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The curious case of the cruise ship elevator system


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I agree that a designer has some humor:

I noticed the lights are Red and Green.  Green is going up and Red is going down.  Does that have something to do with Heaven and Hell?

I do not know about the rest of RCL ships, but I had an issue going the bathroom on the Symphony with an old lady watching me every time.

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Nothing special for ships. Coming up with a perfect elevator system is something office buildings, hotels and really anything big has struggled with since the invention of elevators.

There are a lot of tactics for example penalise short journeys (e.g. if there 18 floors anything above 15 wanting to go up will have to wait) or priorities certain destinations (going to the casino floor takes priority over going to the pool floor) or even distributions of calls per hour or ...

From my none scientific observations the ones where you have to choose the destination before you get on the elevator usually works the best. It allows the computer to group target floors and minimise stops. It also helps people think of where they want to go before getting on.

 

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1 hour ago, RCIfan1912 said:

It's why I take the stairs just about 99.9% of the time.

My rule of thumb has always been: Stairs down are always an option, stairs up 2 decks are an option, stairs up 3 decks or more will depend on my mood, destination and time available. Save the elevators for those who need them.

Also allows me to indulge more at the bars and restaurants...lol

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4 hours ago, ckruetze said:

Nothing special for ships. Coming up with a perfect elevator system is something office buildings, hotels and really anything big has struggled with since the invention of elevators.

 

We've got a robot that can make drinks. You'd think they'd be able to figure out an efficient elevator bank algorithm

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2 hours ago, BrianB said:

I’m amused by the healthy work-out people who leave the gym and then wait for an elevator to go down a deck. Really?🤔

Those same people will circle the parking lot at the fitness club to find a space close to the door rather than parking at the far side of the lot (even in beautiful weather), then go inside and walk on a treadmill.

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On 3/29/2022 at 9:02 AM, BrianB said:

I’m amused by the healthy work-out people who leave the gym and then wait for an elevator to go down a deck. Really?🤔

I’m by no means healthy but I do try to get to the gym to do my elliptical.  I’m lucky if I make it there 3 of 7 days, but pack for 7…so I hope it counts! Lol  when I leave the gym I’ll take the elevator in whichever direction I need, as many floors (even 1) in either direction.  I’ve a bad knee that gets greatly aggravated by stairs, but not typically by elliptical machines.  Please don’t judge/confuse my often disheveled, sweaty appearance for one of those real fitness people who are fully committed and spend more than 30 minutes in the gym and actually enjoy it. The elevator is what stands between me and being laid out at the bottom of a staircase. 😂

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There is nothing worse than someone cramming on to an already packed elevator, only to then take it for 1 floor.  I'm talking a healthy looking person with no visible mobility issues. 

If you are a truly able bodied person, and you take the elevator up or down 1 or 2 levels, then you deserve the instant karma of being run over by someone in a rogue scooter!  

 

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I hate elevators with all of my being, I’m claustrophobic and when people pack in I get super anxious. I take stairs when I can going down but have a knee issue that isn’t visible so there are times I may take the elevator for a few floors. We have no idea what people are going through. If someone has asthma they may choose an elevator for a floor. 🤷🏻‍♀️
 

 

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14 hours ago, ellcee said:

I hate elevators with all of my being, I’m claustrophobic and when people pack in I get super anxious. I take stairs when I can going down but have a knee issue that isn’t visible so there are times I may take the elevator for a few floors. We have no idea what people are going through. If someone has asthma they may choose an elevator for a floor. 🤷🏻‍♀️

I have both asthma AND knee issues so I understand the concept of "you can't tell by looking" because I look like one of the healthiest people on the ship.

I rarely take the elevator (up or down) for less than three floors except on debarkation day with the luggage.

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1 hour ago, HeWhoWaits said:

I have both asthma AND knee issues so I understand the concept of "you can't tell by looking" because I look like one of the healthiest people on the ship.

I rarely take the elevator (up or down) for less than three floors except on debarkation day with the luggage.

I think that’s amazing. Full stop. 
 

I still think it’s premature to judge without actually knowing. 

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2 hours ago, ellcee said:

I still think it’s premature to judge without actually knowing. 

Completely agree - you can't tell by looking what conditions an individual may have. My wife would love to take the stairs more often than she does, but plantar fasciitis makes it very difficult to do more than one floor via the stairs (and even one as it gets later in the day/week).

It's not unusual for us to walk to the elevator/stairs area together, separate (her to the elevator, me to the stairs), and meet at our destination deck.

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