Walkie Talkies on a Cruise Ship – Cruise Tips TV

Walkie Talkies on a Cruise Ship – Cruise Tips TV

Do walkie talkies work on a cruise ship? This episode we’ll let you know what we’ve discovered about using walkie talkies on cruises. Hi It’s Sheri from …



  1. sweetpuppy120489

    Do you have any updated tips on communicating without walkie talkie? It is a big ship and I know that my family will do majority of things together, but just in case we are separated, what would be the best way? I know for sure that we will stick together while on shore, but on the cruise, I would think a quite alone time would be great.

  2. cqpate

    as a ham radio geek i always bring the FRS. i talked to the wife thru a few decks of metal. but not top to bottom of ship. pick hi power and a channel with pl tone. chances are nobody else will pick what you did. this makes it nearly private. saves a lot of time if i need to find the wife, 'bring me sunscreen, im at deck whatever'. save the battery, used prearranged talk times. has come in handy many times for several cruises. maybe you spent alot of time finding somebody on the ship,but i never did. its called radio.

  3. Rachael Adler

    The answer depends on your partner(s). If he/she is the type that will plop themselves down and stay in the same place (poolside, casino, library) for hours on end, then you don't need it. If you're a roamer, get it. Privacy doesn't matter because I can't think of anything that you'd say that would be to revealing. One word of caution; don't find each other via text. You'll get sticker shock on next month's phone bill.

  4. kawaii kitten

    My family is going on a cruise this october and are definitely going to need to use them. Traveling with 71yr old grandma, a mom with walking difficulties, and a 10yr old makes them a necessity. The adults are not going to be able to go back and forth to retrieve messages from the room. My 10yr old will always be with one of us adults unless she is in the kid's center and wants to get picked up since I won't be allowing her to check herself out. So regardless of others getting annoyed with us using them, that's simply their problem!

  5. Carlos Santini

    as a ham radio operator, I have plenty of experience using walkie talkies, IMO the best is digital radios, I use old Motorola Nextel radios with direct talk, they are secured, private and cannot be picked up by any scanner. The range is double than analog radios

  6. pklongutoobe

    The Norwegian iConcierge app lets you make calls over the ships wifi. There is a fee, I think it's around $10/week. It's not a feature we needed to use. The old fashioned method of I'll be in X or meet me in X at Y O'clock worked perfectly for us.

  7. nathan smiddy

    To be fair Walkie Talkies would save you tons of money on your phone bill in return so really if somebody reports you just ignore them as end of the day it's like watching two kids playing with Walkie Talkies and been told off by the staff Security or on the other hand why can't the cruise ships rent them out for a small fee?

  8. Jack Mortimer

    Flashlight??? Really?
    I carry and encourage all cruisers to have a flashlight. Crew members carry them for a reason. Inside a ship at night with a power failure can be pretty dark. Don't need much light or for long. I use one of the little flat, rectangular units designed for a key ring. It works well and is all I need. A benefit is that by flashing it on and off, you can get the attention of your spouse on the other side of the theater (IF he is looking for you).

  9. Wayne N3lms

    We're fortunate. Both my wife and I are licensed Hams. We carry our portable radios just about everywhere. Having them is very convenient, and being able to use a somewhat higher power radio (4- 5 watt) is an advantage that keeps us in touch even if we are opposite ends of the ship. The FRS radios, like the one you showed, are lower in power (about 1/2 – 1 watt) and still can be useful if you're not trying to reach between decks at opposite ends.
    The unfortunate side of using 2-way radios is, as you mentioned, if used improperly can be an annoyance. As Ham Radio operators, we tend to be a little more discreet, and even over heard many people comment about useful it would be if they had brought theirs along. However, too often I witness improper use. If the other person has a difficult time hearing you, the tendency is to speak louder, and usually that is the worst thing you can do when using a radio. Louder = more distortion. Helpful TIP: talk in a normal tone across the mic, not directly into it and you will almost always sound better to the other person.
    One other advantage we hams have is, reciprocal licensing. Applying ahead of time with the communication ministry of a non US territory, will get us a temporary license to operate while in port.
    If they can be of benefit, I encourage cruisers to take them even if you end up not using them. Just be mindful of others so as not to be a nuisance. Limit their use with kids, and be sure to instruct them on when to and when not to use, and how to use them properly.

  10. Howard Packer

    I have used walkie talkies whenever we cruise. They make the trip so much better. We use commercial walkie talkies and they work so much better in the all metal and steal environment (similar to the ones that the crew uses). I have been able to rent them before I travel, as commercial walkie talkies can be rather expensive to purchase. The ships are so big these days, it is easy to loose your shipmates. This really helps with coordination and finding each other. It also saves hours of searching around the ship looking for your kids and or travel partners. Keep in mind that these walkie talkies can be expensive so be mindful of not loosing them on the ship. We put our cabin number on the radios, just in case. I hope this helps.

  11. Sirens Of SW Ohio

    Brough My Baofeng Bf-888s with a Motorola UHF 6 inch "whip" antenna and worked great! Went all the way to the back of deck 12. other person went to deck 1 in the comedy club, only a very faint static but other than that, heard loud and clear and both were understood. Before I get yelled at by ham radio users……They were reprogrammed to a legal frequency.

  12. konatadesuka

    The "annoyances" related to FRS/GMRS usage like beeps, chirps and all that can be completely disabled. When I'm using a FRS "handy", I usually don't want people to know it so I turn off key tones, squelch tones, use a lower volume, most of the time a headset and turning on "VibraCall" vibrates the thing when it requires attention. You can do without "roger beeps" if you pay attention to the device, it has a light that turns off when no one is transmitting.

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