Purplepig
Contributor Level: Third Mate

Cell phones

I know you cannot use your cell on the ship, but can you use it on excursions? what extra charges would that be?

Tags: cell cell phone roaming

12 Answers

texassea
Contributor Level: Cruise Director

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....

funseekers
Contributor Level: Purser

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! (;

texassea
Contributor Level: Cruise Director

Surprised I have seen lots of teens texting on the ship and wondered how much that cost. So you can text on the ship.

funseekers
Contributor Level: Purser

Thanks for the update - so I'm not losing it after all!

Purplepig
Contributor Level: Third Mate

How can you text with no service????

texassea
Contributor Level: Cruise Director

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.

 

http://www.carnival.com/Funville/forums/p/119452/613961.aspx

Surferlou
Contributor Level: Cruise Director

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. 

coal189
Contributor Level: Second Mate

On iPhones you can text over wifi. Maybe some cruise ships have wifi? I don't think NCL does, just an internet cafe.

TaraBonVoyage
Contributor Level: Cruise Director

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-

Surferlou
Contributor Level: Cruise Director

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.

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