Posted February 20th, 2016, 02:54 AM
I am one of those that makes my daily walk around the promenade deck an important part of my cruise experience. I love the wildlife sightings, the fresh air and the occasional pleasant greeting from fellow passengers to help set the tone for my day and I look forward to this. The upper walking deck is not an option because I burn so easily. (On some ships it's kind of stinky from the exhaust , too, depending on the location.) To the folks who flippantly suggest the gym or treadmill, it just isn't that easy for me in particular. I'm not sure how the gym ceiling is on the Royal, but in all the other ships my head hits the ceiling when I use the treadmill and elliptical. So, no, some of us aren't kidding. The promenade deck really is the only option for my daily walk. We all have things that are important to us and I'm glad that I'm not the only one who feels this way. I would not book a cruise on the Royal or Regal unless it was a port intensive itinerary in places I am just dying to go.
My husband has the same problem. However, we did discover that on the Grand there was one elliptical that had a tile over it that was obviously damaged by one cruiser. The dent in it was exactly the extra 1/2 inch that my husband needed to clear the ceiling.
Of course, he would always have to wait for that one particular elliptical if someone else was using it. We will be on the Royal later this year and will miss the promenade that we are used to on all the Grand Class ships we've sailed on but it's pretty port-intensive so it won't be that much of a loss.