PDA

View Full Version : air pump to blow up pool float? CP?


suzw
July 3rd, 2006, 06:14 PM
I am going on the Carribean Princess this saturday and am wondering if there is anyone or anywhere to get an air pump on board to blow up a small pool float that I am bringing for my daughter, I realize it is an odd question, I was just curious
thanks
Suzanne

serene56
July 3rd, 2006, 06:24 PM
I'd be curious to this answer-- pools are only so big on the cruise ships there really wont be no room for your daugher and a pool float-- can ya try one of those noodles?

Spender Nui
July 3rd, 2006, 06:41 PM
I am going on the Carribean Princess this saturday and am wondering if there is anyone or anywhere to get an air pump on board to blow up a small pool float that I am bringing for my daughter, I realize it is an odd question, I was just curious
thanks
Suzanne

Nice thought but I doubt you'll be able to put a float in the water. How old is your daughter?

Denisern2
July 3rd, 2006, 06:43 PM
No room for pool floats but water wings work great

Pam in CA
July 3rd, 2006, 06:44 PM
I've never seen people use pool floats in the pools but then I don't spend a lot of time in or near the pools. I seriously doubt you'd be able to use it.

kruzeesuzee
July 3rd, 2006, 06:55 PM
No room for pool floats but water wings work great

Isn't there an age limit for some of the pools, anyway?

And by the way, no little ones in the hot tubs, please.

suzw
July 3rd, 2006, 07:05 PM
my daughter is 3 1/2 and the water is to deep, she is potty trained so I dont need a lecture on having her in the pool etc, If the pool is crowded, I wouldnt bring a float in, I thought on days it is less crowded....if anyone can answer the question that would be appreciated...I wouldnt bring her in a hot tub anyway...thanks for your concern
Suzanne

Pam in CA
July 3rd, 2006, 07:13 PM
Suzanne... before you bring the float, you should probably check with Princess as to whether you'll be allowed to use it. The number of people in the pool wouldn't be a consideration if you're not.

JanMD
July 3rd, 2006, 07:29 PM
A float in a Princess ship pool- that is a social no- no!!! You are not at your neighbors house.

FYI- the pool water can be very, very rough with it going back and forth and back and forth on sea days. Sometimes it is not even safe for adults. Even as you said if the pool is not crowded- maybe on port days- I have been on more than 30 cruises and Have never seen that before and it is hard to get out of the pool even on port days. I am a great swimmer also. The steps are very hard to climb out of. Hope this helps.

Clarkk W Griswald
July 3rd, 2006, 07:41 PM
IMHO....if you need a pump to blow up your float, it's too big for the pool.:D

And don't they have a kiddie pool? If the pool is too deep for a 3 1/2 year old, I'd be leary of bringing her in.

torbs
July 3rd, 2006, 07:58 PM
IMHO Suzanne, you should review these guidelines from the Princess website. Following these guidelines will make your cruise as well as everybody else on board a pleasant one.

TRAVELING WITH CHILDREN
Children over six (6) months of age at the date of sailing will be accepted on the following itineraries: Alaska, Canada & New England, Caribbean, Europe, Mexico, Transcanal and Australia & New Zealand (coastal cruise only). Only children over the age of one (1) year at the date of sailing will be accepted for the following itineraries: Africa, South America, South Pacific, Hawaii & Tahiti, world cruises including Asia, Antarctica, Indian subcontinent, Transatlantic and Transpacific cruises.

For those who are traveling with children, please note:
1) Entry into the disco after 11 p.m. is limited to passengers 18 and over. Be sure to check with the Youth and Teen Centers for special disco events designed for kids and teens. Children under the age of 18 are welcome in the jacuzzi unless otherwise specified, and in the evening entertainment show lounges, but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
2) In line with domestic U.S. age limits, as well as our company policy, the casino, cash prize bingo and horse racing are reserved for passengers 21 years and older. Additionally, only those passengers 21 years and older will be allowed to purchase or consume alcohol. For those whose age is questionable, picture identification may be requested.

torbs
July 3rd, 2006, 08:04 PM
All kidding aside people, how hard is it to answer a question? If you can't answer, then why bother commenting just to see your name in lights.

torbs
July 3rd, 2006, 08:05 PM
A float in a Princess ship pool- that is a social no- no!!! You are not at your neighbors house.

FYI- the pool water can be very, very rough with it going back and forth and back and forth on sea days. Sometimes it is not even safe for adults. Even as you said if the pool is not crowded- maybe on port days- I have been on more than 30 cruises and Have never seen that before and it is hard to get out of the pool even on port days. I am a great swimmer also. The steps are very hard to climb out of. Hope this helps.

Tell that to the people who shouldn't be wearing a bikini!!!

torbs
July 3rd, 2006, 08:08 PM
IMHO....if you need a pump to blow up your float, it's too big for the pool.:D

And don't they have a kiddie pool? If the pool is too deep for a 3 1/2 year old, I'd be leary of bringing her in.

Fletch, have you seen the kiddie pool?

Clarkk W Griswald
July 3rd, 2006, 08:09 PM
All kidding aside people, how hard is it to answer a question? If you can't answer, then why bother commenting just to see your name in lights.

Must be pretty hard...you posted 3 times here and still didn't answer the question either. Talk about seeing your name in lights.:eek:

torbs
July 3rd, 2006, 08:11 PM
Must be pretty hard...you posted 3 times here and still didn't answer the question either. Talk about seeing your name in lights.:eek:

Touche, Chevy, Touche!!!

Quilting_Cruiser
July 3rd, 2006, 08:18 PM
I am going on the Carribean Princess this saturday and am wondering if there is anyone or anywhere to get an air pump on board to blow up a small pool float that I am bringing for my daughter, I realize it is an odd question, I was just curious
thanks
Suzanne


Hi, Suzanne:

I've never seen a float in the pool--I don't know if that's because they aren't allowed or because people consider it too much trouble. I'm guessing it's that they are probably not allowed. If that's the case, I doubt you'd find a pump on board. Have you considered taking a small inner tube instead? You could see how crowded the pool is and determine whether it's appropriate to use it. Another option would be a swimsuit with a life vest built in--my daughter had one of those when she was small and loved it!

I hope you and your family have a wonderful cruise! Our DD was 21 months on her first cruise (and no, she didn't go into any of the pools as she wasn't potty trained, she was never in one of the hot tubs, and didn't venture into the casino or any other adult-only venue!). And, we had a GREAT cruise! Seems people are making a lot of assumptions based on one innocent question! :eek: Wow!

Cheers!
Jayne

torbs
July 3rd, 2006, 08:25 PM
Hi, Suzanne:

I've never seen a float in the pool--I don't know if that's because they aren't allowed or because people consider it too much trouble. I'm guessing it's that they are probably not allowed. If that's the case, I doubt you'd find a pump on board. Have you considered taking a small inner tube instead? You could see how crowded the pool is and determine whether it's appropriate to use it. Another option would be a swimsuit with a life vest built in--my daughter had one of those when she was small and loved it!

I hope you and your family have a wonderful cruise! Our DD was 21 months on her first cruise (and no, she didn't go into any of the pools as she wasn't potty trained, she was never in one of the hot tubs, and didn't venture into the casino or any other adult-only venue!). And, we had a GREAT cruise! Seems people are making a lot of assumptions based on one innocent question! :eek: Wow!

Cheers!
Jayne

Bravo Jayne, Bravo!!!

jennew
July 3rd, 2006, 08:33 PM
comment on kiddie pools:
On the Star, the kiddie pool was fully covered, it got no sunlight. The water was ICE cold.

On the Spirit, the kiddie pool was about 6 inches deep. The waterslide (which looks great in photos) was almost never used because it also has VERY cold water.



To answer OP question:
I would just bring a float device that you feel you can blow up by mouth. Have a wonderful cruise!

flvol77
July 3rd, 2006, 08:33 PM
I am going on the Carribean Princess this saturday and am wondering if there is anyone or anywhere to get an air pump on board to blow up a small pool float that I am bringing for my daughter, I realize it is an odd question, I was just curious
thanks
Suzanne


I will say this, when we were in st thomas and in st maarten, there was a young girl maybe 18 watching two little kids (wife and I thought she may have been the nany) and there wasn't a soul at the pool except for them and they both had floats...but like I said no one one was around....we were just happen to be walking through both days to take pictures...so if you are able to get that kind of alone time with your child, I am sure no one will say a word about a small float.. Sorry I don't have an answer about a air pump...you could always pack a small basketball air pump and that should work?/?
Enjoy your cruise

suzw
July 4th, 2006, 08:05 AM
FLVOL77....thanks that was what I thought, some days when the ship is in port the pool is virtually empty. the float is the size of a very small inner tube, it is nothing ridiculous, everytime a question regarding kids comes up people seem to jump down your throat....oh well
thanks
Suzanne

spongerob
July 4th, 2006, 08:16 AM
I guess that my inflatable lounge chair with cup holders and integrated ice chest is out of the question, then? Just wanted to get a one-up on those chair hogs! :)

Toto2Kansas
July 4th, 2006, 09:40 AM
No pumps are available to inflate a pool float and as stated, you will be asked to removed it from the pool unless there are no other passengers using it, which is almost unheard of at any time including port days.
Hang on to a small float you can take to the beach and blow up yourself. Anything large enough to have to be blown up with a pump won't be very useful as none are available.

stoneharborlady
July 4th, 2006, 10:21 AM
I took a foam float with me on the CB, and will do so again. It does not need to be blown up, it is about 14 inches long, and is 1 inch thick. It packed in my suitcase very nicely, and didnt get in anyones way in the pool, as it is not a full length float, but rather fits under your chest. Worked nicely for beaches too, as it fits in a beach bag. I got it at Pool City, for about 10 dollars. Very comfortable too. Karen

cruisintoddler
July 4th, 2006, 10:55 AM
I am going on the Carribean Princess this saturday and am wondering if there is anyone or anywhere to get an air pump on board to blow up a small pool float that I am bringing for my daughter, I realize it is an odd question, I was just curious
thanks
Suzanne

Hi Suzanne,

My son is 3 1/2 too - My advice would be water wings - they collapse flat and you can blow them up with your own breath, plus a half length pool noodle - buy a small one, or just cut a regular one in half. Half is plenty to support the weight of a 3 year old, plus it fits in the suitcase.

We've also used the swim suit with the little innertube in it - comes either in a full one piece swim suit or just a tank top style - but they are for pretty skinny kids so if your child is average to tall or big, they won't fit = available at Walmart. These however have "tire" valves so you need a small bike pump to blow them up. We bought a narrow portable bike tire pump to take on trips with us. (I think I found it at walmart too!!)

My son also uses at home: water wings PLUS a blow up round ring floatie - walmart for maybe $2 - just a cheap one that he can float in and you can blow up yourself. (packs small and flat) With the water wings on, he can't slip thru the hole in the middle - his arms stay up above and outside the ring.

We are going on the CB this fall so please let us know how the kiddie pools are - from other people's photos I've seen that :

-there is a small wading pool up on the top deck in the rear (Pirate's View Bar) which is half in the sun so hopefully its not too cold - next to it is a fully shaded regular deep pool, and a hot tub.

-there is a small wading pool in the outdoor part of the kids club itself - I'm not sure if this is only for the kids and counsellors use, or if parents can access it with their kids too - also in the shade so it may be cold!!

-The main pools are freshwater and have a lot of space around them where the water sloshes around. Back in 2001 we took our daughter on the Grand and she was very happy splashing in the 3-4 inches of water sloshing around in the pool area but out of the pool itself. We just sat in a corner and she could play. We had some rough seas that trip, and the water was like a shallow beach with waves coming in and out and she loved it!! I would not have dared get into the pool that trip cause the seas were pretty rough. (we'll be doing this a lot again this fall!!)

We just were on the Jewel of the Seas and were amazed at the huge kiddie pool and water slide. It was FABULOUS!! Some of the RCI radiance class ships have this, and some of the voyager class ships - but not all so be careful which ship you pick if you decide to do that next - we almost booked one for this fall until I found out that it did not have any kiddie pools!!! Now we are on the CB instead!!

:D Have a great trip and be sure to let us know how the kiddie pools are!!!!:D

Host Caroline
July 4th, 2006, 12:49 PM
The swimsuits with the blow up thing-y are wonderful.. my niece has one and stays buoyant in their pool with just the little arm water wings.. to be honest with you I have never in all my years of cruising seen anyone with a float in a shipboard pool and esp. not one that is so big you need a pump to blow it up! Pools are crowded in the hot summer so IMHO it would also be inconsiderate... for what MHO is worth ;)

cruzinchris
July 4th, 2006, 01:40 PM
I've seen small children wearing inflatable arm "floaters" or playing in the pools with "noodles." Both are fine as long as the youngsters are supervised. I've never seen a float or inner tube in a Princess pool.
Chris

Titan(ic)5.6
July 4th, 2006, 02:02 PM
You won't have enough room on the ship as previously mentioned but if you need a pump to use on shore, a foot pump is the way to go. They are small, light weight, inexpensive, don't use electricity, and don't take up much space in your luggage.

http://www.qualitypooltoys.com/images/airpumpsfoot.jpg

Fuzzzy
July 4th, 2006, 07:17 PM
I do not think so. Unless someone else onboard has brought one along that you can borrow.

I echo the other posts that I have never seen floats of any sort on board a cruise. I think beach balls would be fun to toss around. Of course they might end up overboard. :)

FredS
July 5th, 2006, 12:44 AM
What is meant by a "small pool float"? Is it like an inner tube that is round and about 2 feet or less in diamater? If she is 3 1/2 yrs old she isn't going to be using a very big one. If you mean a float like a lounger style then that might be different. Of course she could roll off of something like that and have problems. Since there are no lifeguards someone has to watch her all the time. If is was just a small little kids float I don't think it would be a problem. The other thing you might think of using is a childs flotation vest or something you could strap to the child.

JLC@SD
July 5th, 2006, 12:57 AM
I am going on the Carribean Princess this saturday and am wondering if there is anyone or anywhere to get an air pump on board to blow up a small pool float that I am bringing for my daughter, I realize it is an odd question, I was just curious
thanks
Suzanne
My guess as a rule of thumb.......if you need a pump to blow it up.....it is too large.

If you can blow it up with your mouth......it might be small enough for the ship's pool......:)

Shelly97060
July 7th, 2006, 01:06 AM
When my children were very young I packed a small life vest for them for any vacation that included water. It gave them a great sense of freedom and me huge peace of mind. The child size life vests are lightweight, inexpensive and easy to find. Maybe this would be an option?

If this wont work you could call Princess and ask them your original question. :)

Clarkk W Griswald
July 7th, 2006, 11:04 AM
everytime a question regarding kids comes up people seem to jump down your throat....

Wow, when did someone "jump down your throat" on this topic?:eek: Many of us just stating that we've never really seen large floats in the pool, not enough room.

newmexicoNita
July 7th, 2006, 11:10 AM
Better than bringing the float and a pump I would bring a small pool and set in on the deck for her. 20 plus cruises and I have never seen a float devise of any kine in a pool. Another idea, why not bring water wings. This would be much safer. I have seen lots of little ones use them on cruise ships. NMnita

Toto2Kansas
July 7th, 2006, 11:12 AM
FLVOL77....thanks that was what I thought, some days when the ship is in port the pool is virtually empty. the float is the size of a very small inner tube, it is nothing ridiculous, everytime a question regarding kids comes up people seem to jump down your throat....oh well
thanks
Suzanne

One thing about message boards, if you don't want an honest answer, then whatever you do, don't ask the question. All everyone has done was told what they have seen and not seen onboard. It has nothing to do with children cruising. The same answer would be given if you were asking about an adult bringing a large floatation device to be used in the ships pools.

newmexicoNita
July 7th, 2006, 12:36 PM
FLVOL77....thanks that was what I thought, some days when the ship is in port the pool is virtually empty. the float is the size of a very small inner tube, it is nothing ridiculous, everytime a question regarding kids comes up people seem to jump down your throat....oh well
thanks
SuzanneSuzanne, I don't really think anyone is jumping down your throat, just trying to give you some advise on other ways to enjoy the pool without a float. When we were on our last cruise, the Sun, just after Easter, we thought the pool would be empty on port days: surprise, they were full of kids in the morning before everyone decided to go on shore. I am sure you will want to go on shore most days as well.

I think someone suggested you call Princess directly, my hunch is, they will not allow floats in the pool period. Maybe I am wrong; good luck and have a great cruise. NMnita

hawaii6o
July 7th, 2006, 12:54 PM
At first when I read the op question, I thought she was referring to a blow up raft or pool to take to the beach. We brought those cheap rafts and blew them up when we went on a disney cruise and then just threw them away. I wouldnt think of doing that on the ship, I dont think there would be enough room to have something in ship pools, they are not that big, just my opinion.

newmexicoNita
July 7th, 2006, 03:43 PM
At first when I read the op question, I thought she was referring to a blow up raft or pool to take to the beach. We brought those cheap rafts and blew them up when we went on a disney cruise and then just threw them away. I wouldnt think of doing that on the ship, I dont think there would be enough room to have something in ship pools, they are not that big, just my opinion.I really don't think she meant it the way many of us took it either, but I do think it is bigger than she now is saying. If was just one of those little intertubes she wouldn't have asked about the pump. Again it is back to what so often happens on these threads, we ask questions, not realizing how they sound to others, nor, do we sometimes think about how, what we think is ok, will affect others. I have never seen any kind of float device on any ship and don't think I want to, no matter how small. Water wings with a mommy or daddy right by the litte ones side wil make for a safe water experience and not take up room in ships very small pools. NMnita