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Old April 2nd, 2010, 08:42 PM
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Think about that sod box sitting on your next door neighbor's balcony. Your balcony is downwind. The outside temperature is tropical - hot.

What a nice feature for your cruise of a lifetime. Sitting on your balcony, smelling the sweet odors of your neighbor's pet feces, cooking on his balcony.

Sounds like heaven.
You will soon wish to have a chain smoker next door instead.
Well, yes I guess this could be a problem, but I have to think that people with service dogs scoop the feces and dispose of them after the dog has done their business.

I'm a little confused . Are you saying that people with service animals shouldn't cruise, or that they should take their animals to a ship specified area?
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Old April 3rd, 2010, 04:15 AM
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Fern,

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.
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Old April 3rd, 2010, 07:12 PM
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Bruce, I agree that pet's shouldn't be allowed. I was just saying that service dogs are allowed and I've never heard of or been affected by "doggie dootie" !

I'm sorry that other passengers have made complaints. Maybe the boxes in the out of the way areas should be cleaned more often?

The people I know who use a service dog wouldn't dream of asking the Room Steward to wash their dog's dishes. (BTW, scientist's say that a dog's mouth is cleaner than a human's !)

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Fern,
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?
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Old April 5th, 2010, 08:33 PM
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But what happens if we allow small dogs as pets onboard and then have dozens or hundreds of these stinky balconies?
Well, I've already posted that I don't think pet's should be allowed onboard.

I've seen an incredible amount of poster's complaining about someone smoking on the balcony next door, but I've never read a post that said a service dog's "dootie" ruined their cruise .

I think maybe you're just "funnin' me" so I'll leave it at that... .
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