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Old May 17th, 2010, 05:25 PM
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I'm new to this board, having not cruised in 9 years. I just got off the Freedom of the Seas yesterday (this was my 5th royal caribbean cruise), and has anyone else had really stinky bathrooms? I think it was coming from the toilet - we had maintenance come up once to "fix" it, but it didn't make any difference.

I don't remember any of my previous cruises having that problem - has anyone else?
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O yes, as for me I get that problem in any crusie.

Every time as I enter my restroom on any ship it is always terrible stinky,
And only if I get some 30-45 minutes wash - it is OK then.
I travell always alone so I can not get what's up with
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We have had this & our theory is that the previous occupants did not use the bathrooms enough as the smell soon went (or we just got used to it!)
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I believe the more u flush the toilet whether u use it or not; u can keep the smell down.
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I have heard of many ships having sewage issues over the years,hence the odor, and don't think this has anything to do with the previous occupants.
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We never encountered this problem.

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We've never had a problem, we always stay on one of the upper decks so don't know if that is why.
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We've never had a problem, we always stay on one of the upper decks so don't know if that is why.
You mean there are "lower decks"??
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We generally find that if we leave the door open, even a little, you allow fresh air to enter the bathroom. This keeps the room much fresher. Try it. On some ships, you can actually open the door fully and it stays open with a magnetic catch. You don't close your bathroom doors all the time in your home, so this is the same principle.
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Nope, never had that problem, although we've been hearing about it more often....wonder why?
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I still suspect it's lack of use...
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NOw, I'm wondering if it is just certain decks that have this problem...I've also been on the upper ones..
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They are marine toilets, so they will 'burp' excess gasses in the pipes...the nature of the beast.
And yes, the more they are flushed the better...
Another tip, I take air freshener [one that kills bacteria...] and those little hanging 'car' air fresheners to hang in the bathrooms... it does help. Keeping the door open also helps. Also ask your room steward, they can put some extra stuff in the john that helps.
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I've noticed on the older Vision class ships that some parts of the hallways have a poop ordor; however, I believe it has to do with the plumbing on these ships that need to be rennovated. For example, Radiance has all copper plumbing and I believe they are going through a six month process to move toward PVC piping. As the previous poster mentioned, I always bring a Glade Plug-in or spray with me on cruises for bathroom and cabin ordors. Being in a confined smaller space for 7 days will create various odors (e.g., shoes, dirty cloths, etc.); so it's good to have your bases covered.
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There have been a number of times that I have walked the halls and noticed odor.

The only time we had an odor problem was on Radiance of the Seas. For a period of two days we had intermittent sewer smell from the toilet.

It really has to do with the age of the ship, condition of the plumbing and who has shoved what down the toilet. A backup in one area will cause stench in another.

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