I have used GMRS walkies on past cruises, but as the ships have become larger I have had to get walkies with greater range. Now, I can find only one walkie of the best pair that I have, so I am going to have to get another pair. I am considering eXRS, because of they offer less interference. However, I am concerned that they may not have the range of a high-end GMRS walkie, on a large cruise ship.
We typically get a suite, high up, facing aft. That means that we often need to communicate the full length of the ship and maybe even several decks down, at the same time. To us, RANGE is much more important than privacy or lack of interference.
I know that the range claims of manufacturers are hugely exaggerated. However, I do know that a GMRS walkie that claims 20 miles or so, will do the job, albeit with the possibility of lots of interference, what with more and more people using those walkies.
The eXRS walkies "claim" up to 30 mile range. However, since they operate on a different frequency range, you can't even use that as a comparison with the GMRS range claims. They might work better or worse, through steel. If I can get an eXRS walkie that will do as well, on board a large cruise ship, as the last GMRS walkies that I had, then I will opt for that one. But, if an eXRS walkie can't communicate from the aft top deck bar, all the way to the forward main theater, then they won't work for us.
BTW, since the only place that I ever use these walkies is on a cruise ship, I don't care about licensing requirements. Once you are at sea, the licensing requirements mean nothing.
Does anyone have any hands-on experience with eXRS walkies on large cruise ships? Better yet, does anyone have any practical experience using BOTH eXRS and GMRS walkies on large cruise ships and can provide a real-life comparison?
Sovereign of the Seas (Inaugural Jan 1988)
Sun Viking (1990)
(1 totally forgettable Costa cruise - 1998)
Rhapsody of the Seas (2004)
Galaxy (Aug 2005)
Brilliance of the Seas (Nov 2007)
Solstice (Nov 2008)