We get a lot of customers who contact us on a daily basis and are looking for radios to use on their upcoming cruise. One customer recently contacted me looking for an older Motorola Talkabout model, the T5620. This is a model that has been discontinued for some time and originally sold brand new for under $42 a pair. She mentioned that the cruise company was offering this outdated model as a rental to cruise goers. I asked her what the charge was, and she replied with $8.00 per day, per radio. She is going on a 15 day cruise. If my math is correct, that is $120 per radio, and she needs four of them, bringing the total to $480!! Sounds outrageous to me.
We have tested many different models of consumer two way radios on our annual cruises and we have found certain models work better than others. My personal favorite is the Midland GXT1000VP4. It gets me the coverage I need for my family and other cruise goers in my group. With a price of $69.99 per set, you will definitely come out better in the long run - and have something to show for it when the cruise is completed.
Needless to say, she was stoked by the fact that we could get her the four radios she needed for around $150!
When you are ready to take your next cruise, give us a shout. We will be glad to point you in the right direction.
To learn how important two way radios are to have on a cruise, listen to The Two Way Radio Show Podcast TWRS-19 - Cruising With Radios.