I know you cannot use your cell on the ship, but can you use it on excursions? what extra charges would that be?
You would have to contact your cell phone provider that question. I know that TMobile is changeing the rates to 20 cents a minute at the end of October 2013. Some rates are as high as $2.99 a minute. Ask your provider....
Thanks for bringing this up - for some reason my wife and I thought we remembered texting each other on our last cruise - must be getting old - or maybe it was too many pina coladas! (;
I have seen lots of teens texting on the ship and wondered how much that cost. So you can text on the ship.
Thanks for the update - so I'm not losing it after all!
How can you text with no service????
I don't know but I have a feeling some parents were not happy when bill came in. I did find this link on the Carnival Funville page that might help.
Using cell phone data while on a cruise ship can get very expensive very quickly. Verizon charges $25 per 100 MB. Consider there are 1000 MB in a GB, and you can see that the charges will ramp up quickly. It's ok to unplug and leave the cell phone in behind, you'll survive without it.
On iPhones you can text over wifi. Maybe some cruise ships have wifi? I don't think NCL does, just an internet cafe.
Here is our total rundown of how to best use your cell phone while at sea: http://cruiseline.com/bonvoyage/cruising-101/q-a/how-to-use-your-cellphone-on-a-cruise-ship
And also, what lines offer Wi-Fi and where onboard: http://cruiseline.com/bonvoyage/cruising-101/cheat-sheet/what-is-the-cost-of-internet-access-on-cruise-ships-
We turned off mobile data, roaming, and put our phones in "airplane mode" during our 7 day cruise aboard the Epic. We did turn on WiFi and installed the NCL iConcierge app which for a one time fee of $7.95 you can make calls and text others who also have the app installed. Cheaper and more efficient than walkie talkies, plus the app lists all the activities going on plus a map of the ship.