Energy-Saving Key Card Devices on Cabins

I dislike the newer ships that require you to put your key card in the slot inside the door for "energy-saving" purposes that controls all the lighting. When two people are coming in and out of the cabin frequently, the lights are going off and on and usually leave you standing in the pitch dark.

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It also makes it difficult if you want to charge some electronic devices while you are out of the cabin. I have been told that you can ask at the desk for a guest card and leave that plugged in to keep power on while you are not in the cabin. (At least I have been told this is possible on the NCL Breakaway)

Good info .. will check it out ...

Any card will work. Bring an empty gift card or a closed credit card or the room key from that pre-cruise hotel stay. On a recent cruise we noticed the room stewards had old key cards hidden all over in the hallways so they had something to use in each room.

I had run into this in European hotels, we just put a business card into the slot and the power stayed on,

I have never seen this. Now there was a "master switch" which controlled the AC and electric...

We just keep an old gift card to leave in the slot. I don't mind coming "home" in the daytime with lights off, but in the evenings, I want some light.

That's correct...any card will work. That's exactly what I do. It can be really annoying but I understand the energy saving concept.

Thanks. I did not know this. I'm surprised at myself for not figuring this out. Angry The first time I experienced this was last June on Carnival Magic. I asked the maintenance guy I happened to see in the passageway for assistance and he simply showed me to keep the S&S card in the slot. Now I feel like an idiot. Sad

I am not a fan of these. I have had to use them in a couple hotels. Basically, these are bothersome. The push to be more green is definitely the instigator... longer-termed cost savings is another.

Same here!!!


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