Poll Position: Elevators vs. Stairs

November 23, 2011 | By | 5 Comments

Cruising is full of tough decisions. Inside or balcony? Buffet or dining room? Bingo or bellyflop contest? One of our favorites, though, is: elevator or stairs? We polled our readers to find out which they prefer to use to get from deck to deck, and we found the results to be kind of fun.
What we asked: Do you take the stairs or the elevators onboard?
What they said: The majority of people go both ways — 49 percent said they mix it up. Another one-quarter said they always take the stairs, while only 9 percent opt for the elevators. The final 16 percent said it depends on the situation.
What it all means: First of all, we’re thrilled that 25 percent always take the stairs. We know you’re on vacation, but a little exercise never hurts. We assume the 16 percent who were more cryptic about their answers will take elevators when available (or when necessary) but choose to hoof it when the lifts are too full or too slow. Variety is great, too, so hooray for those who switch it up from time to time.
Vote in today’s daily poll here.
See what our roving onboard reporter had to say about the “elevators vs. stairs” debate here.
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    5 Responses to “Poll Position: Elevators vs. Stairs”

    1. Ron
      November 23rd, 2011 @ 11:36 pm

      I wish to contribute from the point of view of the mobility impaired cruiser population. Unfortunately, we don’t have the stairs-or-elevator option. Thankfully the newer ships have blessed us with an abundance of elevators to transport us from deck to deck.

      Unlike the average cruise passenger who can slide into an open corner on a full elevator, those who use wheelchairs or walkers need more space.

      After an event or activity, many passengers gravitate to the closest bank of elevators to gain transporation to the next item on their schedule.

      Citing a most recent example onboard the Sapphire Princess, at the end of performances in the Princess Theater, those using wheelchairs or walkers waited a minimum of 20 minutes each night to gain access to an elevator. A similar wait has been experienced on other Princess ships as well as Norwegian Carnival and Holland America.

      I’m a realist and accept that things aren’t going to change, but please accept my contribution as another incentive to take the stairs when possible.

    2. Marty
      November 24th, 2011 @ 8:53 am

      I could manage a downhill set of stairs in my wheelchair but I simply can’t find those uphill ramps so the elevator is necessary. Would be great to start a MANDATORY cruise courtesy to let wheelchair folks have first entry into an empty lift. Can’t tell you how often I’ve seen wasted pieces of sperm cut in front of wheelchair people, forcing their way in ahead of the handicapped.

    3. Jennifer
      November 28th, 2011 @ 9:27 pm

      I use a wheelchair so I have to use the elevators. However, I want to be treated as anyone else does, so if the elevator is full before I get there, so be it. I’ll wait. I don’t like when people make a big deal about letting the “disabled” girl go first. I’m more upset about ships that aren’t accessible in the first place!

    4. Matt
      November 30th, 2011 @ 7:28 am

      I have only been on one cruise in my life, back in April on the RC Freedom of the Seas. While I was originally intrigued and amazed at elevators on a ship, after day 1 it was obvious that I would rarely be using the elevators. Used the stairs probably 95% of the time on the ship.

      There were always crowds of people and after a long wait for one of the elevators came down it was usually a mad dash of cruise-goers acting like animals trying to pack into these things. Even worse are the kids that find it amusing to get on and press every button so that it stops on every floor. I did the same as a kid, so I can’t fault them, but it is annoying to us adults.

      Lastly, it seemed like nobody else ever wanted to use the stairs. They were always nice and empty, I could enjoy my stroll up or down, admiring the artwork. Plus by the end of the trip my stamina had dramatically improved. I was in a steerage cabin on deck 2 and the buffet restaurant was on deck 11 and we always walked to go eat. The only real times we ever bothered waiting for an elevator were nights when it was late, we were a bit drunk and most people weren’t around anyway.

    5. Pete
      December 23rd, 2011 @ 6:11 pm

      I am under the belief that if you want to find something wrong with a cruise or just something to complain about, then you surely will. I think it is so petty that folks are complaining about who does and does not use the elevator. Folks have paid their cruise fare and elevator usage is included in that fare. If you want to use the elevator, use it and don’t worry about what other people do or say. If you want to use the stairs, so be it! It’s like formal nights. If you want to dress up, do it. But don’t condemn the folks that choose not to. Whether you dress up or not is not going to bother me one iota.

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