clarke - Answered a Question by Brierley (19 Nov 08 11:29)

We went on Explorer and I was disappointed that there was no ironing room.I like to refresh my clothes with a quick iron. I took my travel iron but it's not the same. The laundry facilities provided are adequate but can become expensive if you send a few things. That said the facilities are wonderful on board so much so we are repeating the cruise next year taking 8 of the ( adult) family with us.

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Neil & Ida Down - Answered a Question by Brierley (17 Nov 08 19:42)

I may get shouted down but I do not believe that any of the RCI fleet have laundrettes. So Mr. Brierley it is probably time to bite the bullet and promise her as many service washes with the ship's laundry as she would like and take away totally the onerous tasks of washing and ironing.... Now isn't that persuasive? .... Ida.

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Brierley - replied to Neil & Ida Down (17 Nov 08 20:05)

Thanks Ida, I'm going to try a new aproach................."Ida says.........." I'll let you know if it works. :) Regards Pete.

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Davies - replied to Neil & Ida Down (19 Nov 08 12:10)

Hi Ida, just to let you know that Azamara does have laundry facilities. Why, I don't understand as Azamara is the luxury brand. But I must say that RCI serviced wash is reasonable in price and even though for a few small items, you can wash them in the bathroom, don't hang them out on the balcony even in port. Wind does a funny thing with things hanging out there as my wife found out. Or was it just an excuse for another shopping trip??? haha Only she will ever know.

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Neil & Ida Down - replied to Davies (20 Nov 08 11:43)

Yes, you are right I'm afraid that I wasn't thinking right along the length of the RCI line. As you may well know we love Azamara and have two cruises booked with them at the moment. The laundrettes dated from the time they were R Ships and were never cancelled or used for other purposes, they are extremely useful on a long cruise, luxury cruise line or no. I know that they are now discouraging items being left on balconies as the "may be a fire hazzard or clutter up the sea" so that could save you a trip to the shops!regards Ida.

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Wilba - Answered a Question by Brierley (17 Nov 08 19:44)

To be honest for kids Oriana, as nice as it is, can't hold a candle to the big RCI ships & self laundry is not a feature on RCI but the ships laundry is reasonable enough & there is always the 'clothes line' in the shower for the odds & s-ds. Regards Wilba.

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Brierley - replied to Wilba (17 Nov 08 20:02)

Thanks Wilba, thanks for your help. Trust my son to be right again. Regards Pete.

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Aldrich - Answered a Question by Brierley (17 Nov 08 20:29)

The good wife is on holiday - not there to do the laundry....so live dangerously and send it out to be washed if necessary, and Independence knocks the socks off any other ship out there when it comes to childrens facilities.

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Rushton - Answered a Question by Brierley (19 Nov 08 12:00)

There are no launderettes on Independence of the Seas, so any laundry would have to be sent to be laundered by the staff. I feel like you, if they can design a ship like Independence surely they could have incorporated a couple of launderettes.

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Aspinall - Answered a Question by Brierley (19 Nov 08 19:50)

We always found it beneficial to remain dressed when showering and giving everything a quick rub down with soap then hang over the chair on the verandah. Alternatively, jumping in the pool very late after dinner will wash clothes wonderfully. Do watch out for shrinkage though, especially cocktail dresses from John Lewis and East. Best sticking with drip dry items from BHS I always say. Hope this helps.

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