Don't Leave Home Without It (your TV, that is!)

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Poll: Your Picks for Onboard TV Channels
Poll Results
Your Picks for Onboard TV Channels

The Cartoon Network

Discovery Channel

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.

Ewing, NJ
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Joined Jan 2000
Something New: Seamobile's Wave Entertainment System!

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.
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Ewing, NJ
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I love HGTV and HBO too

Can't miss my "househunters" or "Entourage" either!

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I watch very little TV, and I watch even less when I'm on vacation and seeing new places...but I always enjoy a little HGTV.
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North Carolina
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Joined Apr 2005
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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Azamara 10 night Thailand/Vietnam Nov 2016
Avalon Vista Christmas Market 12/2014
Pacific Princess 12 day Black Sea 9/4/11

HAL Westerdam 15 day Panama Canal 10/08
Pacific Princess Alaska 9/5/2007

HAL Maasdam Southern Caribbean 10/28/06
HAL Alaska 1986
4,926 Posts
Joined Mar 2007
If I didn't fall asleep to the sounds of my fiance watching ESPN I'd be lost!

Ok, in all fairness I check ESPN a few times a day myself, but he has an addiction!
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Completed (click each cruise to read reviews and see photos):
Norwegian Dawn ~ Southern Caribbean ~ 1/14/11
Carnival Inspiration ~ Western Caribbean ~ 1/12/09

Carnival Destiny ~ Southern Caribbean ~ 12/30/07

"It is your attitude, not your aptitude, that determines your altitude."
Eagle River, Alaska
231 Posts
Joined Jan 2007
I am hopelessly addicted to CNN Headline News! If you have a conversation with me, I'm always saying "I saw on the news..."

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Infinity - 14 night Hawaii circle - 4/8-4/22/07

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Joined Jul 2004
Love HGTV (Househunter) and National Geographic (Dog Whisperer) and of course CNN for news. However, television is my very last choice for entertainment while cruising.
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Fun ~ Feathers ~ Friends

486 Posts
Joined Feb 2006
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 ).
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Upcoming Cruises --
Eastern Caribbean on RCL Harmony OTS 1/7/2017

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
San Juan - PR
1,193 Posts
Joined Feb 2007
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...
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Renaissance-IV (1994-Windward Islands Southbound) -First and best cruise ever to date.
Nordic Empress (4 day: St Thomas/St Maarten)
Monarch of the Seas (Eastern Caribbean)
Sun Princess (1998-Alaska)
Adventure of the Seas (7/8/7-Southern)
Caribbean Princess (9/16/07-Western)
Crown Princess (12/15/07-Southern)
Caribbean Princess (04/06/08-Eastern)
Caribbean Princess (05/01/08 - 3 Night)
Adventure of the Seas (10/5/08-Southern)
Majesty of the Seas (10/21/08 - 3 Night)
Island Princess (1/3/9-Panama Canal)
Majesty of the Seas (8/14/09 - 3 Night Bahamas)
Crown Princess (12/12/09 - Western Caribbean)
Silver Cloud (3/24/10 - Eastern Caribbean)
Serenade of the Seas (9/19/10 - Southern Caribbean)
Silver Spirit (12/11/10 - 10 Day Barbados - Ft Lauderdale)
Carnival Destiny (6/9/11 - 4 night Mexico)
Oasis of the Seas (12/24/11 - Western)
Silver Wind (9/24/12 - Athens to Venice)
Carnival Victory (12/9/12 - Eastern Caribbean)
Norwegian Perl (2/17/13 - Western Caribbean)
Jewel of the Seas (9/14/13 - Eastern Caribbean)
Adventure of the Seas (11/4/13 - West Transatlantic)
Pullmantur Monarch (3/24/14 - Aruba/Aruba) Review:
Pullmantur Monarch (9/15/14 - Aruba - the no a/c cruise)
Pullmantur Monarch (3/2/15 - Aruba)
Carnival Ecstasy (9/25/15)
Silver Wind (12/11/15)
Adventure of the Seas (9/2/17 - Aruba): Escape Irma

Toronto, Canada Eh!
912 Posts
Joined Jan 2004
For the most part I don't need TV while I am cruising, but it would be nice to have CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation).

One channel out of forty (2.5% of the bandwidth) shouldn't be a problem as I would bet that on most cruises Canadians represent far in excess of 2.5% of the cruise passengers.

My Canadian two cents.

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On Deck: Feb '18 Azamara Quest (B2B Mexico and Panama Canal), Sept '18 Prinsendam (B2B Amsterdam-Rome)
Past cruises: Crown Dynasty '94 EC, Crown Jewel '95 WC, Statendam '96 SC, Ryndam '97 SC, Statendam '98 SC, Splendor of the Seas '99 E&WC, Sun Princess '01 Panama, Westerdam '02 EC, Statendam '03 MR, Zenith '04 WC, Sun Princess '05 SC, Bluenose II '05, Volendam '06 SC, Caribbean Princess '06 EC, Constellation '07 SC, Azamara Journey '07 Bermuda, Azamara Quest '08 SC, Peru (Machu Picchu) '09, Statendam Alaska Cruisetour '09, Xpedition Galapagos '10, Constellation '11, Eurodam '11 Baltic and Transatlantic, '12 Zuiderdam to the Canal, '12 Nieuw Amsterdam E. Mediterranean,'13 Nieuw Amsterdam Caribbean B2B, '13 Equinox W. Mediterranean, '14 Noordam SC, '15 Ryndam SC&WC, '15 Prinsendam, North Cape and Spitsbergen, '16 Oosterdam B2B Caribbean, '17 Rotterdam Caribbean, June '17 Scenic Pearl (Amsterdam-Budapest + Prague)
41 Posts
Joined Jan 2007
ABC so i can watch General Hospital and other prime time shows.

Fox for prime time 24, House, Bones, and American Idol
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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.
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Future Cruises:
Celebrity Reflection - Caribbean - January 2nd, 2018
Symphony of the Seas - Mediterranean - May 27th, 2018

Past Cruises:
Celebrity Summit - 5 Night Key West & Bahamas - January 16th, 2017
Celebrity Summit - 7 Night Southern Caribbean - January 16th, 2016
Independence of the Seas - 8 Night Eastern Caribbean - January 17th, 2015
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
Weeki Wachee, FL
8,382 Posts
Joined Dec 2000
Espn and the Golf Channel. Also have a DVR so we could record what we want during the day and watch it when we can't sleep at night.

American ESPN, can't stand soccer on all day every day. No flames from the soccer fans, just my opinion.
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