Walkie Talkies on a Cruise Ship – Cruise Tips TV
Do walkie talkies work on a cruise ship? This episode we’ll let you know what we’ve discovered about using walkie talkies on cruises.
Hi It’s Sheri from CruiseTipsTV
Today we are going to talk about the hotly debated topic of Walkie Talkies on cruise ships. We’re not going to tell you if you should or shouldn’t use them. We are simply going to offer some tips to help you if you are considering them for your next cruise. And if you stick around until the end of the video, we’ll let you what we have decided.
We thought it would be fun to start with a quick Pros & Cons list, and follow that up with a few tips. First up the pros: I’ll handle the cons. Really? We’re going to do the old split screen routine. Yup, I like it. Okay, but I was here first. Let’s get started.
1. Walkie Talkies are a fun way to communicate and can possibly save a few trips back and forth to the room
2. You probably won’t be able to communicate by text or cell while onboard and walkie talkies provide a decent alternative
3. They’re great for keeping in touch with kids or when you’re traveling with a group.
4. Terrific for shopping (I can look at what I want, and my husband can wander off looking at what he likes)
5.You get to feel like a secret agent (although the feeling doesn’t last very long)
Okay, your turn.
1. In our experience they don’t work well consistently
2. The beeping buzzing and loud “What!? Can you hear me? Is likely to annoy other passengers
3. They may be illegal in the destination country, and you therefore would be able not use them off the ship.
4. Anyone using the same unprotected frequency can listen in.
5. One more thing to carry around (and don’t guys look silly with stuff clipped to their belts?)
Okay, you can go now. Here’s the list again.
And now a few tips if you are considering using walkie-talkies on a cruise ship;
• Always be courteous (Be aware of your surroundings. It’s usually pretty easy to see when people are annoyed).
• Consider using a plug in earpiece, it’ll help you hear more and help others hear less.
• Don’t be fooled. Many units advertise extreme ranges 25 miles, 35 miles, and while these claims may be true in ideal locations and conditions, a cruise ship is assuredly not an ideal location for a walkie talkie.
• Shouting probably won’t help a garbled or static ridden conversation. If your inside voice doesn’t’ work, it’s best to just turn it off.
• Consider a less high tech solution.
Okay, so we bought the Motorola MR350R 35-Mile pair back when these were the most favor unit available. We had good luck with them the first time out. On the next cruise, however, they were pretty unreliable. We consider taking them from time to time, but ultimately it’s just one more thing to pack, one more thing to charge and make space for on a cluttered counter. But, do we still use them? Sure! You never know when you’re going to need a flashlight!
That’s it for this episode. Thanks for watching, and oh yeah, don’t forget to like and subscribe. Until next time, we’ll see you on the high seas!