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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I don't spend a lot of time watching tv on a cruise, but I would like to catch some news now and then. My biggest complaint on lack of channels is not enough sports for me. I will watch any ncaa football game on but would like a choice of better games. As it stands on Carnival you will get zero games in your cabin and little choice at the sports bar. Like most towns in the south I live in a drinking town with a football problem.

Hear hear! course, you could watch a lot of futbol….or BBC...I live in a wide spot in the road in a southern state with a HUGE football problem...they can't suck going on a cruise and not seeing THEM is fine with me...I'd watch anybody elses college team. If I could...or college hoops...if I could...I'd pay extra for the privilege..BEANCOUNTERS ALERT!!!!

I like having the navigational map position as well as weather conditions. Although, when I was on Summit last week, it wasn't up all the time. Also, on some ships, they run replays of the theater/club performances.

I think what I would like to have is a station that gives a weather report of the major cities (I am interested of course in Denver, CO) on the last day of the cruise so we know what to expect when headed home. Purely selfish I know, but it would be nice to know if I need the coat as soon as I get off the plane.

I disagree...that's not selfish at all...matter of fact, its incredibly useful....if onboard wifi wasn't so horrible, but that's another thread...

While cruising in Alaska we had the tv on during glacier viewing. We turned on the bridge channel and listened to the naturalist narration while we were out on the balcony. Since we could not hear the overhead announcements while in the cabin, we also did that when we heard the overhead mumbling out in the hall.

This was also available when we did the Panama Canal Transit. It was great because not everyone could get a "front row" seat to watch as we entered the locks and there it was on the TV. Some of our photos from that trip were taken of the TV. I think this is a special situation sort of thing, like Alaska would be.

Outstanding...we did the same thing! forgot all about it. except there was no "description"...that would have been nice. And AUNTIE, we discovered the ships channel "announcements" audio on tv by accident a few years back.. I thought it was just me that couldn't hear anything except "garbled mumbling" in the hall...then way back I saw lots of heads poking out...kinda funny in a way..except for the possibility of an emergency. theres a lot of announcements hyping stuff, you tend to ignore them after awhile.

If it is an announcement that you need to hear, they will broadcast it into the rooms. Otherwise, I have found that you can pretty much ignore the mumbling in the hall.

Of course, curiosity always gets the better of me and I run to the door so I can hear it.

We don't go on cruises to watch TV so the only thing we put on is for ship info. Then it goes off again.

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