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Old April 22nd, 2009, 02:43 PM
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I read somewhere that people take walkie talkies on the cruise ships so they can communicate with family members on board. Anyone have any experience with that? IS it necessary? I have 2 teenagers so I think it would be good since the cell phone costs would be high. Any info on recharging the batteries onboard? Anything I should know about that?
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I never have used them but have seen many people/......seems that sometimes the reception is not good, many people on the same channel and sometimes the conversations fo on too long.

They have a thing called a DECT phone you can rent...about 25 bucks each per week...........these are what the crew uses.....it's like a cabin phone that you carry around. I don't know much else about them but they go fast.

That said, depends on the age of your kids and how much you want to keep track of them. Cell service is expensive if you can even get it....(but in places like san juan and st thomas, it's basically just another "state".....i had service there but not on the ship....not that i cared!)

i am sure someone else will have more info!
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I have been told their usefulness is iffy at best.
They don't always work on the ships and you have to carry them around.

I put a magnetic dry erase board on my cabin door and they are to note where they are going even if they already told us.

Some use post it notes.

What is more helpful is watches as clocks are few and far between on board. So everyone knows when to show up. It's easy to lose track of time on the ship.

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We travelled as a group of 4 last Fall on a 14 day Celebrity cruise. We used the walkie talkies to locate each other- "hey Bruce, where are you?" "Smoking, on the pool deck, where else!!" end of conversation.
They work far better out on the decks as opposed to room to room. We found it very handy, but we were in no way trying to converse with them.
It has been recommended in previous threads on this subject that you have walkie talkies with a vibrate only mode so you do not disturb those around you. I can agree with that, those ours do not have that feature, so we kept the volume very low and listened for the telltale squelch and moved to someplace a little more private to turn up the volume. Charging is a piece of cake- just plug them in in your room. You should always carry a small extention cord (the kind with 6 outlets and a circuit breaker in it) anyway, because the outlets are few and far between and if you want to plug in more than 2 items, forget it!
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I hope I wont offend anyone here, but I think they look naff
I remember seeing many families use them, the volume turned way up, the dreadful noise.
It reminds me of the National lampoons Vacation movies
Just my opinion, and hopefully not intended to offend !!
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We had used them a couple of years ago but did not get good reception so they were useless.
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I have used motorola walkie talkie's on both eastern and western caribbean. They worked great; no problems with them.
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Same here, we used them on Freedom Of The Seas and they worked like a charm "MOST" of the time.

I had to look up "naff" at http://www.urbandictionary.com/
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Seems the same word can mean something totally different depending upon where you are in the English speaking world! Remember the song "Shagging on the Boulevard? When folks over here from Great Britain heard it for the first time, they would be in total shock followed by convulsive laughter.

My sister in law's brother, a big time DJ in the British Isles filled me in as to why!


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You might get kidded about them a bit during the ship's comedy shows. Some of the comedians do a few lines about the "walkie-talkie" people on board lol.

Bottom line though if you think it is a good idea for you and your family then go for it. I'm guessing on some of the new, very large ships that they might have limited reception due to the distance etc.
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we went with our family and used them. They were verry handy and useful. we also brought post it notes. I would use them again. With ships being so large it would be helpful to get ahold of the family in case of emergencys or other.
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On every ship there are dead spots. Get your self a good set of walkie-talkies to help combat the dead spots. None will be 100%. We use the Motorola 5 amp 25 mile range units. They work well most of the time. Midland 5 amp 18 mile range units work well also.
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It's 5 watts, not 5 amps. The term "amps" is for current drain, not power out. Anyway, with all that steel in the ship, no radio is going to work 100%. OM
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It's 5 watts, not 5 amps. The term "amps" is for current drain, not power out. Anyway, with all that steel in the ship, no radio is going to work 100%. OM
Yes, watts is correct not amps.
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We tried walkie's a couple years ago on the Mariner they never seemed to work very well lots of static and didn't seem to work when in the interior of the ship. I guess it depends on how much you are willing to spend to get good quality ones with more power. Definately make sure everyone has something to know what time it is and good communication so you know what time to meet each other. Haven't tried the dry erase board or post-its but will use them on our next cruise with the kids (thanks for the idea!)
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