We have used them on western caribbean trip last year. They came in real handy when it was time to meet at a certain place that may have changed from previous plans. We simply set them to a specific channel and subchannel and no one else was on our frequency. We kept them low enough tho volumn wise so it wouldn't irritate other guests on board. There were other familys with them also. We encountered one family that had 5 of them tuned to the same frequency.
What was really nice was when I got tired, went back to the ship to rest, and could talk with my wife and kids while they were still in port shopping.
hope that helps. There may be other posters who disagree with me about bringing them aboard but hey, the cruise lines sell them in their gift shops and on some cruises, they even rent them!
They are very handy but make sure you get the kind with the subchannels so you can find a frequency which is not being used. If you go the cheap route and get the radios with only 14 channels you will have so much noise on it you will turn it off just short of throwing it overboard.
It was nice for me and BIL to sit in the Viking Crown Lounge having beer while the girls were in town shopping. When we needed to communicate with each other we were glad to have them.
Good point LisaK. If you are in the bowels of the ship they won't work much. If you are calling from outside on a deck they will work fine. We would put our radio on the window sill so if one of us were upstairs on the pool deck we could still call the room.
We used the 5 mile ones. We also used them on and IN the ship's bowels. They worked most times all over the ship. We didn't think they would because of all the metal and steel and dry wall but in most places, we had very little interference. Repeating, the best use was when I went back to the ship while in port and the wife was still shopping at the port and we could communicate as if she were right next to me. Really cool.
take them with you
I wish we would have had them in Cozumel in October when we were there. My husband wanted to hit all the cuban cigar stores and bars and I wanted to shop. So....the last time we were in Cozumel---we split up and found each other on the strand pretty easy. This time we spent four hours looking for eachother. Thank goodness we have been there before, because we spent that long looking for eachother. I finally took a taxi back to the ship and we found eachother when we were getting on the ship ramp, Pretty scarey!!!!! I was afraid he was downtown waiting on me and he might miss the boat. This was our 8th cruise and trust me----we will buy walkie-talkies next cruise for next year.