During our roving reporter’s recent live coverage aboard Voyager of the Seas, she put the ages-old elevator-versus-stairs debate to the test by conducting some research of her own. The face-off prompted nearly 70 Facebook comments, many proving that cruisers are a more athletic bunch than you might expect. And we took it a step further with a daily poll.
Says Donata on Facebook: “We always take the stairs…. Good to get a bit of exercise and we are way too impatient for those friggin elevators.” Sunkissed Adventures agrees: “Hubby and I always take the stairs. Avoid the crowds and we get to skip the gym.”
Still, there are those who jokingly (or not-so-jokingly) defend the merits of elevators.
“How will you know what day it is if you don’t use the elevator?” quips Brad, referencing the fact that many cruise ships display the date and time in their elevators. Mike adds, “Elevators are good for conversation and energy conservation! They can be a good departure from a big day at sea!”
And, of course, there are others who need to use the lifts for more practical and necessary reasons.
“I’m a paraplegic and don’t have a choice but to use the elevators — when they aren’t full of people, some of whom would benefit from taking the stairs :),” says Ron. “Last few cruises has been mostly elevators b/c my daughter was usually in her stroller — but stairs are definitely the way to get where you want to be quickly,” chimes in Pamela.
So, yes, both elevators and stairs have their ups and downs. We then adapted the conundrum into a Cruise Critic Daily Poll (and subsequent Poll Position), which indicated that nearly half — 49 percent — of voters do a mix of both.
Beth from Facebook says, “Both, depends on where I’m going and what I’m wearing. No heels on more than 2 flights.” Dan shares Beth’s sentiments: “General rule for us: Stairs if two levels up or any number down, unless it’s formal night or when Rum is involved.”
Finally, Jonathan, also from Facebook, says, “Mostly stairs unless I’m coming back from a beach excursion with sand in my suit and my cabin is on deck 10, then it’s elevator — no matter how long it takes!”
Overall, it seems like a well-rounded mixture is the way to go. Stairs are great for keeping in shape while sailing, but it is vacation, after all. What are your thoughts? Be sure to weigh in with your comments below.
See what else our onboard reporter had to say here.
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