Hello, I am not new to this whole crusing thing, but I was wondering if there were any other ways to keep connected with friends and family except walkie talkies. Yes, walkie talkies are great but somtimes there is static and/or you wont hear the dang thing when your friends/family try to find or talk to you. And dont even get me started on cell phones!
HI, With the advice I have read here I just purchased Motorolo Walkie Talkies for the kids.
There were $39.00 on sale. They did have cheaper brands but to avoid the static, ect I think its worth the extra $$! I am also going to buy sticky note pads so we can leave messages for each other if need be in the cabins. I figure it is a small price to pay to know what my kids (age 12 twins) are doing and where they are! My parents are also coming,
hopefully they can behave themselves!
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we just got off of adventure of seas on 3/5 cruise, and we had brought the good walkie talkies with gmrs? with 10 mile range and I've never had so much interferene on a boat? we had a group of 18 with us...and didnt end of using them that often we had to keep switching channels ...not sure if there are more out there now or what ????
There are two types of two-way (walkie-talkie) radios: family radio service (FRS) models, which have a maximum range of two miles, and the more powerful general mobile radio service (GMRS) models, with a maximum range of five miles. Expect to pay about $40 to $200 a pair. Any two-way with a range over 5 miles requires a license (which no seems to pay any attention to). I have Motorola talkabout T5700s. They work well most of the time except when other people are using their's at the same time or when we were far apart. If you're on deck 4 and the other person is on deck 11 and opposite
end of the ship don't be suprised if they don't work. Make sure you get the feature with a call button which most models have. Let us know what you decide now that you got our attention
Well, since I work for Motorola, I'd suggest the Motorola walkie talkies But any set that you get, make sure you can select different channels. Numerous people on ship will have them and if you can't change channels you end up listening to everyone else. The Motorola radios have lots of channels and sub channels, so you can usually find on that is free.
The postie notes is a great idea. I'll have to add it to the cruise list. We always ended up using whatever scrap of paper we could find.
As far as cell phones, don't worry about them... Once you are about 10 miles from the US (or mexico) they are pretty much useless as there are no cell towers floating in the ocean
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I can vouch for the Motorola FRS radios. They have quite a selection of sub-channels and I've never heard anyone else on my channel either on a cruise or at the conventions we attend (choose an obscure channel combination, not 10-4 or something everyone else might also think of). Even though they're not as storng as the GMRS(?) they've worked from our room on the 5th floor to the pool deck w/o problems. We've had ours for about 5 years now. With the price drops, I would recommend getting the more powerful GMRS units, good for UP TO 10 miles (open areas only). DO NOT BUY A RADIO THAT DOESN'T OFFER A GOOD SELECTION OF SUB-CHANNELS OR YOU WILL THINK YOU ARE HEARING EVERYONE ON THE SHIP. We took back the first set we bought because of that problem.
There have been a lot of posts on here about how annoyed people get by walkie talkie use. This last cruise left from NYC and everyone was up on deck watching us sail out of NY (an awesome experience). As we were up on the bow, gliding quietly by the SoL, etc., all I could hear were the walkie talkies: "where are you? Statue of Liberty is right here! get up here! here! up front! can you hear me?" etc. I have been very mildly annoyed by them in the past but just tuned them out. This time it was really bad. The thing is that IME no one ever uses them by Day 2 or 3. Believe me, 12 year olds will know where you are at all times. They are on a mission 24/7, checking out what's happening, where everyone is, what's going on. And by the 2nd or 3rd day you (hopefully) will be so chilled out you won't care where anyone is.
Post its are a great idea. You can leave messages for the cabin steward as well. But the walkie talkies are intrusive and unnecessary. You are within hearing distance of many people at all times and IMHO there is no need for them.
Recent experience-DO NOT GET THEM-very annoying!!! Just like idiots using cells in restaurants! Posts -it good!!! Are u afraid someone will show up missing on a ship!!!! Plan your day-walkie talkies I hear will soon be banned....