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Old 02-02-2013, 01:08 PM   #31
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MANY DCL cruises, smells maybe twice. For the longest time, I wondered what people were talking and posting about. Just mention it to your stateroom host--he'll take care of it.
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Old 02-02-2013, 01:09 PM   #32
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Boy, that would be illegal if they did that. I think what you saw during docking was dirt from the ocean bottom, or the shore stirred up by the side thrusters on the ship during docking.
Oh ok! I have no idea. All I know is that it happened every time and the brown spread seemed to pumped out from 2 areas on the side and would get larger and larger as it spread out to sea. We were aft. Maybe it was the thrusters and ports are just stinky, lol.

So what so they do with the waste on a 2 week cruise?
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Old 02-02-2013, 02:31 PM   #33
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On the Dream on its 8th voyage I think. Our cabin was near the aft elevators.

When we mentioned it to our cabin attendant she said sometimes it happens when the ship is in port and said she just needed do pour a bunch of water down the drains. Sure enough, the smell was gone when we got back from the life boat drill.
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Old 02-02-2013, 02:36 PM   #34
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We've cruised DCL 9 times and have not had any issues with sewage smell.

That being said when we were on the Dream in Nov 2012 in concierge on Deck 11, our neighbors in the 1BR accessible room (11006) reported awful smells in the master bathroom. They were unable to fix it for the short duration of the cruise. Needless to say they were unhappy and stated at the time that they were planning to sail the classics exclusively for the service, space and longer itineraries. No more Dream for them.
The husband and I had that exact room (same room, same ship) for our September 2012 getaway. Yes, we noticed the smell, too. It wasn't so bad at first but by the end of the cruise it was gagging me. I thought maybe it was from the drains in the floor from the roll-in shower. That's a handicap accessible room. There's no bathtub and the shower is a large roll-in. I wouldn't say I'm never sailing the Dream because of it. I'd just hope to not get that experience again. LOL!
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Old 02-02-2013, 02:40 PM   #35
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Oh ok! I have no idea. All I know is that it happened every time and the brown spread seemed to pumped out from 2 areas on the side and would get larger and larger as it spread out to sea. We were aft. Maybe it was the thrusters and ports are just stinky, lol.

So what so they do with the waste on a 2 week cruise?
Basically all ships deal with waste in a similar manner. Human waste is separated with the liquid being filtered to do something like 99 percent drinking water standards and used to clean the ship. Solid waste goes into tanks and enzymes break it down and what's left is either burned or compacted and stored until the ship reaches port and then off loaded. Cardboard glass soda cans things like that are recycled compacted and stored until the ship reaches port where its taken off the ship to be recycled. Waste oil from lubrication, cooking things like that are stored in coolers until the ship reaches port and then offloaded to be recycled and reused. Any bilge water pumped over the side of a ship has to be extremely clean. just about drinking water standards before it can be pumped over the side of a ship. Royal Caribbean got caught by the US Coast Guard dumping oil over the side in international waters and paid something like a 4,000,000 dollar fine. Today they are 1 of the leaders in Green ships.

Eta. Stupid auto correct.

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Old 02-02-2013, 02:46 PM   #36
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We reported it, the smell would come & go even after treatment by the maintenance staff, so they offered to move us the last night of the cruise.... a bit late!
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Old 02-02-2013, 02:47 PM   #37
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MANY DCL cruises, smells maybe twice. For the longest time, I wondered what people were talking and posting about. Just mention it to your stateroom host--he'll take care of it.
Not all the time ours did not know how to deal with the smell. Even the plumber was baffeled. There were several unhappy guests that trip complaining about the smell and how the sr hosts didn't know how to deal with it. We were at GS because of a glitch with our Palos dinner( when you get married you get a comp Palos dinner. They accidentally charged us. No big deal they fixed it right away) and while we were clarifying and talking to guest services about how certain cast members did great jobs( making sure they got atta boys/girls) we could hear several people behind us yelling about the smells in different parts of the ship.
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Old 02-02-2013, 02:55 PM   #38
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We only did when we were on Deck 2 of the Magic. It was CC Day and everything actually backed up. The stateroom host said it happened a lot. Something about everyone getting back on ship around the same time, showering etc. Everything was cleared up by the time we got back from dinner.
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Old 02-02-2013, 03:11 PM   #39
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. We were at GS because of a glitch with our Palos dinner( when you get married you get a comp Palos dinner. .
Just to be clear--a Palo dinner is included with a wedding or vow renewal package booked thru DCL. It is not a freebie if you didn't buy one of their packages.
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Just to be clear--a Palo dinner is included with a wedding or vow renewal package booked thru DCL. It is not a freebie if you didn't buy one of their packages.
Correct. It happened to be our wedding cruise and the first one out of drydock on the Magic. We had checked our onboard statement and realized they had charged us for what should have been a comped Palo. When went to GS and asked they had to call Palos to make sure and while we were waiting and chatting with our onboard wedding planner was when we heard a lot of people upset about the smell. In our case for Palos it was an honest mistake on DCLs part and corrected right then and there to the comped meal we were supposed to get. That's the only reason I knew others were complaining about the smell. I heard at least 3 decks mentioned while we stood there.
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Oh ok! I have no idea. All I know is that it happened every time and the brown spread seemed to pumped out from 2 areas on the side and would get larger and larger as it spread out to sea. We were aft. Maybe it was the thrusters and ports are just stinky, lol.

So what so they do with the waste on a 2 week cruise?
Heres a great article from Friends of the Earth about cruise ship pollution
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Old 02-02-2013, 06:52 PM   #42
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Been onboard 11 times on Wonder, Dream, and Magic, and never noticed anything (and we've stayed in various rooms, room types all over the ships). From what I've read it seems like it happens most on the Magic. Maybe I don't notice because I'm a stickler for keeping the toilet lid down (I do it at home), and I keep the door closed. I've never even noticed a slight odor.
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The husband and I had that exact room (same room, same ship) for our September 2012 getaway. Yes, we noticed the smell, too. It wasn't so bad at first but by the end of the cruise it was gagging me. I thought maybe it was from the drains in the floor from the roll-in shower. That's a handicap accessible room. There's no bathtub and the shower is a large roll-in. I wouldn't say I'm never sailing the Dream because of it. I'd just hope to not get that experience again. LOL!
Yes, as I mentioned in my post it is an accessible room. There were obviously many factors that made them feel the way they did, but they upgraded at the port into that room and were not told it was HA. Disappointed to not have the tub but were willing to deal with it. Apparently the stateroom host and assistant were going into that bathroom from day 2 with masks on or towels covering their faces because the smell was so bad. I can't imagine being a happy camper either, especially on such a short cruise. It turns a relaxing vacation into once inconvenience after another. We were in 11000, the category V accessible down the hall and did not experience any such difficulty.
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What will the cruise line do for you when you fuss? Can they move you?
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Old 02-02-2013, 07:43 PM   #45
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What will the cruise line do for you when you fuss? Can they move you?
If there are any available rooms, they might move you. But, they probably would try to fix things first, so it may not be very early into the cruise. I've read where some people were offered the move on the last night of their cruise, not much help there!
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