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#1
Fairbanks, Alaska
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Okay, I don't know if I should post this here or on the family board. We're giving our son more freedom this time on the Dream. We've advised him we will let himself sign himself out of Camp Carnival/Circle C however we are trying to figure out a way to keep track of him if he does that. Like give us call that he is going back to the stateroom or going to the pool instead type of thing. At first we thought walkie talkie but after seeing all the negative comments here on that we nixxed that idea. I'd prefer to not use the data on ship for us to keep up with our 11 yr (almost 12) son but I don't know what other option there might be. Entering new territory here with an almost tween wanting a tad bit more freedom.
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#2
United States
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I have not seen any walkie-talkies on my cruises except on the last and it was so ANNOYING! :/ When we travel as a large group we do the whiteboard thing and stick one to the main cabins door. Everyone can write what they are doing and where they are and what time to meet back at a cabin, dinner, etc. It is low cost and easy. We like it!
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#3
Fairbanks, Alaska
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Joined Dec 2006
Our main goal is to just know if our son checked himself out of Camp Carnival \circle c but I don't think the door idea would work then. Many times we have dropped our son off at Camp Carnival and then gone to the Casino or the serenity deck or the spa, places that are off limits for the kiddos. I saw Carnival is putting ways to communicate electronically on the ships but its not on the dream yet.
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#4
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Joined Jan 2017
If you want to spend $150, you could try Gotenna. It is like Walkie Talkie except with TXT, so to anyone else you will look like your are TXTing on your smartphone. I am thinking of getting a pair but more for shore excursions in case we are separated ... the reviews don't seem too bad but not much on a cruise ship. It also has offline map and use your phone's GPS to send locations.. probably won't work on a ship as the phone's GPS won't even see the satellites with all the metal ceilings.
#5
Illinois (Not Chicago)
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Joined Aug 2016
Originally posted by tnebell
Our main goal is to just know if our son checked himself out of Camp Carnival \circle c but I don't think the door idea would work then. Many times we have dropped our son off at Camp Carnival and then gone to the Casino or the serenity deck or the spa, places that are off limits for the kiddos. I saw Carnival is putting ways to communicate electronically on the ships but its not on the dream yet.
The Carnival Hub app is scheduled to be available on the Dream on March 19th. Judging by your signature, you aren't cruising until May, so you should in luck. In addition to the free features the Hub app offers, like deck plans, scheduled events, etc., they also offer a chat feature. To use that, you have to pay a one-time $5 fee per device and that lasts the entire cruise. The only problem is, from what I've read of it in these forums, the chat feature isn't the most reliable. Granted, I haven't read much about it. I'd like to get more opinions before deciding ourselves whether or not we want to purchase the chat feature.

Otherwise if you purchase the Social internet plan, several of the more popular messaging apps work to communicate back & forth with one another. Including iMessages on iPhones. This is what we did last time and it worked pretty good (with a few dead spots here & there).
#6
birmingham,al usa
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download ZELLO app on your smart phone. it is a push to talk app that works just like a radio. dont need cell service. its free
#7
Illinois (Not Chicago)
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Originally posted by bfork1
download ZELLO app on your smart phone. it is a push to talk app that works just like a radio. dont need cell service. its free
Just keep in mind that, even though this particular app is free, it still requires wifi, so you'd have to purchase one of the on board internet plans. Whether or not the Social plan would work for something like this, I don't know.
#9
Fairbanks, Alaska
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Joined Dec 2006
Okay fyi, back from the Carnival Dream out of NOLA. Funhub doesn't work so great. It still has a load of bugs, sometimes you'll get to talk to the person you want to, sometimes not. Its very iffy. I'm hoping Carnival continues to work on this, because if it does work it'll be great.
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#10
USA
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Joined Oct 2012
Walkie talkies are the way to go to easily communicate onboard! In Feb. 2017 our family of 8: parents, grandparents & 4 young grandchildren used them on the royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas. This is one of the largest, longest cruise ships - with numerous steel walls. We were able to communicate among us from almost everywhere onboard to check in, to make plans where & what time to meet up! The new models are very sensitive, & inexpensive online. You can talk in a low/soft voice. There was almost never any static.
#11
Las Vegas
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Originally posted by sunglo
Walkie talkies are the way to go to easily communicate onboard! In Feb. 2017 our family of 8: parents, grandparents & 4 young grandchildren used them on the royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas. This is one of the largest, longest cruise ships - with numerous steel walls. We were able to communicate among us from almost everywhere onboard to check in, to make plans where & what time to meet up! The new models are very sensitive, & inexpensive online. You can talk in a low/soft voice. There was almost never any static.
Do a CC search on walkie talkies and see what the rest of us think about people who use walkie talkies on board the ship. The attitude is almost universally "we hate them".

DON
#12
53 Posts
Joined Jun 2017
Originally posted by donaldsc
Do a CC search on walkie talkies and see what the rest of us think about people who use walkie talkies on board the ship. The attitude is almost universally "we hate them".

DON
Too bad more cruise lines don't do what Disney does. On Disney cruises you can take your cordless cabin phone with you throughout the ship and receive calls from the other cordless phone. I believe the phones also work from their private island. This was ideal when traveling with kids that wanted to go to the kids area, they were able to call us and let us know they were leaving and where they were going.

As far as walkie talkies go and whether people hate them or not, if you need to communicate with others on board there aren't many other alternatives so do what you need to do.

There are plenty of behaviors on board these cruise ships that are absolutely atrocious. A completely able bodied person cutting in line for the elevator when a handicapped person is waiting for one is, in my opinion way worse than using a walkie talkie on board. Saw this one happen on a daily basis on our last cruise.
#13
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#14
Stuart, Florida
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Joined Nov 2017
Originally posted by sunglo
Walkie talkies are the way to go to easily communicate onboard! In Feb. 2017 our family of 8: parents, grandparents & 4 young grandchildren used them on the royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas. This is one of the largest, longest cruise ships - with numerous steel walls. We were able to communicate among us from almost everywhere onboard to check in, to make plans where & what time to meet up! The new models are very sensitive, & inexpensive online. You can talk in a low/soft voice. There was almost never any static.

Hi, What brand & model did u use.