Does anyone know if they will let you bring a GPS on a cruise ship to be used when you arrive at a port of call?
I just got off a cruise. Every day at noon the captain's report would mention "for those with GPS units who want to confirm our position..." and then he would give the coordinates.
The only things not permitted to be brought on were weapons and booze. Liquor purchases were confiscated and returned at the end of the trip. You have to walk through a metal detector and have bags scanned by X-ray.
I didn't bring my GPS because it was just one more thing to worry about. I now regret it because I didn't realize that the nuvi 650 had street maps for San Juan and the US Virgin Islands. I didn't really need them since I didn't go driving.
BTW: The Princess ship we were on had an in-room TV channel that continuously shows current information about the ship's location, heading, and speed (in knots). I expect other lines do the same. If I had the GPS it would have been fun to confirm the data plus see the speed in mph.
I used my iPAQ rx5915 (Tom Tom 6) on our recent cruise to Alaska both at sea and ashore. Used it in Sakgway to show the route to Whitehorse (only one road so it was not real benefit)
The maps showed the channels and islands (including roads) when we were in the inside passage.
I am going to take a cruise out of China. With the 660 stock maps, what am I going to see, a blank screen, or a dot moving around?
its a lot of panning to get all the way over there
my guess : just a dot... no evidence at all though for you....
Nothing unless you can get a China map.
Thanks for the info..
Is it possible to get a map that will only link China, Korea, and the Japan area? Maybe a dumb question, but if you don't ask, you'll never know.
And they are compatible with a Nuvi 660. The pacific region lists on Garmin's web site for $216.65
It would be good if Garmin, or someone rented this type of map for like a 30 day period. I would be willing to pay up to $50 for that length of time. Those traveling in general would only need them for a one time use. $216. bucks is a little steep to never use it again. I think they could be copy protected in some way. It would be nice to have access to something like that.
No problem using it on the cruise ship or in port.
Go to Avis or Budget and rent one.
If you are going to use a GPS like the one used in a car, you wont get beyond anything other than a blue screen and a dot on the screen.
I didn't know what I would pick up. Mainly I just wanted to track the ship from mainland to mainland. Just something to toy with and pass the time. The maps of China and Japan only show the main road system. It's not broken down to cities yet....not on the Garmin's maps that I can find.
"Pass the time"... Wow cruise ships must have changed since we took our cruises (3). Didn't have to worry about passing the time, we were to busy doing so many things, we barely had time to sleep. Have fun! Enjoy!
Benson, it's pretty much evident that you haven't been on a over 55+ cruise ship. They give us the afternoon's off while underway except for the Art Auctions, and Bingo. The last cruise I was on I saw 1 child, and she was BORED.
Bob, then you'll actually be on a SLOW BOAT FROM CHINA!?
NOW THAT'S FUNNY!!!
I have a Garmin eTrex Legend and I've "tracked" our ships movements for our last 4 cruises. It's interesting to get back home and put it on the map to see the route, especially the 30 miles between Cancun and Cozumel that takes all night. I saw several other folks doing the same thing. I never heard a word that using GPS on a ship was prohibited.
On our last cruise, Alaska, I used my GPS to go Geocaching in all the ports. Had a great time and met fellow Geocachers along the way.
I also have a Garmin C340 that I used to navigate us around town pre and post sailing and brought that onboard also.
... used gps on deck on a couple of ships.
We are heading off to an Alaska cruise next week and I will be bringing our Nuvi. I am looking forward to the trip.
while in the mainland US, I never leave home without the NUVI GPS. Especially on a cruise I don't want to be without a GPS, I bring the hand held GPSMap 76. You don't want to be stranded like Robinson Crusoe.
I plotted all the nearby islands/ports for waypoints just in case.
The handheld type GPS is more practical than the Nuvi or dashmount GPS when you are in the ocean or in other places when not require a map and driving direction/routes or in other case where you GPS don't have a map to that country. The handheld type GPS, it has arrows showing you the direction or bearing for you to get to your waypoint. You just use mapsource to plot all your waypoints before the trip and upload it to the GPS. It will also show the track log.
Here is a good one to get for around $100 or less and it is even waterproof and WAAS enabled.
I carry my Geko 201 and waypoint the ship. It make's it much easier to find my way back.
I also mark interesting points we may see on the horizon.
(geko doesn't have a mapping function)
The last time I went on a cruise GPS wasn't that common as it is today, me and my family only had our phones. The best thing to do is just make a call at the customer service of your cruise liner. As you probably already know, there are different rules on different cruise liners.
Check the POI for Seattle if you have free time.
I wonder if you need to buy marine maps if you want to use it during a curise?
Only if you are worried about the captain's navigation. There are GPS marine charts that are very detailed, at least in coastal areas.
There's no reason not to it's just a GPS and even cell phones have them built in now. It kinda of sucks they take away liquor for the trip and make you buy it on board the ship. I was just on a Norwegian cruise http://www.cruisevacationcenter.com/norwegian_cruise_line.ht... line and spent quite a bit while at port.
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