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luv2laugh 08-20-2009 02:21 AM

instead of lugging books for everyone, we are thinking of getting a Kindle and downloading books. The customer service person at Princess was unable to answer our question: will Kindle work on the Coral Princess.

Sandy 08-20-2009 05:51 AM

Hi luv2laugh and welcome to Cruise Chat.

I don't own a Kindle and don't know that much about them, but it seems that if you download all the books you want to read before leaving home, you won't have a problem. If you want to download material while you're at sea, I'm not sure that would work.

Does the Kindle hold more than one book at a time, or does that depend on the length of the book and the amount of memory in the device?

Dave 08-20-2009 07:11 AM

I don't think Kindle has a wi-fi capability. Doesn't it have to use Sprint to access Amazon for downloads?

Jim C. 08-20-2009 07:24 AM

Yes it uses the Sprint network to access the Amazon account for downloads. But, I would assume that the Cellular at Sea service (if available on your ship) would be able to handle that "call" BUT be warned that international roaming rates would apply.. that could rack up a serious sized bill downloading books at $2 a minute plus roaming fees. Even if you don't download, does the Kindle periodically check back to the "mother ship" at amazon? If you bring the kindle, make sure you can turn off the wireless part of it (put it in airplane mode) just in case.

luv2laugh 08-20-2009 10:11 AM

We are looking at buying one especially for this trip. in doing a bit of research, it looks like you can use the "battery" only mode (guess airplane mode as you referred to)
you do charge it by plugging into computer ala Ipod, but can buy a charger to plug in the wall. Would probably buy that charger so we can be sure to keep the battery charged.
Wondered if anyone else had brought a Kindle with them, especially with a longer cruise, you don't want to have a suitcase filled with books. My child can read a book or 2 a day!
thanks for all the good info

penny3333 08-20-2009 12:20 PM

Hi luv2laugh, welcome to Cruise-Chat. There is, also, a library on board. However, I think that your child will be so busy, reading will not be consuming as much of his/her time as normal. Hope you have a wonderful cruise!

luv2laugh 08-20-2009 01:11 PM

I saw that there's a library, but I was not sure if it contained children's books or only adult ones.
thanks for the good info

Berick1234 08-26-2009 06:32 PM

I always bring a book, but NEVER have time to read it except on the plane.....There is just too much to do on a cruise.....Happy Sailing...

Bob E

penny3333 08-27-2009 06:37 AM

I quit bringing books because all I did was pack and unpack them You're so right, Bob, just too many things to do, even if it's just cat nap

f-mattox 08-27-2009 11:48 AM

For years I took a CD Walkman and a few favorite CDs (pre-i-pod) just for relaxing on the balcony; never once used it. Nothing compares to the sound of the ocean.

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