By Day 6 of my cruise onboard Voyager of the Seas, I’d grown weary of waiting for and riding elevators. How much time was I wasting standing there? What could I have accomplished if I didn’t have to wait? What’s that brushing up against my leg during the jam-packed ride to the Windjammer Cafe for breakfast?
I decided to put it to the test.
On Thursday, a sea day, my husband and I conducted the Elevator vs. Stairs Challenge. The rules were simple: One of us would take the elevator, the other the stairs. From the moment we separated near the elevator bank until we reunited at the bottom of the relevant staircase, we’d run stopwatches. (We used a pair of $10 cheapies we bought in the Royal Promenade earlier in the week.)
Ok, it was hardly scientific, but the daylong experiment proved interesting — and burned mucho extra calories. Here’s what we discovered:
Number of flights of stairs covered in one day: 59
Time spent waiting for or riding elevators: 31 minutes 52 seconds
Time spent walking the stairs: 17:02
Longest elevator journey: 4:59, to go from our cabin on Deck 8 to the sports area on Deck 14 during the lunch hour
Greatest number of elevator stops: 5 (out of 7 floors)
Total number of minutes saved by taking the stairs: 14:50
If I had used the stairs all day, I could have taken much better advantage of the activities onboard. With nearly 15 extra minutes of leisure time, I could have, in total:
Witnessed two belly flops during the poolside Men’s International Belly-Flop Competition (1:53); listened to a band rehearse Katy Perry’s “Hot and Cold” in the High Notes Bar (3:16); completed one trivia quiz from the library (2:01 for 12 questions on horror films); played three holes of miniature golf (8:01); and watched one towel-folding demonstration (1:46 for the monkey-shaped towel).
Such a waste — especially when you consider that, during the course of three days at sea, that’s nearly 45 minutes of precious vacation time you’ll never get back.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to take a hot shower. My quadriceps are killing me.
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