Im cruising with 2 other couples, and since cell phone service will be non-existent or too expensive to use, walkie talkies would be a great idea. I need at least 3 handsets. Will they work everywhere on the ship? How about the island? What brands/models do you use? I bet the walkie talkies from my nephews spy set wont work quite as well as others.
In 2006 we cruised with friends and my step daughter. We took walkie talkies because we wanted her to feel free to meet friends and do activities in club O2. They worked great. Don't remember the brand, we have since upgraded, but they had a 5 mile range and worked fine on the ship as well as when her and her father got into port.
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I bought a set to take because I figured it would keep a handle where we all are on the ship so we can meet up only problem was I forgot to pack them to use. I will have to take them on the next cruise to see if they work out for us.
I agree with Trip. I don't think they work with 'friends'.
They could be useful for teens in a family though.
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Last year, I got separated from the tour group in Pompeii and boy was I glad I had a walkie talkie (DH had the other). Also helped him when he made a pit stop in Turkey to find the group as we moved through a palace. We never used them on the ship but we plan to this time because we will be traveling with elderly parents.
We also used them years ago when traveling with our kids; they were teens and it gave them some freedom in a foreign country and we didn't waste a lot of time looking for each other.
I too agree that walkie talkies are best for kids and not so much for adults. Kids wander away more often than adults plus having to carry the thing everywhere you go is a drag. Just plan your days activities and all will be well. Plus if you are traveling with other couples sometimes its nice to get away from them and have some alone time where nobody knows where you are...
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Walkie Talkies were a must for us. We went with 3 other couples.
We drove from Mo to New Orleans we used them on the way to keep up with eack other. Once we got on the ship we had them on at all times unless we were going in a show. We used them from our cabins to get a hold of each other to see when we were ready. Then we would all leave the room at the same time. Cut down on staning around in the hall waitng.
One night I did have mine on while my sone was in the room and the rest of us went to the adult comidy show. I had the ear piece in so no one else could hear when it went off. I was so glad I had it he used his to let me know he was sick. So i was back to the room instead of waiting till the show was over.
So yes we will be using our again this Dec. I think our are Cobra I know they are 17 mile range.
If you want to take the walkie talkies, take them. They work for everyone who wants to take them. We sometimes travel with friends and we often times strike out in different directions as planed. We do have a meeting place after our excursions are done and it's usually back on the ship. Still we (adults) all carry walkie talkies. That does not mean we are just chatting away on them. We use them only when needed. Most times people don't know we are carrying them. When DW and I cruise alone we take them.
I found that the best ones are the Motorola 25 mile 5 amp walkie talkies. They work in most areas of the ship
Another good brand is the Cobras 14 mile 2amp walkie talkies. There will be dead spots on the ship this is normal.
Midland makes a good WT also. 18 mile range.
The decision is yours, if you want to take them, take them. If not then that's fine too. I go for the long range ones for land use also.
In case you did not know some newer nextel phones have a walkie talkie feature, you talk directly to your other party like those other radios do. just pick the channel you want. It does not have anything to do with extra charges or anything. Or you do not need a satellite or other antennas.
Took 2 this past Jan., loved them. For the first time, my daughter got to go on a cruise. The first day she worried about something happening like getting lost or some type of crime. Handed her the walkie the first nght, talked back and fourth three times, and she was set. Totally calmed nerves, and she was pretty much gone til' 1 a.m. every night, by the way she's 17. Walkies work just great within range posted!!!
We may plan on taking ours just to have on hand. We don't plan on being apart for any of the cruise so the thought of "needing" them is null but to be on the prepared side since we don't know what we are going to get into - it's best to have.
Just came back from the Glory in Jan. Took my teenaged daughter on her first cuise and she was worried about being lost. We bought two walkie takies that had a four mile range, and everything was fine.