2 way radios on a ship

Has anyone tried 2 way radios on a cruise ship ? When going with family or group of friends we have thought of trying this. Has anyone done this ? How did they work ?

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Sometimes we use them and they work fine. You just have to get an open channel. That is not being used. We use them in ports of call, too.

We tried these a long while ago and the experiment did not work out very well. Perhaps technology has improved. I look forward to hearing more from recent users.

We always bring a set along. Now with new technology, we might want to use our cell phone as walkie talkies..... I think there's an app for that....

John, I think these apps require data plans so would be chewing into precious Internet minutes to work onboard.

Could be, but then that's all techie stuff. Way outa my league........ I think I'll bring the walkies anyway. I know I can turn them off when I sneak off to the Casino.....Yummy

We used walkie-talkies a few times but started to realize many others did too. Even though we had 13 channels to choose from, it seemed the parents gave these radios to the kids and they just inundated all 13 channels with chatter that we couldn't communicate through. We have discovered on our upcoming cruise aboard the Caribbean Princess, that Princess provides FREE, onboard WiFi as an app for most cell phones where you can view the daily goings on, restaurant menus and more. But the best part is that the app ALSO has free text messenger where you can text anyone else onboard. The app ONLY works onboard so no off-ship calling or texting can be done.

I knew there was an "App for That"Wink

We've thought about bringing a set. Just never got around to buying them. We've done pretty well without them, so I guess we don't need them.

Sounds great if you are traveling Princess and have iPhones. We'll be doing B2B2B next winter so will check into that as we get closer to the date. Right now, we have a couple other trips on RC to get through. I think the ship's voicemail and post it notes will be our m.o. because the point regarding parents and their kids jamming the available frequencies is exactly what we experienced. Thankfully we did not invest major bucks into the handsets we got (years ago).


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