we tried the walk talkie thing a couple of times it was really useless, they got turned off, or the party was in the pool or left them in the room or thier were other folks on the same frequency, it to me was much better to make a spot on the ship a meeting place at certain time to meet by all means if you have them take them but you probably will not use them much
I agree that they are useless and annoying- especially to those who are relying on them! If you have any children in your party, they can be the runners. I guarantee you they will know where every person is at every minute. If not, just make a meeting point, with a Plan B in case you can't make it (due to excellent rays by the pool or some other holdup). You can always just agree to meet at dinner every night and just sort of bump into each other here and there all day. That is fun because you get different groupings of people and you can visit in a way you might not otherwise. Also, the fair skinned people tend to do more walking around and they will usually know where people are all the time.
We mentionend on the last cruise (Transatlantic), that more and more older people uses them. Many of them had the ringtone, or however you call, so loud, that many people felt being molested. Everywhere, even in the Windjammer, on the pooldeck, in the library, you heard these sounds and then the louder speaking people because the person on the other side, couldnīt understand.
It is really a molestation for other passengers.
My wife, son and I always use them on board and off. If you use walkie talkies that have enough power you can talk from ship to land. Say for example you tender into the caymans and your wife stays behind. If you are shopping and need to ask a question, its a quick ring. If my wife and I go to a evening show and my son (who is 9 wants to stay in the room and watch TV, then you turn the walkie talkie to vibrate and if he needs us, he buzzes us. If we wish to check on him, we can call him up. If Im going to the excursion desk and my wife is getting a bite from the buffet and I have a question, again, its a quick ring. Therefore, when used right, they are a tremendous andvantage to have.
We have used them on board with great results, but as mentioned you will want one with decent power. We have had good luck with the Motorola line. When we use them we set them to vibrate as to not annoy others, and keep use down to a minimum. If for anything else, they are great for ashore. I know my wife will go missing in the shopping zone within seconds of turning my head.
Is it possible to rent a pager on board? Our kids are old enough to stay in the cabin on their own at night, but it certainly would be reassuring to know that they could simply page us if there was a problem. (Mom and Dad would like to enjoy the ship 's evening activities (is this too much to ask ??? ))
Welcome to cruise-chat Pat&Nancy,
I don't think you can rent them on board, but you can go to your local walmart, coscos Sams Club or Best buy and get them for around $35.00 or less pr pair, depending on the strength you get. We have used them in the past, but our daughter got smart and would turn hers off when she wasnt with us, so we just use them when on shore.
I think my question was misunderstood: I do not want to rent a walkie-talkie. Rather I would like to rent a pager. I know that the toddler's club gives them to parents, but we would like one we could use to get our daughter to page us if required. Thanks.