We've been throwing around the idea of investing in 2-way radios for the cruise and I'm curious to know how many of you have used them on a cruise and what mile range capacity a person should buy? Any input is appreciated!!
Not sure what "official" cruise line policy is, but we've seen families use them - like to keep track of lost kids/DH, etc. While maybe useful, I thought it was a bit tacky. Kinda like using cell phone to find DH/DW in wal Mart.
We took them on our first cruise and never unpacked them, so left the home the next time around. People do seem to use them, though. We found that just arranging times to meet and yellow sticky notes on the mirror in the stateroom kept us in touch enough.
Carnival Elation March 11
Carnival Imagination Sept 07
Carniival Sensation Dec 06
RCI Sovereign of the Seas Sept 06
Carnival Miracle Sept 05
Carnival Glory Sept 04
Carnival Fantasy Jan 04
We used COBRA 5 mile ones and they worked great. We bought them at Walmart and it included a charger. I think we paid about $75 for them.
Celebrity Century 1/09
Carnival Destiny 10/07
Carnival Destiny 9/06
Monarch of the Seas 3/06
Carnival Inspiration 8/05
Carnival Miracle 4/05
Carnival Inspiration 4/04
Sovereign of the Seas 4/03
Do a search for 'walkie-talkies' in the message search engine for this board- there was a pretty in depth discussion a few weeks back on this issue. I think you'll find some other informative posts. Good luck!
We brought some last year and couldn't use them, they only have 2 mile range and weren't strong enough- too much interference and too many others with radios! Get good ones, 5 mile range or more, they can be very handy!
radios work great for the shoppers vs non shoppers. The non shoppers can go to the ships pool or beach or etc, while the shoppers shop on shore. Saves a lot of time and argruments! Same goes for keeping track of kids on the ship. We used some 2 mile ones, ship to shore, the ship anchored off shore, and had no problems. Radio signals work by "line of sight"(if you can see the other radio by eye/telescope so can the radio waves). Get ones with lots of sub-channels, and program both BEFORE you leave (bring instructions book in case you need to change channels). The longer the range the better the signals will penitrate the ships hull.