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Old 04-27-2013, 09:04 AM   #31
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I took one look at the pools and decided they weren't for me. The area is crowded and very loud, so not enjoyable. If the pool were the most important thing to me on a vacation, I would not pick a cruise. Pools on cruises were intended to cool off or soak, not to play like at an olympic sized swim club.

I don't think other ships are better, they just may have fewer kids.

Don't get me started on the hot tubs! Gross.

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Old 04-27-2013, 09:32 AM   #32
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I have cruised the Magic/Wonder three times... NEVER was "shocked" by what I saw at the pool as I was on the Dream.

IMHO part of the problem is the pools are basically close to the same size. The Dream/Fantasy class pools are only a little bigger. But there are LOTS more cruisers using the same space.... Design failure by Disney.
How about the buffet lines. It seems they mastered that on the dream and the fantasy, were the lines really long on the wonder/ magic?
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Old 04-27-2013, 11:59 AM   #33
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I am a trained lifeguard...

And IMHO it was a REAL problem on my Dream cruise.

Here's my suggestion Go early or late But at midday on sea days PLAN on doing something else.

It's a shame and I can't figure out why parents are lined up 50 deep at the Guest Services counter to raise Heck, but Disney does not seem inclined to limit the number of bodies or do anything else to deal with the issue.
I couldn't agree more, and I was very disappointed that the cruise survey/feedback form on board didn't ask about the pools. The online survey did, and I wrote s small essay about how unsafe we felt the pools were. We won't be taking another DCL cruise until our boys are physically bigger (they were 8&5 on our March, 2013 cruise). I was in the big pool with them the whole time and had kids jumping on me, then got a dirty look when I asked said child not to jump on people The Mickey pool was literally wall-to-wall kids, and even though I was watching DS2 the whole time, I had a hard time finding him if he decided to float and kick for a few meters.
To say that we shouldn't use the pools at peak hours is ridiculous imnsho. We live in Canada and go south to do things we cannot do in winter, like swim outside. We have been on three NCL cruises at peak times (Christmas and New Years) and have never had such problems with pools, even though some parents on that line also take a break from parenting their children while on vacation...but I digress! So from my experience, it has nothing to do with the number of people on board, but rather a ship with pools which do not meet the needs of the number of guests on board. I'm not going to pick a vacation and spend a lot of money on it just to tell my boys they can't do x, y or z.
Fwiw we cruise Breakaway in March, 2014.
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Old 04-27-2013, 12:19 PM   #34
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The pools can be packed. My daughters favorite time to go to the pool was at night(even though the air can be chilly) We sat there and watched the movie on the big screen and had our snacks while she swam in the very empty pool.
We did this too. 2 out of our 3 at sea days we were in the pool by 9ish, out around 12-1, then back in at night. When possible, I don't like being out during the hottest part of the day anyway (1pm to 4pm) so it worked out great for us.
And as PP's have said, there's so many other things to do onboard and we found them!
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Old 04-27-2013, 04:18 PM   #35
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I have cruised the Magic/Wonder three times... NEVER was "shocked" by what I saw at the pool as I was on the Dream.

IMHO part of the problem is the pools are basically close to the same size. The Dream/Fantasy class pools are only a little bigger. But there are LOTS more cruisers using the same space.... Design failure by Disney.
On the Magic it was just my husband and me, so we stuck to the adult pools. But just my observation of the family pools was I was glad we could avoid them. We had a nice swim in the adult area the midmorning we were in Nassau (before the rain) but even that pool was rather crowded on the day at sea. Fortunately we're not big pool people. Went to POFQ after the cruise and got my pool time in there.
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I do have to say that for most of our cruise on the Dream, the adult pool was pretty much empty.
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Old 05-06-2013, 12:22 PM   #37
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On the Fantasy the.pools.are.packed. Period. There is so much "non-parenting" that goes on there that there is no way unless for some reason the pools were not "Standing Room Only" that I would let my kids go.

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so how is the Adult pool on Fantasy? Is it Adult soup?
We went to the adult pool on our final sea day. It was nice to be in the water, not terribly packed, but the water was also cloudy. Not as bad as the family pool, just full of sunscreen and other peoples ick. I'm not a huge public pool person, so that may just be my opinion. I did notice that the adult pools were less busy when I walked by on my way to other parts of the ship. Not bad, but not something that's going to be high on my "to do" list on our next cruise.
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Old 05-06-2013, 12:23 PM   #38
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Don't get me started on the hot tubs! Gross.

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Old 05-06-2013, 01:16 PM   #39
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I couldn't agree more, and I was very disappointed that the cruise survey/feedback form on board didn't ask about the pools. The online survey did, and I wrote s small essay about how unsafe we felt the pools were. We won't be taking another DCL cruise until our boys are physically bigger (they were 8&5 on our March, 2013 cruise). I was in the big pool with them the whole time and had kids jumping on me, then got a dirty look when I asked said child not to jump on people The Mickey pool was literally wall-to-wall kids, and even though I was watching DS2 the whole time, I had a hard time finding him if he decided to float and kick for a few meters.
To say that we shouldn't use the pools at peak hours is ridiculous imnsho. We live in Canada and go south to do things we cannot do in winter, like swim outside. We have been on three NCL cruises at peak times (Christmas and New Years) and have never had such problems with pools, even though some parents on that line also take a break from parenting their children while on vacation...but I digress! So from my experience, it has nothing to do with the number of people on board, but rather a ship with pools which do not meet the needs of the number of guests on board. I'm not going to pick a vacation and spend a lot of money on it just to tell my boys they can't do x, y or z.
Fwiw we cruise Breakaway in March, 2014.
I've only been on DCL, what do you think NCL does to make the pools more manageable? I've considered other lines and am genuinely curious how the pools are better on other lines.
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Like others have said, we either go early in the morning or at night. Even with kids we always choose late dining, the pools are virtually empty during first dining times, as most people are at the shows or eating. We've seen the shows so if we want pool time that is the best, plus hanging in the pool watching the giant TV is a blast. Also the same for the aqua duck, early or late = almost no lines.
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Old 05-06-2013, 01:44 PM   #41
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Have done two Dream cruises and going on the Fantasy next week. I love Disney and Disney cruises, but that said, anytime I tell friends about DCL I tell them upfront not to go with DCL if the pools are a priority. Everything else I can wholeheartedly recommend, but the pool situation is ridiculous.

However, interestingly, my favorite moment of my last cruise was the evening my 10 yo DS and I skipped the show and went for some swim/Aquaduck time. We had the Mickey pool and the Aquaduck pretty much to ourselves, and swimming with him at night and laughing as we watched The Lion King (Simba and Mustafa scenes ) on Funnelvision was something I'll always remember!
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Like others have said, we either go early in the morning or at night. Even with kids we always choose late dining, the pools are virtually empty during first dining times, as most people are at the shows or eating. We've seen the shows so if we want pool time that is the best, plus hanging in the pool watching the giant TV is a blast. Also the same for the aqua duck, early or late = almost no lines.
Agree 100%

Best way to beat the crowds & have fun at the same time with your children.
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Old 05-06-2013, 04:50 PM   #43
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While I've not cruised on other lines, I've heard that pool issues are across the board. I don't think they can make them too big due to the weight of the water. On our recent cruise on the Fantasy they were always packed as was the hot tub in that area which we deemed the sea of p--. I don't know what the answer is.
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Old 05-07-2013, 03:07 PM   #44
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Royal Caribbean has it down on the Allure and Oasis. Maybe DCL should consult someone who designed the space on RCCL. Yes I agree other lines have their issues with The pools, but it seems like DCL dropped the ball big time on the new ships.
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Old 05-07-2013, 03:32 PM   #45
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We were on a sold out ship (Easter 2012) and never found the pools to be too crowded, however, being early risers, we were in the pool by 9 am and out by 12/1. During our nightly trips ( yes, trips as in more than one) to the ice cream station, there were maybe 2 people in the pools at night. It really looked neat with the lights, but a tad chilly for me. I think I will try and brave it next time and do a night swim.
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