Do you clean your cabin upon arrival ?

my wife and I are the type that clean the cabin from stem to stern as soon as we get in. We pack Clorox wipes, Lysol spray, and rubber gloves in our carry on luggage. We clean everything before we unpack. And I am glad we do.

Our steward was responsible for 28 cabins. 28 cabins, 2x per day. That's pretty hard to do. If you've ever watched Hotel Impossible on the Travel Channel, you'd understand.

Remember, a ship is a hotel at sea. And it gets real dirty.

Don't forget the TV remote while you're cleaning.

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I clean the TV remote, the table and the door handles

Until I joined this forum, I never really gave it much thought. On the next cruise in April I may follow some of the suggestions. On board we always follow the Happy- Happy, Washy- Washy protocols.

Nah – that’s way too much work and 100% not a vacation activity for us. If there is anything noticeably un-cleaned we’ll politely point it out to our room steward and it’s always rectified immediately.

You have no idea what you don't see.Wink

I guess it's a somewhat good point but a bit OCD in my opinion. If I need to be worried about the items in my cabin i touch, then should I be concerned about every touchable item on the ship such as elevator buttons, chairs, handrails, silverware in the dining-room etc? Should I scrub the shower? Maybe clean the toilet seat? I'm on vacation. I guess I'll have to take the chance!

We're not OCD. We are cautious though. Yeah I'm on vacation, but I don't need to get sick because of my own cabin. Try it once, you'll see.


My "OCD" remark was tongue in cheek BAK! Whatever you feel is safe for you is good for you. I guess I've just been lucky over the last 10 cruises. I may pay for it on future cruises but until then, consider me a rebel !!! :)

Oh no offense believe me. Friends we cruise with think we're crazy. At least they did.

Until my last cruise, I might have thought it a bit OCD myself. I am not germaphobic although I do take a small travel size Lysol spray especially for the toilet seat. After my last cruise I may consider the Clorox wipes and a disposable pair of rubber gloves now is seems like a good idea. I sailed from New York - a city not known for being clean - but once I enter the cabin I do tend to check everything before we get underway. I was aboard the Carnival Splendor and the first thing I noticed was my balcony was filthy. Being docked in New York a little soot might be expected, but the glass was dotted with smudges, schmutz, smears and someone's name. I immediately called housekeeping. For me, the point of booking a balcony cabin is enjoying the sunset over the water, listening to the waves, even seeing the stars at night. In short, I use the balcony and I paid for this vacation just as the stewards are paid to clean them. Housekeeping did respond promptly and the balcony was scoured. This was a lesson learned.

When were you on the Splendor? We were on 10/11-10/16

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