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View Poll Results: Your Picks for Onboard TV Channels
The Cartoon Network
The Food Network
The History Channel
The Learning Channel (TLC)
Turner Classic Movies
Other ...please POST REPLY below with your choice
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 363. You may not vote on this poll
Assuming that the inclusion of networks like CNN, Fox (and Fox News), ESPN and the majors -- CBS, ABC and NBC -- are offered on your hypothetically new Wave Entertainment TV system onboard, what other networks offer must-see-tv during your vacation. And if your faves aren’t represented below -- reply with your picks here.
I am a television addict, and for this poll chose Discovery Channel (yum, to have Mike Rowe "on vacation" with me!!) but the truth is, on a cruise I don't watch tv. I'll read a book out on the balcony or on deck when I want amusement. Most stuff get rebroadcast anyway, so I don't worry about missing things. More important for me to get away and enjoy vacation.....
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I'm afraid I'm way too addicted to TV. Assuming we'd already have all the sports, I voted for Bravo, in case Project Runway is on, but I'd also like HGTV for Househunters, and BBC America (if I'm going to watch old sitcoms, I like the British ones ).
Past Cruises --
Eastern Caribbean on Norwegian Getaway 1/3/2015
Southern Caribbean on Norwegian Sun 1/1/2014
Bermuda on Norwegian Breakaway Jun 23, 2013
S/W Caribbean on Norwegian Dawn Feb 20, 2011
Bahamas on RCL Enchantment OTS Jan 08,2011
Caribbean B2B on RCL Oasis OTS Jan 16, 2010
Canada/NE on Norwegian Spirit Sep 25,2009
Bermuda on Norwegian Dawn May 10,2009
TA Westbound on QM2 Aug 01, 2008
Baltics on Norwegian Jewel Jul 04, 2008
Br Isles/Nor fjord on RCL Jewel OTS Jun 16, 2008
TA Eastbound on QM2 June 08, 2008
Mexican Riviera on Norwegian Star Feb 20, 2008
Canada/NE on Norwegian Dawn Sep 23, 2007
Alaska on Norwegian Sun Jul 08, 2007
PacNW on Celebrity Mercury Oct 2, 2006
Alaska on Norwegian Star Jun 11, 2006
Hey, you can watch TV at home. No need to pay $1000/person to watch TV while on a cruise. When I worked in the hotel industry, we'd often get complaints of TV's being on too loud and the places I worked at still had real walls. Can you imagine what'll happen with those thin walls on a cruise?
That said, if this must come to pass:
The Travel Channel - duh...
Fox News (so that we can see the real news)
CNN (so that we can see the slanted version - ha ha)
CNN Headlines (just so that I can continue waking up with Robin - hey, what can I say, I'm a faithful guy!)
CNN en español (because there's tons of Spanish speaking cruisers nowadays)
It would be nice to have a channel that shows only good documentaries of the ports one is visiting. None of those "shopping" oriented ones or paid for by the excursion people or even the local travel boards, but the ones that truly give a deep insight into the ports. PBS like stuff, which would really go into deep details of the history, culture, geography, plant & animal life, music, foods and current politics of each port area. Again, this should be available in several languages.
However, again, I think TV should be minimized on vacation. We watch too much as it is...
It would be really nice if they could get live feeds from the main network stations such as Fox, ABC, CBS, NBC so that we wouldn't miss our favorites like American Idol, Desperate Housewives, Survivor, and Apprentice.
No I don't go on a cruise to sit in my room and watch TV but for late at night and in the morning it is nice to watch. Also like before dinner it would be nice to be able to watch some of the shows.
I don't think the Networks would ever allow this though. I think there are so many rules regarding the advertising that they couldn't broadcast the shows live to cruise ships.
Now what would REALLY be cool is if this system offered on demand programming. This would be ideal for cruise ships because they could "download" new shows every week when they return to their homeport. Then cruisers could watch shows on demand whenever they wanted and they would always have a fresh selection to choose from.
Future Cruises: Independence of the Seas - 8 Night Eastern Caribbean - January 17th, 2015
Past Cruises: Celebrity Summit - Southern Caribbean - December 14th, 2013
Celebrity Reflection - Eastern Caribbean - February 23rd, 2013
Serenade of the Seas - 12 Night Mediterranean (Venice) - June 10th, 2012 Navigator of the Seas - 8 Night Eastern Caribbean - December 10th, 2011
Explorer of the Seas - 14 Night Southern Caribbean - January 2nd, 2011 Freedom of the Seas - Eastern Caribbean - January 31st, 2010
Oasis of the Seas Inaugural Cruise - December 5th 2009
Serenade of the Seas - 13 Night Panama Canal Repo, October 26th, 2008
Freedom of the Seas - Eastern Caribbean, February 24th 2008
Crown Princess - Southern Caribbean, October 27th 2007
Radiance of the Seas - 14 night Hawaii R/T - Sept 2006 - The Happy CocoNUTS
Grand Princess - Western Caribbean - Jan 2006
Carnival Conquest - Western Caribbean - Jan 2005