FRS radios work fine except.......it seems everyone on the ships we have taken them has one. The frequencies were jammed.
We drive to the terminal and have no problems with security. Apparently there is no problem with airline secrurity because, like I said, everyone seems to have one.
We found the range increased beyond the advertised two miles when one was lounging on an upper deck and the other was exploring in town.
Some said they work within the ship. We didn't try because I don't see how they could. People were shouting into them loud enough to heard about the ship without any electronic assistance.
Our problem was what to use them for. I would say I was at the corner of whatever taking pictures. She would say "So what". I would say I had changed my plans and was going somewhere else. She would respond "Whatever". I asked where she was after picking up the car. She said "right where you left me".
Short answer - they work fine, security doesn't seem to be a problem, you will have trouble getting a word in edgewise, if you run into us on your next cruise, you can have ours.
Walkie-talkies......great...first it was cell phones...people screaming into a small device and talking loud about personal business(that amounted to nothing)...now is walkie-talkies.......give me a break....this is vacation.....I am so sick of hearing other peoples business......it is so rude the way many people broadcast personal conversations and information to the unlucky people who are stuck nearby( who do not want to hear your converstion to begin with).
I sound like the phone police, but what I am asking for is just consideration of others.(everyone doesn't want to know your business). To me a phone or walkie-talkie can be as bad as a boom-box because it does affect others when loud or prolonged animated converation takes place.
For those of us that are vertically challenged,the FRS radio's are wonderful. My sweetie no longer has to spend time looking up and down aisles and streets when we get seperated in busy ports. On board ship they are a handy way to quickly reconnect after "doing your own thing". Alas, as with all good things they are often abused.
i think they are fine as long as they are used in moderation and with courtesy toward other passengers. I think that they should be banned in the dinning room and show lounges same goes for cell phones.
I cruise with my wife and I've loved her dearly for 34 years. If we get "separated" aboard ship, so what? We'll find each other eventually. If we get "separated" at a port stop, so what? We'll find each other eventually.
Walkies might make some sense if you're cruising with kids. On the other hand, that could represent the height of annoyance to others.
New York City was considering a $50 fine for anybody who beeped, buzzed or warbled during a performance in a theater. Bloomberg was against it, not in principle, but because he thought enforcement would be too big a hassle for the cops. Not sure whether it finally passed.