeam, as an old do it yourself laundry couple, we'll have to admit that does sound like a good deal
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My first cruise in in July - Noordam 10 day Mediteranean. I read about the $12/ bag laundry which sounds good. My question is: who separates the lights from the darks? Or would I give them 2 bags of clothes?
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Hi jonibook,

They'll separate the lights from darks in the laundry. Keep in mind that if something must be washed in cold water, there's really no such thing on a ship! I've found the water temperature to be lukewarm at best. (Found out the hard way )

If you roll your clothes very tightly and squish all the air out you can get quite a bit in that bag !
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My husband and myself don't mind doing laundry when we travel.. Last cruise (Ryndam) we had a suite directly across from the laundry room.. we ran into quite a few people wo were doing their own laundry.. and they didn't mind it.. skagway
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I was lead to believe that HAL eliminated the laundry rooms because of the lack of consideration for others by some users-taking all washers and leaving the clothes there for hours. (Not unlike lounge chair savers). Cat fights broke out and eliminating washers eliminated a problem-besides generating income by forcing you to use their service. Though at the reasonable cost and the labor intensive service, I doubt they even break even.
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Costa has their MAGIG BAG. Stuff up to forty pieces of clothing into the one laundrybag and it is washed and folded only for a flat fee to $20. worked great on the crossing. If it needs pressing refold and sleep on it.
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I was told that one of the reasons that there are no washers/dryers on the new ships is that the maintenance of the machines is so high, that in the long run it just wasn't feasable to install them.........they were always breaking down and if they had to wait for parts, then they were out of service for weeks. Sometimes the machines were old and parts were not available.

You can pack a heck of a lot of clothes into that blue laundry bag and for $12.00 it's worth it to me.

Home Lines never had washers/dryers and this was a shock to us when we first boarded the old Westerdam right after HAL bought her from HL. They did install them after the ship was stretched.
Am I missing something?:

(Home Lines never had washers/dryers and this was a shock to us when we first boarded the old Westerdam right after HAL bought her from HL. They did install them after the ship was stretche)
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Which of the cruise lines offer the "bag full of laundry"?

Can you always be sure it's available?

I'd hate to pack expecting to have reasonable laundry services available and find out that they weren't.
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When I am paying a lot of money to cruise, I'd rather be spending my time doing something fun. I do not find washing clothes fun at all!
So I send my stuff to be laundered.
You would not catch me watching "As the Clothing Spins" when I could be out in the sunshine enjoying the view, splashing in the pool, reading a book on my balcony, etc.
The cost of having my things laundered is minimal. I spend more on a casual walk through the casino.
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Which of the cruise lines offer the "bag full of laundry"?
Can you always be sure it's available?
I'd hate to pack expecting to have reasonable laundry services available and find out that they weren't.
currently available on hal ships --the powers that be could change that at the drop of a hat

why would i want to do laundry on a vacation --even if its for free -- i would drink less to pay for my laundry rather then do it myself-- lucky for us we are blessed enough not to have to do either
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I would shop less, one less trinket, if I had to, rather than do a wash during my cruise vacation!
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