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I would love to see a Lazy River Ride , now I would love to take credit for that idea but it was Michael Poole who had the idea and mentioned it on the Project Icon Podcast (Ep 168) and i love it . What a great way to chill out floating around the ship with a cool one in hand. Any one beat Michael's idea .
While on the ship we use the gym almost every day followed by a swim and then the hot tub and as i am a bit of a Gym nut these areas need to be good. So what does each class of ship have to offer I thought this would be a good topic as when i was trying to find out what the Gym had to offer last year on the Indy it was difficult to get full info on what Weights, Cardio and Spa facilities ect they had so here is some stats on the Indy. GYM The Gym on the Inependence is huge with fantastic views and opens from 06:00 to 22:00. A great selection of free weights from 6lb-88lb (Dumbells only there is no Barbells or Bench Press non cable) and a good Smith Machine with weights from 6lb to 45lb with a good amount of plates. There is also a large amount machines for all areas of muscle such as Back, Shoulders , Legs , Biceps and Triceps etc and 3 benches. Cardio is also covered with a huge amount of Treadmills , Bikes , Cross Trainers and even a Boxing Ring. There is also a Fitness Studio with classes from Body Pump to Pilates and also Pilates Racks in the main Gym. Spa The Spa has a every kind of treatment you could ever need from Facials , Hair , Massage and nails etc. There is also a great adult only Pool area with 2 amazing Hot Tubs which hang over the side of the ship plus plenty of Sun Loungers and even some Hammocks. Hope this info helps if you are going on the Indy :) :)
With the recent news of a child nearly drowning on Independence of the Seas (nearly drowned, contrary to article's title), do you think that Royal Caribbean needs to staff lifeguards poolside? According to a recent CC article, Disney Cruise Lines is the only major line to staff lifeguards. As a certified lifeguard myself, as well as Lifeguard Instructor: American Red Cross, Basic Life Support Instructor: American Heart Assocation, and a Certified Community Emergency Responder, I have my own opinion. Legally speaking, SOME states have passed laws that state ALL businesses operating swimming pools must provide a lifeguard during operating hours. Other states say that "Swim at your own Risk" signs are sufficient. Regardless, I think the only thing that the family COULD argue if they wanted to come after RCI is the notion of a "gate" of sorts--basically means to keep young children from inadvertently venturing into a swimming pool. Beyond that, I am of the opinion that staffing swimming pools with lifeguards would a) change the ambiance of the pool deck, even if they didn't enforce any rules, and were just there as a precaution, and b) provide parents with an even larger false sense of security, potentially leading to more emergencies. What are YOUR thoughts?