I'm pleased to report I saw no 2-way radios and very few cell phones on my recent trip. I only brought mine to check on my 90 year old Mom--and the few others I saw were for much the same reason; there was absolutely no "what deck are you on now?", "you want to meet at bingo", what time is the movie?" jabber jabber.
Okay, I'll relent, a little. Having elderly parents is a reason to have the cell phone. I must come clean; up until my venerable folks passed away in Oct '05 and April '06 respectively, I did call them from every port we hit on our Baja cruise in '05, and our Western Caribbean cruise in '03; but I did not use a cell....used a calling card in port. They were with us in July '05 Alaskan, so I called them on the ship's phone....no charge!). I miss 'em.
Ken, you surely had a very special Mom if you still think of calling her. I call mine every day, even though she lives less then 3 miles from me; and we have lunch with her and take her shopping or to a movie or something one of my days off every week.
She has friends her age that have adult children and grandchildren that they never see or hear from; how tragic.
A Godly Mother is one of life's greatest blessings.
It's strange; my folks lived 10 minutes away from me. I still find myself picking up the phone and almost dialing their number to tell them that little bit of special news that came down the pike today. It's an empty feeling when I put down the telephone (not a cell phone).
The Grandmothers are hard as well. This past Mother's Day I only had one phone call to make. I sure missed calling Mammow and chatting. I call my parents from the ports as well to see if they are doing ok and to let them know I made it there. I should call more often I think after reading this.
is there cell phone reception on the princess cruise lines? ....i have heard that there is no reception once you leave the port and sometimes not even on the islands....is this true? i have verizon service.
Verizon's service in the Caribbean is terrible except for Puerto Rico. In Hawaii we had coverage just about everywhere including the top of the volcano in Haleakala National Park. We also had coverage at night when sailing between the islands although it was weak at times.