Go Back   CruiseMates Cruise Community and Forums > People > Chit - Chat for Cruisers
Register Forgot Password?

Chit - Chat for Cruisers Open Forum for non-cruise posts. Please refrain from inflammatory rhetoric that could be considered offensive. We reserve the right to edit or delete for any reason.

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old April 30th, 2012, 06:33 AM
Senior Member
First Mate
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Central Connecticut
Posts: 488
Default GPS Recommendations

Granted, a bit unusual for a cruise-related forum.....

Mrs. S and I are planning a couple of fly then drive vacations this year. While we have OnStar in our car, we won't have our car at these locations we plan on visiting. We plan on renting one.

Rather than try and use a map, we thought getting a GPS unit would be the best option. We could use it in the car as well as while we were walking around.

Does anyone have any experience with GPS units, and if so, any thoughts or recommendations on what we should get? We do not now have (nor are we planning to get) a Smartphone where you can have that capability, so that is off the table as an option.

I have looked at a lot of reviews, as well as on Amazon, and truth be told, no one single unit seems to stand out above the rest. I do not want to spend a zillion dollars, and we do want a large screen.

So, any thoughts and/or suggestions?

Thanks in advance,
__________________
Sid1962





Read and post cruise reviews
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
  #2 (permalink)  
Old April 30th, 2012, 08:09 AM
Mike M's Avatar
Administrator
Admiral
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: You're Looking At Me
Posts: 23,710
Default

I would stick with a GPS from a major manufacturer of GPS systems. i.e. Garmin, Lowrance etc. The main reason is that they keep their information more up to date.

Also a larger screen is better than a smaller screen. Voice directions are also nice but it personally drives me nuts but my wife likes it.

It is a hard decision.

I bought a Garmin Nuvi 1490 for my wife. It had a larger screen and she found it easy to use.

It all comes down to the detail of their maps and how updated they are and how easy it is to update them. If you have a bad map in the system then it's worthless unless you can navigate by coordinates.

Take care,
Mike
__________________
Cruisemates Community Leader/Moderator

"There is a great difference between being well traveled and just having been to many places." ~Me

"Fear is the assassin of dreams." ~Me
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old April 30th, 2012, 09:25 AM
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 18,199
Default

We have a Garmin .Its great except that it often gives wrong directions.
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old April 30th, 2012, 06:21 PM
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Greeneville, Tennessee
Posts: 4,524
Default

I'll never forget the time we were returning to East Tennessee from Indianapolis. My Niece DeAnna kept telling me we should be heading South, how come the Garmin didn't send us that way?

I told her, "Now c'mon' DeAnna, these things are satellite controlled, it knows the best way!

And then I saw the sign, "Welcome to The State of Pennsylvania."

That is a TRUE story.

Fran didn't talk to me for a week!
__________________
Todd
_______________
NCL Epic 2012, Eastern Caribbean
Explorer of the Seas 2009, Eastern Caribbean
Explorer of the Seas 2007, Eastern Caribbean
Explorer of the Seas 2006, Eastern Caribbean
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old April 30th, 2012, 09:33 PM
Fern's Avatar
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Arkansas
Posts: 5,104
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by ToddDH View Post
I'll never forget the time we were returning to East Tennessee from Indianapolis. My Niece DeAnna kept telling me we should be heading South, how come the Garmin didn't send us that way?

I told her, "Now c'mon' DeAnna, these things are satellite controlled, it knows the best way!

And then I saw the sign, "Welcome to The State of Pennsylvania."

That is a TRUE story.

Fran didn't talk to me for a week!
Great story! I still use paper maps ! We were going from LR to Southern Missouri once and ended up in Oklahoma.

I'm still a "paper map" person !
__________________
Fern

"A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour."

Carnival Inspiration 2002 Carnival Elation 2004
Grand Princess 2004 NCL Sun 2005
Sun Princess 2006 NCL Dream 2007
Caribbean Princess 2007 NCL Dawn 2008
Island Princess 2008 Island Princess 2009
Golden Princess 2009 Carnival Conquest 2010
Grand Princess 2010 Island Princess 2011
Grand Princess 2011 Carnival Magic 2012
Carnival Dream 2012 Island Princess 2013
Carnival Magic 2013 Carnival Legend 2014
Sea Princess 2014
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old April 30th, 2012, 09:49 PM
Trip's Avatar
Moderator
Admiral
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: Boston
Posts: 19,780
Send a message via ICQ to Trip
Default

Remember getting AAA's Trip Tik's?
__________________


Trip, with her book & tea!
Chat Hostess & Board Moderator


Reply With Quote
  #7 (permalink)  
Old April 30th, 2012, 11:00 PM
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 18,199
Default

AAA still gives Triptiks
Reply With Quote
  #8 (permalink)  
Old May 1st, 2012, 12:06 AM
Kuki's Avatar
Moderator
Admiral
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: Right here :)
Posts: 22,381
Send a message via AIM to Kuki
Default

I downloaded the Garmin app to my smart phone. Think it cost 30. Works well for my needs.
__________________
C U @ C,
Kuki
CruiseMates' Staff Writer
- The Kuki Side of Cruising-
A new Blog post every Wednesday
http://www.cruisemates.com/blog/author/kuki/
Reply With Quote
  #9 (permalink)  
Old May 1st, 2012, 09:35 AM
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 18,199
Default

I'm not that sophisticated .I have a very simple cell phone .
Reply With Quote
  #10 (permalink)  
Old May 1st, 2012, 10:36 AM
ship2shore's Avatar
Senior Member
Captain
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 907
Default

2 years ago in Orlando, we were looking for a Boston Market.
I spent an hour going in circles listening to and following the nice "Samantha" on my Garmin.
I think she was lost.

"Re-calculating..."
Reply With Quote
  #11 (permalink)  
Old May 1st, 2012, 08:53 PM
Kamloops Cruiser's Avatar
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 1,130
Default

If your renting a car , check if the rental company has a GPS for rent.
Most consumer units are only updated every 4 to 6 months.
The units that the rental companies use are almost updated weekly or at least monthly. They also have local information added to there units.
The cost is about $10 USD + tax per day .
__________________





Ships Sailed:

SS Ithaca , Volendam , Mariner of the Seas (x2) , Veendam , Coral Princess , Island Princess (x3) , Emerald Princess,Sapphire Sapphire (x3),Diamond Princess
Reply With Quote
  #12 (permalink)  
Old May 1st, 2012, 11:10 PM
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 18,199
Default

I LOVE Kamloops
Reply With Quote
  #13 (permalink)  
Old May 1st, 2012, 11:18 PM
Kamloops Cruiser's Avatar
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 1,130
Default

Kamloops a little place of Eden on Earth.
__________________





Ships Sailed:

SS Ithaca , Volendam , Mariner of the Seas (x2) , Veendam , Coral Princess , Island Princess (x3) , Emerald Princess,Sapphire Sapphire (x3),Diamond Princess
Reply With Quote
  #14 (permalink)  
Old May 1st, 2012, 11:32 PM
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 18,199
Default

We discovered Kamloops approximately 25 years ago .You are so lucky to reside there.
Reply With Quote
  #15 (permalink)  
Old May 2nd, 2012, 12:07 AM
HawkeyeFLA's Avatar
Senior Member
First Mate
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 417
Default

Kind of a side note, but something I've noticed with my smart phone GPS software ... I feel portrait mode is much better than the traditional landscape that most stand alone rectangular shaped GPS use. Why do I care what's going on way off to either side of me? Things further ahead are more important I think. Sure maybe if I am somewhere "local" where I might be making lots of turns the wide angle is better, but at least in a smart phone GPS, I can turn it sideways and it changes orientation. More standalone units should consider this option.
__________________


Past cruises:

Disney Dream - Dec 2013 4n Bahamas
Disney Dream - Dec 2012 4n Bahamas
Carnival Imagination - Dec 2011 4n Western
Carnival Imagination - Nov 2010 4n Western
Costa Atlantica - Dec 2009 7n Eastern

My opinions are mine and mine alone. They do not represent the opinions of The Walt Disney Company nor any of its subsidiaries.
Reply With Quote
  #16 (permalink)  
Old May 2nd, 2012, 08:43 AM
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Texas
Posts: 11,511
Send a message via Yahoo to Luanne Russo
Default

We are on our second Tom Tom, which Jim named Sue Sue, because it's a girls voice.

Jim loves it, and we take it when we travel. I hate it. Not it, but the fact that Jim has lost all sense of adventure. I love to travel, and see a sign that sounds interesting, and getting off to explore, but Jim no longer enjoys doing things unless Sue Sue is telling us what to do.

True story. We were in Daytona last year for a couple of days. I wanted to go to St Augustine because I had not been since I was a child.

We got in the car, and Jim got out Sue Sue. I told him it was not necessary, that it was a straight shot, but he continued to mess with it. Turn it on, let it warm up, program it, etc. I told him I would just go back up to the room until he got through playing with his toy. He opened the window and threw it out of the car.:o Now we never fight, and have learned to disagree without a fuss, but this was so out of the norm.

We both looked at each other, and started laughing.

He got out, picked it up, wiped it off, and we left. Me, Him, and Sue Sue. Sure enough she told us to turn left.

She has taken us, not to the resturant, but to church, and she is forever telling us to turn, when it's to soon.

I have learned to roll my eyes, and count my blessings. It could be much worse. He could be obsessed with a hooker, and wanting to take her wherever we went.
__________________
Ecstasy 2005
Conquest 2005
Elation 2005
Conquest 2006
Conquest 2007
Ecstasy 2008
Valor B2B 2008

Conquest Virtual Cruise Topic Link
Reply With Quote
  #17 (permalink)  
Old May 2nd, 2012, 10:23 AM
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 18,199
Default

Our Garmin has a womans voice ,her name is Jill .
Reply With Quote
  #18 (permalink)  
Old May 2nd, 2012, 10:25 AM
Kamloops Cruiser's Avatar
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 1,130
Default

I have a Garmin as well . I just turn the voice off unless I'm going someplace I don't know how to get there.
__________________





Ships Sailed:

SS Ithaca , Volendam , Mariner of the Seas (x2) , Veendam , Coral Princess , Island Princess (x3) , Emerald Princess,Sapphire Sapphire (x3),Diamond Princess
Reply With Quote
  #19 (permalink)  
Old May 2nd, 2012, 02:20 PM
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 18,199
Default

My daughter prefers using the Australian voice on her Garmin .
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Tags
carnival, cruise, gps, line, location, magic, position, ship

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
GPS Coordinates FHall Carnival Cruise Lines 1 July 8th, 2014 12:37 PM
Boarding with a GPS Oldsalt Ask CruiseMates Staff 5 January 11th, 2009 11:59 PM
GPS in Virgin Islands theishkid Caribbean & Panama Canal 1 August 8th, 2008 09:43 PM
Need GPS advice nolou525 Chit - Chat for Cruisers 14 December 12th, 2007 07:23 AM
GPS systems? WhansaMi Carnival Cruise Lines 8 May 30th, 2004 05:26 PM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


 

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 02:01 PM.
design by: Themes by Design

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.1