Larger cruise ships can have upward of 3,000 passengers, many who are also using two-way radios to communicate. To minimize cross-chatter, look for a two-way radio model that has more than 50 channels.
In addition to a large number of channels, many modern two-way radios offer a privacy channel, or sub-channel or code, to further individualize your channel. Each channel can be customized with a specific sub-channel, virtually guaranteeing your family a private place to talk.
Although radios with a range of 20 miles or more might sound appealing, radios with ranges this high might violate local laws when you are berthed. If you will be using your radios only on-board the ship, opt for radios with a much shorter ranges.
Like cell phones, many modern radios can be switched to a vibrate mode when you are in quiet situations. If you do stumble upon another family's channel, it is polite to quickly change the channel, rather than listening in or communicating with them.
Many larger cruise operators offer radio rental for use while on board the ship. This can be a more convenient option for many families but should be looked into before boarding, as not all ships offer this service.
Article Written By Brendan McGuigan
Situated on the beautiful Mendocino Coast in Northern California, Brendan McGuigan has been writing professionally since 2003. His articles have appeared in "Pology," "San Francisco Restaurant Review," 1001 Beautiful Sights and Visual Travel Tours. He studied linguistics and phonology at Goddard College.