Over the years I have received many bitter passenger complaints about the bad smells emanating from doggie boxes on balconies and even from out of the way areas of the ship.
And these were just from the few service animals we had onboard.
Can you imagine the odor problems and complaints if the cruise lines allowed many more people to bring their pets onboard with them?
Or how about a dog or two barking all night on your neighbor's balconies?
Will passengers ask their cabin steward to wash their doggie food and water bowls for them? Of course they will.
Your cabin steward has one dishwashing machine. Will he be washing dog dishes along with your drinking glasses? Of course he will.
I have no opinions or comments about a few service dogs on ships - even though my complaining passengers had plenty to say.
You haven't been affected by doggie smells because:
1. You are just one passenger out of thousands on a typical ship.
2. There are not yet very many service animals on a typical ship.
Just because it has not yet affected you doesn't mean that it is not a problem.
But for those service dog owners who require a doggie box in their balcony, it really doesn't matter how many times you clean or replace it when the outside temperature is 95F. It stinks!
Is that fair for the balcony residents next door, above, and below?
We can deal with those complaints. I tell the complainers to write their Congressman.
But what happens if we allow small dogs as pets onboard and then have dozens or hundreds of these stinky balconies?