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Old July 26th, 2004, 10:26 AM
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Yes yes I know, you don't go on a cruise to play video games, but my husband does! He wants to know if the televisions in the cabins have hookups to use an Xbox or Playstation video console?

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How old is your husband?!

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What's the age limit on the children's program? Maybe he can have fiun there. Just kidding. I would aimagine you could hook those up, but I was call your TA. Either that or ask him to try the many activiities aboard the hsip and give up the video games for a week.

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If you have a VCR in your cabin chances are good you'll be able to hook up a game console. Just ask your TA or the cruise line.

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Not sure what cruiseline you are going on. Most TV's in the cabins are bare bones and rarely have AV connectors. Even the VCR's are unlikely but a better chance.
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Ha ha, Veeeryyy funny everybody! Yes, I live with a video game junkie. We've been on vacation without the games before, but I think that he thinks since it's on a ship he'll be "stranded" without the games. I don't know. I haven't claimed to figure him out yet after only 2 years of marriage.

Oh, we're going on RCI's Grandeur of the Seas.

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Cruiseador, they'll probably have some video games for him in the casino. On second thought, he could wind up with a more expensive habit than if he sticks to his X-box.
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What type of video games are in the casino?

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Video poker machines, slot machines and other forms of electronic amusement seem to be increasingly popular in casinos these days. If he's interested more in games of skill than chance, there may be an arcade room on board. If the only thing that will satisfy him is an X-box, you may have to bring your own monitor or laptop for a complete standalone console.

I understand there are some online gaming sites that offer a variety of arcade and role playing games he might be able to access through the ship's Internet facilities. We've seen inquiries in the past from people interested in bringing along their TiVo systems to provide custom programming while on board. All of these ideas seem extravagant to me, given the wide variety of free entertainment options available on most cruises. You know your husband's needs better than we do, of course.

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That's what I'm looking for, an arcade room. Anybody know of one for Royal Caribbean's Grandeur of the Seas?

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RCI's Grandeur of the Seas does indeed have a video arcade. It is not free and costs usually $.75-$1 to play each game. Unless you are in one of the top suites you also wilol not have any way to hook it up to your T V.
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The TV's in the room have hookups.

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We want to bring a gamecube and are staying on the Explorer (Royal Caribbean). Do you kow if the Family suites have connections with the tvs? I guess we bring the adaptor?

Any input on this would be great!
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Ok, Jim said no hookups in the "regular folks'" cabins, Thomas says there are hookups. Help! We're also wondering about hookups for a portable DVD player....which I guess would require the same hookups. Are there any type of AV hookups on the tvs in the regular cabins?

Does anyone know the actual games that are in the arcades? If not, no problem, just good to know there is an arcade.

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Just got an email from the RCI web staff. I THINK she understood my question. The response was "Yes, you can use the Playstation in the stateroom providing the guest have their output." I'm hoping that means we can use it if we have the cables that are normally used with a Playstation.

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What I was saying is in the RCI ships that we have sailed on, Splendour, Voyager, Explorer, we did not see any hookups in our cabins. We were in the inside cabins on all these ships.
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Gotcha. Thanks for the clarification. Well, hopefully the web res lady knew what I was asking and answered me correctly. Since we're driving to the port and getting dropped off, we're going to go ahead and take the game console with us and see if we can use it. If not it wouldn't have been that much of a struggle to get it aboard.

Does anyone know the best way to pack it? In the carryon or in the checked luggage?

Which of the two do they scan, and will it "hurt" the console?

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The response was "Yes, you can use the Playstation in the stateroom providing the guest have their output."

This statement is so ambiguous as to be meaningless. All consoles have their output. If they didn't, there'd be nothing to display. The response should have been, "Yes, you can use the Playstation, providing you have a compatible connector." In order to explain compatibility, I have to get techy for a minute, but just a little, so bear with me...

There are two common types of connectors on audio/video equipment. Older VCRs, game consoles, cable tv boxes, etc. have RF (Radio Frequency) coax cables. This is the screw-on type cable with a center pin surrounded by insulating material and a conductive outer layer. It is attached to the antenna post on a standard TV. In order to display the signal, you tune the TV to channel 3 or 4. The TV in your cabin almost certainly has this kind of connector. It's the best way to distribute a signal to many points over a long distance. In order to use the RF connection, you have to connect a coax cable from your console to the back of the TV. Depending on whether there is access and whether the antenna cable is removable, this is one possibility.

The other type of cable, known generically as AV, is a multi-lead wire with 2 or 3 plug-in connectors. If there are 2 terminals, one is audio and the other is video. 3-terminal cables have left channel/right channel audio and video. Most game boxes do have AV connectors. Most - but not all - modern TVs also have AV connectors. If your stateroom TV does, you're all set. Just plug everything in and tune the TV to "video" [sometimes channel 0]. If your TV doesn't have AV and your game box doesn't have RF, you may need to bring an adapter that converts AV to RF. See if your game box manufacturer offers such an adapter.

If you contact RCI staff again, ask them whether their TVs have RF or AV (or both). If they don't know, ask for the TV's model number, and you can find out on the web. Hope this helps some.



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