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wait. does this mean i cant use my walmart bought walkie talkies to talk to our group on the boat??? how do i know if its a "higher powered" walkie talkie?:confused:

 

I have never heard of ANYONE getting in trouble for using a radio on a cruise ship so unless the cruise staff fusses at you then you should not have any problems. So don't sweat it!

 

In a port in a foreign country though no one will probably mess with you while using them on the ship, however I would not use them in any port (say on an excursion) that was not US territory (Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, Key West) because that could get you in trouble. I think that use in Canada is OK. Mexico requires that it be a type approved for use in Mexico.

 

Here are a few articles about the subject:

http://www.qsl.net/wd9ewk/xe-frs.html

http://www.offroaders.com/tech/Family-Radio-Service.htm

http://wapedia.mobi/en/Family_Radio_Service#2.

 

Here are some wikipedia articles on FRS/GMRS Radios: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Family_Radio_Service

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Mobile_Radio_Service

 

To answer your question, a FRS radio has 14 Channels and if your radio has 22 Channels it is a GMRS/FRS hybrid that requires a license if you plan on using those GMRS frequencies!

 

Here is a page to link you to the FCC page:

http://wireless.fcc.gov/services/index.htm?job=service_home&id=general_mobile

 

It is better to be safe than sorry and I just don't want folks to go on a relaxing cruise and find out you were violating some law you had no idea existed.

 

Do your own research and most of all have a wonderful vacation! I was just mentioning this to educate not to scare anyone...

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I have never heard of ANYONE getting in trouble for using a radio on a cruise ship so unless the cruise staff fusses at you then you should not have any problems. So don't sweat it!

...

 

Do your own research and most of all have a wonderful vacation! I was just mentioning this to educate not to scare anyone...

 

thanks for the update *big sigh* :D

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Hi Everyone!

I am already subscribed to this thread but I did want to say thanks to all for the wonderful tips and tricks I have learned. I cant wait to try them in 15 days. Also back a little ways someone mentioned about letting the wheelchairs on the elevator with ease...I wouldn't dream of not giving them my spot. wow how rude people couldbe not to consider what wheelchair bound people go through on a daily basis. I'm going to stick with my original thoughts that "most" people are kind enough to do that in this world.

Again thats to all who gave a trick or tip. If I ever find one that isn't widely known yet I will definitely post it here. :-)

Happy sailin everyone :-)

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I love a $2 bill and actually keep one in my wallet. I was going to bring the $2 for tips but read the same thing so I didnt. maybe I will for the next cruise

 

Anyone tip with the new presidential (or sacagawea [sp?]) dollars?

 

I love the dollar coins but they are not as easy to use. A lot easier to toss a handful of those in a pocket instead of a wad of bills that can fall out of your pocket everytime you reach in to get something. (Of course, you Canadians figured that out a long time ago). And from a bigger view, the lifetime of a coin is something like 10 or 20 times that of paper money making them more economical to produce and circulate. (Of course, you Canadians figured that out a long time ago.)

 

The tooth fairly leaves them at my house but even then, one child was disappointed that the tooth fairy didn't leave him the dollar that he wanted (until it was explained that it *WAS* a dollar that was a coin). Then he thought it was better than just a plain old dollar.

 

hb5

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Anyone tip with the new presidential (or sacagawea [sp?]) dollars?

 

I love the dollar coins but they are not as easy to use. A lot easier to toss a handful of those in a pocket instead of a wad of bills that can fall out of your pocket everytime you reach in to get something. (Of course, you Canadians figured that out a long time ago). And from a bigger view, the lifetime of a coin is something like 10 or 20 times that of paper money making them more economical to produce and circulate. (Of course, you Canadians figured that out a long time ago.)

 

The tooth fairly leaves them at my house but even then, one child was disappointed that the tooth fairy didn't leave him the dollar that he wanted (until it was explained that it *WAS* a dollar that was a coin). Then he thought it was better than just a plain old dollar.

 

hb5

 

Crew members almost NEVER get to spend US money on US soil. Dollar coins and $2.00 bills are NOT so useful outside the US. [barely any use here] Merchants in foreign lands are reluctant to take the coins or deuces.

Plain old US Dollars work best, no need for our own egos being poked in the mix.

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Anyone tip with the new presidential (or sacagawea [sp?]) dollars?

 

I love the dollar coins but they are not as easy to use. A lot easier to toss a handful of those in a pocket instead of a wad of bills that can fall out of your pocket everytime you reach in to get something.

 

Now I know why I see those blokes wearing their pants so low as to reveal their undies. They've been tipped with Sacagawea coins. :eek:

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Now I know why I see those blokes wearing their pants so low as to reveal their undies. They've been tipped with Sacagawea coins. :eek:

 

hee hee :D

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In the casino, they'll give you a lanyard, as well as punch a hole in your S&S card for you.

 

Why would they punch a hole in your S&S card? :confused:

 

So you can put it on a lanyard and then pick your kids up at Camp Carnival. So I don't lose it every where I go :D

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Ok I have finally read all 133 pages of this, wow!!

 

First off, on the military discounts, I found out today from my PVP that the early bird saver or whatever they call it is actually a better deal than the military discount. Since it's already heavily discounted they wont add the military discount on top of it. Fair enough since we got a 7 day ocean view on the Splendor for just over $400pp.

 

I found out that some hotels that are close to ports will offer discounts to Carnival passengers if they fly in the night before and need a place to stay. They don't advertise this so you have to call the hotel directly and ask. I know for a fact the Hilton Long Beach in southern Cali offers it, but when we called today they were already sold out of the rooms so it seems to be a limited type deal.

 

Those that have kids that use Camp Carnival, don't forget to tip the staff! They are not included in the $10/day mandatory tips.

What is a recommended tip for the camp carnival staff?

thanks!

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What is a recommended tip for the camp carnival staff?

thanks!

 

Depends on ho much you used them, how good they were, etc.

 

Many years ago when I had 2 in at the same time I think I tipped around $50 for the group... but I had just won at the tables!

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a daily newspaper distributed free at the fancy coffee bar on the promenade. It's off a satellite feed, about 8 pages with no pictures with an assortment of fairly up to date date news stories. noticed this on the dream Jan 2-9, 2010.

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Wow, with so many tips and messages, and well over 100 pages, it's possible I may have missed someone else post this:

 

But one thing we wish we would have liked to have known sooner, and our table mates on our last cruise didn't find this out until their second night on the ship as well...

 

Don't rush through dinner. On our first cruise, we didn't have table companions, and we rushed through dinner. We didn't find out that they had entertainment in the dining room after dinner until our second or third night on the cruise, when our dinner was slowed down by the wait staff a little bit. On our last cruise, we didn't do the dining room the first night, and our table companions did the same thing we did--rush through dinner and left before the after dinner entertainment.

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LOL I love mashed potatoes, and on Carnival, I can get them every night on dinner, even if they're not on the menu. so always ask your waiter for what you want---

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a daily newspaper distributed free at the fancy coffee bar on the promenade. It's off a satellite feed, about 8 pages with no pictures with an assortment of fairly up to date date news stories. noticed this on the dream Jan 2-9, 2010.

 

 

I noticed it also at the coffee bar on our cruise on the Triumph Jan 4-9th. Another tip for those of you who love the chocolate covered strawberries, it costs more to purchase the strawberries at formalities and have them sent to your room at a specific time than it does if you just go to the coffee/cake bar and purchase them yourself. Your receive them right then on covered plate so that you can take them back to your room. They are delicious:D

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You can get free sea-motion medication at the information desk. If you as at the beginning of the cruise, they will give you enough for the week. Apparently, it is a bi stronger than the OTC meds.

 

I read that someone mentioned the fridge in the cabin. it's not a fridge, but an ice box type of thing. If you want to keep things cool, get a bucket of ice from down the hallway or the steward will get it for you.

 

The rolls of 'Inch of gold...and silver' will tarnish on you. It is good for costume jewelery, but mine tarnished about 1 1/2 months of continuous wearing. It is warranteed...you can exchange it on your next cruise. Ha! They gotcha!

 

The Soda card isn't worth it in my opinion. It was a lot of money and we never drank near enough pop to cover the charge of it. We drank free ice tea, orange jiuce(in the morning only), tea, coffee, ice water, fruit juice through out the day from the buffet lines. The ice tea, fruit juices are just that. You might want to add a little splenda in it, which is beside the dispensers.

 

The beer is cheaper to buy by the ice buckets. Also, the aluminum cans of bottled beer is about 1 1/2 size larger than the average bottle of beer. So, the deal is even better. lol

 

The library is only open about 1 hour each day, so get a book early to have a good read. Although I'm not sure of how many books are actually in the libary, as it is a very small room.

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Near the end of the cruise on Liberty there was a dessert buffet with tons of chocolate things. One day only for a few certain hours. Be sure to be prepared to wait in a long line.

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# 1 THE AC CONTROL!!! I had a tip from a friend before the first of my 3 cruises.....On the Fascinaiton and the Sensation....the dial control is ON THE CEILING. We had to stand on a bed to reach and adjust it. LOOK UP...or you may freeze.

 

# 2 Bring a light sweater..being a Floridian, I've learned to ALWAYS expect cold ac in dining rooms and theaters.

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The library is only open about 1 hour each day, so get a book early to have a good read. Although I'm not sure of how many books are actually in the libary, as it is a very small room.

 

I have wondered about the "Library" on the Ecstasy. The Book is locked behind glass doors.

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a daily newspaper distributed free at the fancy coffee bar on the promenade. It's off a satellite feed, about 8 pages with no pictures with an assortment of fairly up to date date news stories. noticed this on the dream Jan 2-9, 2010.

 

Sometimes they have crossword puzzles there too.

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On the Conquest there is Sur Mer a seafood place upstairs in the buffet area. They cook the food fresh to order. The hours are limited. If you go the first day it will not be crowded. People do not realize it is there but later in the cruise they will discover it.

 

There's one on Glory also but I never did find it. Even crew didn't know where it was.

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The bug got me....I had read earlier today about a bug on the screen and didn't think much of it. After a while and several more posts, the bug got me...LOL I had to share it with my daughter. Now, I have to clean my screen. There are so many finger prints all over it.

I can think of a thousand other things that would be more useful on a cruise than a flashlight. If I were going to take a flashlight, I'd need 4 suitcases for everything else.

 

I'm more of a light packer.

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Not trying to be a stick in the mud on the FRS-GMRS radios, but the higher power ones (any GMRS capable ones)do actually require a license ($75-85 for 5 years) and are good for use in the United States and its Territories (aka Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, etc) but not other countries where the FCC has no jurisdiction. IOW depending on the country, you may be operating an illegal radio. I am sure it gets overlooked, but the possibility of getting into trouble remains. So use on shore excursions or in port at your own risk...

 

Also technically since the ships are not US flagged they could be considered illegal... however I have yet to hear anyone get in trouble for this...

 

Like I said I personally don't care if anyone uses 2 way radios or not on a cruise, I just want folks to be aware that there is a gray and a black and white area in using these do so at your own risk.

 

I usually carry my ham radio with me (walkie talkie sized) and I have to be licensed in each country that we visit (as well as the country the ship is flagged in) as well as receive permission from the captain. I am also subject to the rules of those countries if I operate my radio in a way that violates their laws, but it is pretty cool to talk to the locals while in port :)

 

Just sayin...

 

Hi Zack,

 

I just showed this to my husband who is a ham radio operator and has always wanted to bring his onboard to 'play' with! He was very interested in finding out how you were able to use yours! Is there any way he can contact you (email?) or if you prefer you can post here on how you got the required permissions etc?

 

Any info greatly appreciated!

 

Thanks!

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I found a lot of interesting information on this website http://www.bookccl.com/irman/bookccl/sections/embarkation%20info.html

 

I thought you may like to know that ham radios are NOT permitted on board.

Ham Radios

Due to security reasons and the possible interference with the ship's communications, ham radios are not permitted on board.

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I thought you may like to know that ham radios are NOT permitted on board.

Ham Radios

Due to security reasons and the possible interference with the ship's communications, ham radios are not permitted on board.

 

 

That's what we understood but the poster I was responding to seems to somehow have gotten permission to bring one onboard? Really wondering how and if that is possible? (my dh would love to know!)

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What about walkie talkies? Are they permitted?

 

 

I want to say they are because I think I remember seeing some where that you can actually rent walkie talkies onboard.

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I want to say they are because I think I remember seeing some where that you can actually rent walkie talkies onboard.

 

I'm not sure about renting, but I've seen them for sale in the gift shops.

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I finally made it through this whole thread. I think I have been trying since 2005 and never have gotten through it all! Thanks for all the tips. My only tip is you really don't need to pack all the outfits you think...I never wore half of what I took the first cruise and cut way back for the second and still had unworn clothes at the end. Have a great cruise!!! :D

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At the Captains cocktail party (and after your second cruise, at the past guest party), avoid what the waitresses are carting around drink wise, and order directly from the bar.

 

All drinks are free.

 

 

Can you go to the past guest party even if you are a first timer? Do they check it somehow if u have been there before?

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Thanks for all the great tips (although, to be honest, I started somewhere in the middle when I realized how old some of them were)!

 

Good information never goes out of style.

Edited by Traveler353

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Can you go to the past guest party even if you are a first timer? Do they check it somehow if u have been there before?

 

Invitations are given out to actual past guest. Yes they know who is a past guest.

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I bought the book Cruise Confidential and loved it. I couldn't put it down. Will definitely look at waite staff differently now.

Edited by emh1976

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Marks tips:

  • Bring Coozies for drinks
  • Stash booze in luggage BEFORE the trip (in liter soda bottles so they won’t break)
  • Smuggled booze in wheelchair in soda jugs at a port once
  • Bring alcohols that mix well with fruit juice (available all day)
  • Bring water gun squirt tubes (2+) for kiddies (instant life of the party)
  • We always bring our own snorkel gear, no renting and fits perfect (find cash in swimming pools too!)
  • Small carry bag on board if you want to jump in the pool immediately (not always full of water but spas usually are)
  • Extra camera memory
  • No more ship bought excursions (cattle calls)
  • Bring my own tux
  • Tip a little more than the “mandatory" amount (they work hard)
  • Tip for room service
  • Cash out ALL your casino chips before the last night
  • Buckets of beer (cheapest route for that)
  • Bring walkie-talkies (me=casino, her=lounge chair, kids = everywhere)
  • Casino users - register your account in the casino for freebies
  • I stick the lifejacket whistle up my butt, go ahead and blow it (lol)
  • If adjoining balcony cabin has friends or family they can usually open the divider door on the balcony
  • There are coin washer and dryers available

The minute you start your vacation, before you even get to the cruise port, slow down and relax, everything will be great. The sooner you de-stress the better. Everyone is important. Noone is getting more than you. Make as many friends as you can, it will make all the difference.

See ya on the water.

:)

Edited by ooomwizard

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Friend thing- true

Whistle thing - :eek:

and what mixes best with fruit juice... rum/ vodka/ gin???

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