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Hello there! We are heading out on our first ever cruise next Saturday on the Conquest leaving out if Miami. We are now crossing T’s and dotting i’s before leaving. My boyfriend is a semi-insomniac, and likes to stay up playing video games some nights when he can’t sleep. I’ve heard different stories about using the stateroom TVs with outside technology. Some folks write that even though the ports on the TV are “disabled” that they still plug in, and using a universal remote that they brought along they are able to change the input to use the TV. However, the email I just got from Carnival says the TV ports are disabled. Has anyone had any luck using anything they’ve brought on the ship? I know there’s tons he might be able to do, but sometimes he’s a homebody and wants to stay in. A friend mentioned that the staterooms might have channels like History or something for him to watch as well (which is right up his alley lol).

Thank you in advance for your assistance! 🙂

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32 minutes ago, coevan said:

YouTube has some work arounds

Mind linking some, while you're at it?

@jmb5081, if Carnival emails you no, there is an overwhelming chance that you will not be able to play video games using the TV. However, consider bringing a laptop (if he has one) and playing on there. Better yet, check out some YouTube videos on how to possibly connect your console to your PC. If not, one last resort is mobile video games.

 

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41 minutes ago, coevan said:

YouTube has some work arounds

 

4 minutes ago, jbethel11 said:

Mind linking some, while you're at it?

@jmb5081, if Carnival emails you no, there is an overwhelming chance that you will not be able to play video games using the TV. However, consider bringing a laptop (if he has one) and playing on there. Better yet, check out some YouTube videos on how to possibly connect your console to your PC. If not, one last resort is mobile video games.

 

I think I’ve seen some of them already. I just wasn’t sure if anyone had tried it with success on this specific ship. I already told him to download shows on Netflix or Disney+ so that he wouldn’t need any kind of wifi to use it.

Regardless, I’m sure he’ll make it off the ship 7 days later even without his PlayStation lol.

Thank you! 😁

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3 minutes ago, jmb5081 said:

 

I think I’ve seen some of them already. I just wasn’t sure if anyone had tried it with success on this specific ship. I already told him to download shows on Netflix or Disney+ so that he wouldn’t need any kind of wifi to use it.

Regardless, I’m sure he’ll make it off the ship 7 days later even without his PlayStation lol.

Thank you! 😁

Besides, there are so many activities to do on a cruise ship that I couldn't imagine the need to play video games. I was tired every single night of my recent cruise, fell asleep early, and woke up early too!

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13 minutes ago, jbethel11 said:

Besides, there are so many activities to do on a cruise ship that I couldn't imagine the need to play video games. I was tired every single night of my recent cruise, fell asleep early, and woke up early too!

You’d think that would work right....but I’ve seen him stay up for 48 hours while running around in the summer sun, and even taking melatonin. He finally crashed, and slept for less than 4 hours before waking up again. Insomnia isn’t nice to him sometimes. I am hoping that all of the daytime activities we have to do will tire him out though. Me...I KNOW I’ll sleep like a baby each night. Lol

Thanks again. 

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We successfully hooked up a Nintendo Switch to my son's cabin TV aboard the Glory in 2018, via HDMI. We didn't take a universal remote, the TV had an Input button (touch controlled) on the TV itself. It didn't function at first, but using the workaround, I unplugged Carnival's data cable from the back (it looks like a telephone wire) and that allowed the Input button to work. You just have to be sure to plug that data cable back in if you want to watch Carnival's content and also to be nice for the next guests. I would doubt that they've changed out all of the TV's on every ship to ones with disabled ports. I've never seen a TV that allowed you to completely disable the ports, unless it's something specialized they can get. We never got an email back then. I don't know for sure, but when they say the ports are disabled, maybe that's just their way of saying you can't hook something up. But with the workaround, you can.

 

It's a gamble. You can take your console in hopes that the workaround works, but if it doesn't, you're stuck carrying a console you can't use.

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4 hours ago, jmb5081 said:

You’d think that would work right....but I’ve seen him stay up for 48 hours while running around in the summer sun, and even taking melatonin.

 

I'll just throw this out there since I just saw it on the news. I saw a doctor being interviewed on our local news the other day who was a sleep specialist. The news reporter brought up melatonin and the doctor said in a vast majority of cases, our bodies produce enough melatonin and there's absolutely no need to supplement it. He said melatonin is typically not the cause of the issues. He never mentioned if it could do any harm, just that it probably isn't helping. My wife used to take it now & again when she had trouble sleeping, but she said it never felt like it helped. That could be why...our bodies produce enough and it's usually not that.

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6 hours ago, Organized Chaos said:

We successfully hooked up a Nintendo Switch to my son's cabin TV aboard the Glory in 2018, via HDMI. We didn't take a universal remote, the TV had an Input button (touch controlled) on the TV itself. It didn't function at first, but using the workaround, I unplugged Carnival's data cable from the back (it looks like a telephone wire) and that allowed the Input button to work. You just have to be sure to plug that data cable back in if you want to watch Carnival's content and also to be nice for the next guests. I would doubt that they've changed out all of the TV's on every ship to ones with disabled ports. I've never seen a TV that allowed you to completely disable the ports, unless it's something specialized they can get. We never got an email back then. I don't know for sure, but when they say the ports are disabled, maybe that's just their way of saying you can't hook something up. But with the workaround, you can.

 

It's a gamble. You can take your console in hopes that the workaround works, but if it doesn't, you're stuck carrying a console you can't use.

Oh thank you! To correct my original statement, it wasn’t in the email they sent. It was on their website under things you can/cannot bring on board. It merely mentioned that it wouldn’t work, but I’ve heard numerous stories and seen online where people have done it. Just not on this specific ship. Thank you again!

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6 hours ago, Organized Chaos said:

 

I'll just throw this out there since I just saw it on the news. I saw a doctor being interviewed on our local news the other day who was a sleep specialist. The news reporter brought up melatonin and the doctor said in a vast majority of cases, our bodies produce enough melatonin and there's absolutely no need to supplement it. He said melatonin is typically not the cause of the issues. He never mentioned if it could do any harm, just that it probably isn't helping. My wife used to take it now & again when she had trouble sleeping, but she said it never felt like it helped. That could be why...our bodies produce enough and it's usually not that.

Thank you very much for this! It’s a very rare once in a blue moon occasion that he will bother taking it because it doesn’t usually work for him either. I have mentioned to him about other causes as well. I’m hoping maybe this year we can get a better idea of what it stems from. I don’t remember him being like this when we met all those years ago, but he says it’s been like this for him long before we met...at least since he was in his late teens. 🤷🏽‍♀️🤷🏽‍♀️🤷🏽‍♀️
Maybe the gentle rock of the boat will help 😊

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4 hours ago, jmb5081 said:

Oh thank you! To correct my original statement, it wasn’t in the email they sent. It was on their website under things you can/cannot bring on board. It merely mentioned that it wouldn’t work, but I’ve heard numerous stories and seen online where people have done it. Just not on this specific ship. Thank you again!

 

We'll be on the Horizon in a couple months and my son asked if he'd be able to take the switch and hook it to the TV again. Since his friend's going, he thought maybe they'd play it once in a while if they're bored. Compared to a PlayStation, a Switch is a lot more portable. Plus it has its own screen to play on if you can't dock it to a TV. So it isn't as much of a gamble as other consoles. At the very least, he'll get use out of it during our long drive there. There's no guarantees it'll work on the TV, but if he wants to carry it in his backpack, I'll probably let him.

 

I'm no doctor, but maybe your boyfriend would be better off not playing video games when experiencing insomnia. My son's 18 now, but over the years he's been gaming, one thing we've always noticed is that if he plays, he can stay up real late without feeling tired. But when he doesn't play, he'll fall asleep much earlier. I think all that brain stimulation from game play keeps him awake. I guess your boyfriend plays just to pass the time when he can't sleep, but maybe playing is exacerbating the insomnia. Then again, what do I know. LOL And yes, that gentle rocking is nice. Like rockin' a baby to sleep. ☺️

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8 minutes ago, Organized Chaos said:

 

We'll be on the Horizon in a couple months and my son asked if he'd be able to take the switch and hook it to the TV again. Since his friend's going, he thought maybe they'd play it once in a while if they're bored. Compared to a PlayStation, a Switch is a lot more portable. Plus it has its own screen to play on if you can't dock it to a TV. So it isn't as much of a gamble as other consoles. At the very least, he'll get use out of it during our long drive there. There's no guarantees it'll work on the TV, but if he wants to carry it in his backpack, I'll probably let him.

 

I'm no doctor, but maybe your boyfriend would be better off not playing video games when experiencing insomnia. My son's 18 now, but over the years he's been gaming, one thing we've always noticed is that if he plays, he can stay up real late without feeling tired. But when he doesn't play, he'll fall asleep much earlier. I think all that brain stimulation from game play keeps him awake. I guess your boyfriend plays just to pass the time when he can't sleep, but maybe playing is exacerbating the insomnia. Then again, what do I know. LOL And yes, that gentle rocking is nice. Like rockin' a baby to sleep. ☺️

You and I think alike for sure! I tell him that he needs to turn the TV and phone off to TRY to fall asleep. He insists his mind still races, but I know that even though his mind is still going a million miles a second that when he starts playing or being on his phone that’s not helping. I’m still waiting to see what he decides to do since I told him that there is a few potential workarounds, but as long as he enjoys his time on vacation that’s all I want. 😌

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Been bringing universal remotes for about 20 years on different cruiselines.  I have been successful about 98% of the time!

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33 minutes ago, jmb5081 said:

You and I think alike for sure! I tell him that he needs to turn the TV and phone off to TRY to fall asleep. He insists his mind still races, but I know that even though his mind is still going a million miles a second that when he starts playing or being on his phone that’s not helping. I’m still waiting to see what he decides to do since I told him that there is a few potential workarounds, but as long as he enjoys his time on vacation that’s all I want. 😌

 

I'm like that too sometimes. Unable to shut my brain off and all these thoughts going through my mind that I can't calm. It's aggravating, to say the least. A good example is the night before leaving for a cruise. I can't stop going over everything in my head. Did I pack this, did I pack that? What am I forgetting? Going over everything I need to do to the house to prepare for being gone. I know I won't be getting much sleep in those situations. Then I'll freak myself out enough that I get up to check a couple times to make sure I packed something.

 

You got it right, as long as he enjoys his vacation. Because there are those who will always respond to topics like this and lecture people to put the electronics away, you're on a cruise, disconnect, blah blah blah. To them I always say, you spend your vacation how you want, but let others do the same. Just remember, you have to enjoy your cruise, too. So tell him to get off those dang games once in a while and go have some fun with you! 😜

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16 hours ago, jbethel11 said:

Mind linking some, while you're at it?

@jmb5081, if Carnival emails you no, there is an overwhelming chance that you will not be able to play video games using the TV. However, consider bringing a laptop (if he has one) and playing on there. Better yet, check out some YouTube videos on how to possibly connect your console to your PC. If not, one last resort is mobile video games.

 

 

 

yes I do mind, people can do their own research

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1 hour ago, biomedbob said:

Been bringing universal remotes for about 20 years on different cruiselines.  I have been successful about 98% of the time!

Thank you! I had planned on doing this as well. 😁

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I work a lot from hotel rooms using a laptop and a spare 15" portable monitor that is HDMI and packs up fairly easily.  If you look on Amazon you could pick up one to take with you.  He could then set it up anywhere that has a plugin.

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14 minutes ago, Mallow said:

I work a lot from hotel rooms using a laptop and a spare 15" portable monitor that is HDMI and packs up fairly easily.  If you look on Amazon you could pick up one to take with you.  He could then set it up anywhere that has a plugin.

Thanks! I looked into an option like that as well as the GAEMS system here. Both seem like too much additional to bring with us. That’s why I had been hoping for a workaround with the existing hardware in the stateroom. I had seen a bunch of things online and on YouTube months ago, but wasn’t sure if anyone had actual success on this specific ship. But thank you for that! I may actually consider it once more before the end of this week. Or just tell him to kick rocks until we get off the boat 🤣🤣🤣 jk I’m not that mean. 😉

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