We may have touched on this...but ships tv leaves a lot to be desired. Obviously it has to do with whatever deals each cruise line strikes with whatever satellite provider they have. I usually ask the assembled officers during those q/a sessions they have if THEY get to watch the same tv channels we do. It usually gets a laff from everyone there. NCL has eliminated a few ships info channels that at least provided some background music. the bean counters again. theres always been a standing joke in casinos that they don't want you in your room watching tv...well, the cruise lines have raised that to a whole new level. I seem to remember way back in the day there were more channels.

This last cruise we watched an emergency helicopter evac on the "view from the bridge" over the bow. most useful thing we saw all week....well, the ships position is nice..once in a awhile.. its just habit I guess...turn it on, and flip. see how much $$ you owe...

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Last time I was on Celebrity they had a large "on demand" selection of movies for free. They have your TV set up to also view your S&S card charges and other functions. The lower lines like NCL, Carnival and RCI do not have this option Crying.

I'm happier with reading a book on vacation so the TV does not get turned on much other to check the temp outside.

well...far be it from me to correct an Admiral, since im partial to one of those "lower lines", but you're wrong. when I want to check the temp outside..I generally GO outside..

Princess also has a large on-demand service - especially useful if you want to watch "Love Boat" reruns!

Generally, I find that there is too much other stuff to do on a cruise than to sit in the cabin and watch TV.

The most I do is tune to the GPS channel, or occasionally view the Morning Show.

TV. Well just a background noise to put me to sleep- any channel can do this.

No, I am not wrong. I use it for temp outside. I did not state what you do. So for me I am correct !!!!!!! So you did not correct an Admiral, YOU are WRONG. FYI I have cruised the 3 lower lines that I mentioned, I happen to enjoy both Carnival and RCI. NCL is my very last choice of cruise lines to go on. I have also gone on HAL, Celebrity and Princess.

Also The rating of "lower lines" is not my own, it is industry wide, just like hotels or cars.

I am kind of in the middle on this one. I do not spend a great deal of time in my cabin and don’t turn the tv on much. It seems I turn it on at the same time the same program is on. On one cruise I was not feeling all that great so I did stay in the room. Well in that scenario the tv sucked.

We like having the TV on in the cabin when we get ready for the day, or dinner, or whatever, mostly because one of us (me) is slower than the other and it is a time filler. We were disappointed on the Carnival Vista, that we couldn't order shore tours, check S&S balance or a few other things on the TV. They want you to use the Hub. We found the Hub to be less than optimal on our cruise earlier this month while on the Carnival Glory. We do enjoy the camera views, weather, speed and location information channel. Our favorite was when Carnival had a deal with a Denver provider. We saw a lot of local things, including snow back home while in the Caribbean.Wink

In virtually ANY scenario the TV sucks. I really think its just of em is usually on at home somewhere. I even ran a cable to the shop. Background noise. I do wish theyd put a few channels on with music background like they used to. But its way above a Captains paygrade..altho I strongly suspect his tv can get anything he wants. or is that sour grapes?

I'm pretty sure his TV on board gets the same channels as the guests - he probably doesn't have the time to watch it.

Yeh, you're probably right...way back in the day I tried that question on one of our cruises on SPIRIT...the top 4-5 poohbahs were there..small venue, small ship..(by todays standards anyway)..they all chuckled..alot..audience laffed too..Capt actually looked a lil uncomfortable..he explained something or other about headquarters doing that etc etc...but somehow I got the feeling...well..yknow...

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