Carnival pools -- are they all salt water??

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#1
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Are all Carnival pools saltwater? The DW really liked the Princess fresh water pools and I don't think she's going to be happy with the salt water thing. Are there any freshwater pools on Carnival?
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All salt water...they refresh the water daily.
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I've been on the Fascination and Imagination and both had salt water pools. The water play area that was added to the Imagination in her recent upgrade is fresh water.
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Originally posted by NutsAboutGolf
When I was on the liberty last month, I swear the hot tubs smelled like chlroine...
The hot tubs are fresh water with chlorine, but the pools are all salt water with fresh water showers near them to rinse off.
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Originally posted by NutsAboutGolf
When I was on the liberty last month, I swear the hot tubs smelled like chlroine...
Gotta purge the people-soup broth somehow since they can't heat the water as hot as it should be heated.
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Originally posted by kelz66
Gotta purge the people-soup broth somehow since they can't heat the water as hot as it should be heated.
I was wondering about that since I've only been on one cruise. Is that the norm for all carnival cruises, to have relatively low hot tub temps? What about other cruise lines?
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Originally posted by NutsAboutGolf
I was wondering about that since I've only been on one cruise. Is that the norm for all carnival cruises, to have relatively low hot tub temps? What about other cruise lines?
I would think so for legal reasons.

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I'm curious as to why salt water is considered a negative compared to chlorinated fresh water. Either way, you'd want to shower before you got dressed. Is there some other difference I haven't thought of?
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#10
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Originally posted by NutsAboutGolf
When I was on the liberty last month, I swear the hot tubs smelled like chlroine...
The chemical smell is actually a good thing in my mind. The chemicals ar your friend....they are protecting you from the dermatologic herpes viruses and trichamonas that can be shared. Bugs like this love a warm, moist environment.

Sorry to have ruined the hot tub thing for anybody, but it puts a different spin on the reason for the chemicals.
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#11
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The salt water didn't bother me at all. Now the water in the actual mexican ocean did, it was strong, but in the pool I wouldn't have even known if someone hadn't told me
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Originally posted by NutsAboutGolf
I was wondering about that since I've only been on one cruise. Is that the norm for all carnival cruises, to have relatively low hot tub temps? What about other cruise lines?

The temps are kept low-- its easier then enforce the rule that kids should not use them. (ever see them swimming under water in those tubs-- they give me the heebie jeebies-- if the water was as high temps as it is supposed to be== those kids brains will fry.

(lets not even mention the girls with the long pony tails whose hair can get caught up.
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Originally posted by cathyz
The hot tubs are fresh water with chlorine, but the pools are all salt water with fresh water showers near them to rinse off.
Not on the Sensation (last March), Fascination (Jan.) or Triumph (May)... all OUTDOOR pools/hot tubs were salt water... hot tubs got in, pools was told it was salt water.
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Originally posted by Earthworm Jim
I'm curious as to why salt water is considered a negative compared to chlorinated fresh water. Either way, you'd want to shower before you got dressed. Is there some other difference I haven't thought of?
Nope.
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I would imagine the difference is the taste. Does it sting the eyes?
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#16
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What are the usual pool water temps? Do they heat it? Oh I hope so ! I'm starting off my cruise in NY in November!
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#17
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Originally posted by kaykels
I would imagine the difference is the taste. Does it sting the eyes?
Agreed...Salted hot tub water makes a much better mixer than non-salted hot tub water
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Originally posted by NutsAboutGolf
Agreed...Salted hot tub water makes a much better mixer than non-salted hot tub water
As long as you are drinking margaritas...LOL

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Time in a salt water pool will leave you feeling sticky all over when you dry off. A fresh water shower mitigates this issue.

As a sailor of 24 years, I had many salt water showers on my first ship due to extremely restrictive water hours.
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Originally posted by Scootch
The chemical smell is actually a good thing in my mind. The chemicals ar your friend....they are protecting you from the dermatologic herpes viruses and trichamonas that can be shared. Bugs like this love a warm, moist environment.

Sorry to have ruined the hot tub thing for anybody, but it puts a different spin on the reason for the chemicals.
Actually smelling "chlorine" in a hot tub is a BAD thing. That smell is due to the chlorine levels being too low. I know it sounds weird but I don't want to confuse everybody with Pool Chemistry talk. I work for a Pool company and constantly go through hours and hours of education on this stuff.
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