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Rule of thumb for elevators on the ships

- if going up three decks or less, the stairs will usually be faster

- if going down less than six decks, the stairs will usually be faster

- exceptions are between 2:00 and 6:00 a.m. and in port as long as you avoid the first and last hour

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5 hours ago, Lindsay said:

OH WOW!  That's crazy.  I hope I don't encounter any of that.  My Mom is 75 and would never act like!!!!

And from your posts, it sounds like Mom raised you right! I think that the rudeness being talked about is more about arrogance, which is a horrible trait at any age.

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21 minutes ago, Skid said:

I think that the rudeness being talked about is more about arrogance, which is a horrible trait at any age.

I think it is arrogance, but I'm also convinced they think the world owes them a living once you reach a certain age. I can safely say for myself, both my husband and I are "there" not quite yet but we see it all the time in grocery stores etc.  My husband (hoping it's temporary) has mobility issues due to disc and hips. He apologizes all the time to people for holding up the line, or walking through a parking lot. We don't have a handicap sticker for the car, we are thinking of renting a scooter for him on our Grandeur cruise in May, but I can assure you, that's only when he gets tired that he will be using it. Having any handicap does not make it a right to infringe on others who are not and trust me, many play it up to the hilt!   

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16 hours ago, Skid said:

And from your posts, it sounds like Mom raised you right! I think that the rudeness being talked about is more about arrogance, which is a horrible trait at any age.

Awwww, thank you so much.  That comment made my day.  

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Just now, KathyC said:

Kindof-but-not-really off topic question.  What ever happened to the elevator testing RCCL was doing?  With the iPads, that you put in what floor you were going to and it assigned you an elevator? 

Wow, I hadn't heard of that before.  Sounds complicated !

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25 minutes ago, KathyC said:

Kindof-but-not-really off topic question.  What ever happened to the elevator testing RCCL was doing?  With the iPads, that you put in what floor you were going to and it assigned you an elevator? 

 

23 minutes ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

Wow, I hadn't heard of that before.  Sounds complicated !

They abandoned the iPad idea and are instead designating 1 out of every 3 elevators "Express."  On the Express elevators, the elevator buttons have been replaced by card swipes.  They'll cost $1.99 per ride, or you can buy an unlimited package for $10.99 per person per day, plus 18% gratuity.  Suite guests will have access to their very own golden elevator with TV screens that let them watch all the people who have to wait for the regular elevators and laugh at them over the ship's loudspeakers.

I kid . . . I kid . . .

(I actually have no idea what happened to the ipad experiment, but it sounds awful and I hope it fails.)

 

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3 minutes ago, Orange Crush said:

 

They abandoned the iPad idea and are instead designating 1 out of every 3 elevators "Express."  On the Express elevators, the elevator buttons have been replaced by card swipes.  They'll cost $1.99 per ride, or you can buy an unlimited package for $10.99 per person per day, plus 18% gratuity.  Suite guests will have access to their very own golden elevator with TV screens that let them watch all the people who have to wait for the regular elevators and laugh at them over the ship's loudspeakers.

I kid . . . I kid . . .

 

You had me going for at least half of it...well played 😁

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26 minutes ago, KathyC said:

Kindof-but-not-really off topic question.  What ever happened to the elevator testing RCCL was doing?  With the iPads, that you put in what floor you were going to and it assigned you an elevator? 

If I recall it was on one of the Oasis class ships, Harmony maybe, but I have not heard any more about it since the original post.

I didn't know if it would work anyway, I've used a similar system in high rise building before, it works for them because traffic can be somewhat predictable, but on a cruise ship?

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4 minutes ago, tiny260 said:

If I recall it was on one of the Oasis class ships, Harmony maybe, but I have not heard any more about it since the original post.

I didn't know if it would work anyway, I've used a similar system in high rise building before, it works for them because traffic can be somewhat predictable, but on a cruise ship?

The Orlando courthouse has one of these systems.  I hate it.  While it could theoretically work on a cruise ship, the system falls apart if people don't board the elevator the system tells them to board.  As folks have brought up a few times, many of our fellow cruise passengers cannot grasp the concept of waiting for people to get OFF the elevator before trying to shove their way ON.  I think computer designated elevators are a bridge too far.

Any smarts built into the elevators has to be totally automatic and not depend on people following instructions.  I suspect some of that is happening already.  When I was on the Allure, I noticed several elevator cars pass right on by after pressing the button when I was waiting in an elevator lobby.  I think the system can recognize when an elevator is full and only stop at floors passengers were exiting on.  I'm sure smarter people than I could program in fancy logic to squeeze out more efficiency that would account for dinner times, show times, port arrivals, etc.

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2 minutes ago, Orange Crush said:

As folks have brought up a few times, many of our fellow cruise passengers cannot grasp the concept of waiting for people to get OFF the elevator before trying to shove their way ON. 

I totally agree, I was just reading the thread about the drink package, are these 2 things interconnected?

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7 hours ago, Orange Crush said:

 

They abandoned the iPad idea and are instead designating 1 out of every 3 elevators "Express."  On the Express elevators, the elevator buttons have been replaced by card swipes.  They'll cost $1.99 per ride, or you can buy an unlimited package for $10.99 per person per day, plus 18% gratuity.  Suite guests will have access to their very own golden elevator with TV screens that let them watch all the people who have to wait for the regular elevators and laugh at them over the ship's loudspeakers.

I kid . . . I kid . . .

(I actually have no idea what happened to the ipad experiment, but it sounds awful and I hope it fails.)

 

Omg...I actually was trying to figure out how bad this would be... totally fell for it!  I won't look for this on freedom in 4 days! Jane

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Some people like the large ships and all that they have to offer, while others don't. If the large ships did the itineraries I wanted, I'd pick them every single time just for the variety that they offer in terms of entertainment, dining options, etc.

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I’ve been on 4 classes so far, and I’d agree, Oasis class (Harmony) was my least favorite. I also never saw/talked to my room attendant. Never connected with any crew members, from wait staff to bartenders, etc. I felt with 3500 crew and 6,000 guests it was WAY too big to have any intimacy at all. Never saw the same server twice. No pool in the solarium, hated that. My next 4 cruises are all on Liberty, my “home port” ship. Perfect size, my fav ship. 😉

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28 minutes ago, jurrjurr said:

I wonder if that is on the list of changes when the Oasis OTS is up for dry dock.  The Solarium on Symphony will have a pool. 

It's been a while since I sailed Oasis but I thought it already had a pool in the Solarium?  I thought it was just Harmony that didn't...

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omg I thought I was the only one when we were just on the indy in jan we were on deck 8 I had a promenade view room and my son and family were 3 doors away while we ate our meals in the windjammer dinner was outstanding every night the lunches were always hobo trash not even edible in my humble opinion we never made it for breakfast thanks to the casino so I cant pass judgement on that having sailed almost exclusively on royal we are loyal to royal I always look forward to the mdr but on this trip the crowds in there were brutal and very loud the menus are steadily going down hill with poor selections compared to past cruises .the offerings in the WJ were almost to the letter the same as the mdr but more of it and hotter the service was incredible we had a wonderful waiter from india who barely left our side through the whole meal bringing us anything we wanted we asked him if maybe there was any more balckberrys in the kitchen someone got the last of the ones on the buffet and my grand babies just loved them he came out with more immediately the rest of the nights there was a reserved sign on the table we sat at and when we got there each night there was a whole container of berries waiting for us this is the WOW experience that Royal for the most part has let fade this is the kind of experience that sold me on royal in contrast my sons room attendant was horrible never introduced himself no towel animals for the kids nothing he even had the nerve to wake them up with the do not disturb sign on the door and rudely said he cant go on break till he does there room really my attendant was terrific took such good care of me towel animals constantly which my son and I would take down to his room for the grand babies . I sailed the oasis at the end of 2017 and found the senior experience talked about in other entrys above where in the world they get the nerve to behave that way I don't know my cruise was mostly seniors but groups of them and the central park was constantly clogged with talkers stopped dead in the middle of the walk ways the windjammer was crazy with them none waiting there turn just see something they wanted and bust right in and get it one huge older women in a wheelie cart would just push her way with the cart striking me several times with it throughout the cruise and the aforementioned practice of elevator doors open rush in without letting the departing people appeared to be the norm I have to my recollection not experienced this behavior on any of the other cruises I was on. one old character dropped an entire plate of food on the floor as he was trying to balance 3 walked over to his table put down his remaining plates turned around got a new plate and filled it up and back to his table he went leaving a huge mess of some curry rice everywhere without even telling anyone. as I mentioned before I love royal and will not stray its not there fault as I firmly believe you cant fix stupid.

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5 minutes ago, Sabrinaklai said:

It's been a while since I sailed Oasis but I thought it already had a pool in the Solarium?  I thought it was just Harmony that didn't...

The Allure has a pool in the Solarium at the front between the two jacuzzis.  Aren't the Oasis and the Allure pretty much identical (for now)?

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2 minutes ago, Orange Crush said:

The Allure has a pool in the Solarium at the front between the two jacuzzis.  Aren't the Oasis and the Allure pretty much identical (for now)?

Yes, as far as I know, Harmony is the only O Class with out a pool in the Solarium, I think they caught a lot of flack for that item also, @twangster brought up a good point a while back, maybe that was for a weight savings or balance, they had to have a good reason, I've never seen a solarium pool that is not being fully utilized.

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