When The Public Address System isn't Public.

I haven’t solved the mystery of shipboard public address systems. The calls to lifeboat drills are blasted out everywhere – not to be missed – can’t be hidden from. Other times and other announcements – can’t hear a peep. Sometimes you hear a mutter and have to run to the balcony or cabin door and stand outside to hear the disembarkation notices or wildlife/nature narration. Interesting to see the dishabille of some of the neighbors…

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Some things should be announced throughout the ship, but I like that I can sleep in when there is an early docking without hearing "you are now able to go ashore....." Not sure how they decide which things need to heard by everyone...?????

If you have your television set to the webcam / bridgecam station, the announcements will come into your cabin over the speakers....

Sometimes - but not all the time - and I've never figured out the inconsistencies.

Why can't ships get a speaker system that isn't garbled?

The only inconsistency I've ever seen with it is if the volume on the tv isn't turned up ...

I like it when the Italian captain tries to tell us our sea day speeds and direction. Can't understand a word be is saying.

From what I understand only emergency's are broadcast into the cabin speakers, the rest only go to public areas. Think how annoying it would be when you want to watch a movie in cabin, sleep or just relax to have an announcement blare for the $ 10.00 sale or that Bingo will start in 10 min in the game room.

On my last cruise they did announcements into all cabins at 3:30, 4:00 and 4:30 AM looking for a passenger "Wendy E________ to please call the desk ASAP" I called the desk the 3rd time to complain of waking me up 3 times. Turns out good old Wendy was reported missing by her family..............it was her bachlelorette party cruise and she found a last chance before her wedding for entertainment, dancing the night away in a guys cabin doing the Horizontal Mamba. She was the butt of jokes for the rest of the cruise.

I totally agree. It's been like that on each of our cruises. The first cd we had had such a strong accent we couldn't understand him over the PA either.

I've had similar experiences on airplanes. So many times we hear about rules that are in place "for your safety" yet you can't hear a darn thing they say over the PA system.

What captain says: "This is the captain. We are currently cruising at 38,000 feet. The weather is 80 degrees at our destination with slights winds from the East. We'll begin our descent in a few minutes. It looks like we are going to be right on time and we should have you down at the gate shortly. Please fasten your seat belts at this time".

What I hear: "This is the captain. ..... ..... .... ... 38,000 feet. Weather... ...... winds ... ... going .... down. ... fasten your seat belts...".


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