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The washers on the Ruby - are they front loaders that take HE High efficiency (low suds) washing powder/liquid?

 

So far, the only front loading washers I have ever seen on a ship were on the Sea Princess. They used those smaller stack washer dryer units.

 

All the others I have seen have been the regular top loading machines. ;)

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On the Crown (sister ship) they were top loading, however I brought detergent from home that I had tried with very good succes. I prepackaged for easy use. Beware!!!! you will be using soft water and will need only half of the usual. I had suds floating all over the laundry room much to my embarrassment. It took several hours to dry and I did get everyting back in order but this occurred on a day of disembarkation and embarkation in Copenhagen so I couldn't get any help, the stewards were super busy with the new people coming on board, so I just set up cones and ironed clothes (there were islands of dry floor) for the next couple hours until the floor dried. I was afraid someone would slip so I stayed there to warn anyone who might venture in to the laudry room.

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How much does it usually cost to use the machines? Should we bring coins??? Do we bring our own detergent and such???

 

Sorry. First time cruiser here, leaving on the Sapphire Princess in 5 days!!!

 

Thanks!

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They have change machines in the laundry rooms, but none of them (at least on our deck and the deck above and below us) were working on the Golden on our March 18 cruise. We were able to get quarters from the purser's desk though.

 

They also have detergent machines. Those seemed to be working this cruise, but I had brought my own detergent. I found some individual pouches of liquid Tide at either Long's drug store or Target...so I took a couple of those. They were lightweight and took up no space in my suitcase.

 

I'm bad at remembering cost of things, but I'm pretty sure it was $1 for a wash and $1 for a dry.

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How much does it usually cost to use the machines? Should we bring coins??? Do we bring our own detergent and such???

 

Sorry. First time cruiser here, leaving on the Sapphire Princess in 5 days!!!

 

Thanks!

 

It costs $1 per wash cycle and $1 per dry cycle. I found that 1 cycle in the dryer was enough. Both the washers and dryers have different setting for different types of clothing.

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The machines on the Sapphire are top loading. We always bring our own laundry detergent and dryer sheets. If the change machines are not working just stop by the pursers desk for change.

 

Enjoy your trip!

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The washers on the Ruby - are they front loaders that take HE High efficiency (low suds) washing powder/liquid?

 

No and they are terrible. We used them 2 weeks ago and it took 2 washers and 2 dryers to do our clothes and we still had to wait 90 minutes for them to dry. Plus people leave there clothes in the machines and never come back so you end up having to wait a long time for machine which really don't hold too many clothes.

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They have change machines in the laundry rooms, but none of them (at least on our deck and the deck above and below us) were working on the Golden on our March 18 cruise. We were able to get quarters from the purser's desk though.

 

They also have detergent machines. Those seemed to be working this cruise, but I had brought my own detergent. I found some individual pouches of liquid Tide at either Long's drug store or Target...so I took a couple of those. They were lightweight and took up no space in my suitcase.

 

I'm bad at remembering cost of things, but I'm pretty sure it was $1 for a wash and $1 for a dry.

 

If you buy a roll of quarters from the Purser, check the contents for Princess tokens and make sure to use those up first! On my first cruise I fed quarters from the roll into the washer and then awaited dryer time in my cabin. While I was gathering quarters to take to the dryer, I discovered some of the "quarters" in the roll were actually tokens with a Princess logo. I was bummed out thinking I didn't really get a full $10 worth of quarters for my money, and went back to the Purser to inquire. I was red-faced after we counted out the remaining change together. Between what I'd already fed into the machines and what I had left, I had indeed received a full $10 worth of quarters. The tokens were just a little extra bonus. The Purser stated each roll contains a full $10 in quarters but they often place some free tokens in there as well. (No guarantee though, nor any set amount of tokens per roll). I wish I'd known in advance about the tokens. I only had 1 load of laundry the whole cruise and could have done it start to finish for "free" if I'd known to use the tokens up before the quarters. Not to mention saving myself the embarassment! I left the excess tokens in my cabin upon departure, thinking either a room steward or possibly the next occupant might be able to use them.

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If you buy a roll of quarters from the Purser, check the contents for Princess tokens and make sure to use those up first! On my first cruise I fed quarters from the roll into the washer and then awaited dryer time in my cabin. While I was gathering quarters to take to the dryer, I discovered some of the "quarters" in the roll were actually tokens with a Princess logo. I was bummed out thinking I didn't really get a full $10 worth of quarters for my money, and went back to the Purser to inquire. I was red-faced after we counted out the remaining change together. Between what I'd already fed into the machines and what I had left, I had indeed received a full $10 worth of quarters. The tokens were just a little extra bonus. The Purser stated each roll contains a full $10 in quarters but they often place some free tokens in there as well. (No guarantee though, nor any set amount of tokens per roll). I wish I'd known in advance about the tokens. I only had 1 load of laundry the whole cruise and could have done it start to finish for "free" if I'd known to use the tokens up before the quarters. Not to mention saving myself the embarassment! I left the excess tokens in my cabin upon departure, thinking either a room steward or possibly the next occupant might be able to use them.

 

 

That explains where mine came from last year:D We never use the casino and I was somewhat surprised to find the tokens in with my cash. Still have them around somewhere - will take them on Dawn in August and use them up.

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No and they are terrible. We used them 2 weeks ago and it took 2 washers and 2 dryers to do our clothes and we still had to wait 90 minutes for them to dry. Plus people leave there clothes in the machines and never come back so you end up having to wait a long time for machine which really don't hold too many clothes.

 

 

Simple answer to that, take them out and leave them dumped on a chair or shelf......

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This is what the Emerald Princess had on the Riviera Deck (but I believe it is the same on all passenger decks):

 

The washers were top loaders and the dryers were front loaders. There were 4 Washers, 4 Dryers (these cost 6 quarters each and run for 30-35 minutes and even my jeans needed only one cycle to be completely dry), 4 Ironing boards, 4 Irons, 2 Stainless Steel Sinks, 1 Money Changer, 1 Detergent/Fabric Softener Dispenser, and 1 Trash Can.

 

Just remember to clean the lint traps before starting the dryers and you will need only one cycle.

 

Jim

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Hi. I was on the Ruby 3/21-3/28/09.

Washers were Maytag I think and cost 1.50 to wash and 1.50 to dry.

There were not front loaders as I have one at home.

 

There is a dollar bill changer there, but when I went to use it , it was out of quarters and ended up going back to the purser's desk on deck 6 to get some. I normally bring a $ 10.00 roll from home and recommend that.

 

You can purchase a small box of detergent or dryer sheets, it has two sheets in the box. Both are 1.50 each.

 

hope this helps.

 

Have a wonderful cruise!

 

Peg

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Hi -- We're sailing on the Ruby Princess this June and have just learned our stateroom is kind of near a self-service laundry. Can anyone tell me what kind of noise, if any, is noticeable from the laundry room? :confused:

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  • 2 weeks later...

Just returned from Caribbean Princess. Did laundrey for first time in 12 cruises and we stayed across from laundry room. The room had two sets of doors to get inside so we heard no noise whatsoever. We took small packs of $1 tide from Target (it did two loads) and dryer sheets. Laundrey was $1 to wash and $1 to dry. Had to do addit'l time in dryer. Full sized washer and dryer. Irons and wash tub in there too. Washed out water shoes after an excursion. I'll be back to the laundry during our next 10 day cruise - don't have to pack so much. Someone left their laundry in the washer for a long time. Several of us decided it prudent to remove it and go on with our own. Never saw the person and we did all our washing and drying and it was still there...........:mad:

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They also have detergent machines. Those seemed to be working this cruise, but I had brought my own detergent. I found some individual pouches of liquid Tide at either Long's drug store or Target...so I took a couple of those. They were lightweight and took up no space in my suitcase.

 

How did you pack the pouches of liquid Tide? Double bag them? I'm concerned about spillage. Maybe I should buy some powdered detergent and package it myself for the trip?

Thanks.

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How did you pack the pouches of liquid Tide? Double bag them? I'm concerned about spillage. Maybe I should buy some powdered detergent and package it myself for the trip?

Thanks.

 

I also took these on my trip in March. They are very well sealed, but I was also afraid of accidental spillage so just put them in a ziploc bag then in a plastic grocery bag (which I always take anyway for dirty clothes, etc). That was overkill really. :) They really are well sealed.

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I also took these on my trip in March. They are very well sealed, but I was also afraid of accidental spillage so just put them in a ziploc bag then in a plastic grocery bag (which I always take anyway for dirty clothes, etc). That was overkill really. :) They really are well sealed.

 

Thanks. That ziploc plus plastic bag (for dirty laundry) trick sounds good. Do you know where you got these? (I don't recall seeing them in the local supermarket, but I'll check next time I go.)

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Thanks. That ziploc plus plastic bag (for dirty laundry) trick sounds good. Do you know where you got these? (I don't recall seeing them in the local supermarket, but I'll check next time I go.)

 

I got mine at Target where they have the travel sized stuff like toothpaste, soaps, shampoos, etc.

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