Hey Cruisers, 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. Alright, now for the pros. Walkie Talkies are a fun way to communicate
and can possibly save a few trips back and forth to the room
You probably won’t be able to communicate by text or cell while onboard and walkie talkies
provide a decent alternative They’re great for keeping in touch with
kids or when you’re traveling with a group. They can be terrific for shopping (I can look at what
I want, and my husband can wander off looking at what he likes)
You get to feel like a secret agent (although the feeling doesn’t last very long)
Okay, your turn. In our experience they don’t work well consistently
The beeping buzzing and loud “What!? Can you hear me? Is likely to annoy other passengers
They may be illegal in the destination countries, and you therefore would be able not use them
off the ship. Anyone using the same unprotected frequency
can listen in. If you are traveling light they can be 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 all ready 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.
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