Internet on the Cruise & Shipmate question

Going on a Carnival cruise in January 2019. I saw the Ship Mate App and ways to look up what is going on, on the ship while you are there. How do you use that on the ship if you don't purchase the internet package and if you are on Airplane Mode? Also, I can't decide if I want to purchase the Internet. Seems so high. When you go to the areas with computers, can you answer your email for free on those computers or check the internet?

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9 Answers

The maps on Shipmate app are written to your phone - you should be able to view them on airplane mode (note that with the updated version, you may need to download them first within the app. Test it now - turn your phone to airplane mode and see what you can view).

At least Carnival and Princess (not sure about other lines) allow you to access the ship's intranet free of charge -- it will allow you to view the maps and the newsletter (events calendar) as well as the menu. The app (actually just the ship's webpage) is free to access. It also offers more features with which I am unfamiliar.

On Carnival ships I really enjoy using their HUB app. Its a free download from the Google play store, has a countdown similar to the Shipmate app prior to boarding. Once on-board, you can pay 5.00, and text anyone who has the app while aboard, and still leave your phone in airplane mode if you wish. The 5.00 will be charged to your shipboard account. It also has all the daily events, with reminders for your favorite picks, daily menus, and updates such as bad weather and changes in itinerary. Love it, a truly useful tool while on board. One more thing, you can check your daily sign and sale account balance with the app.

Good Cruising!


The only time we use our phones are on excursions for photos. It is vacation time and we do not care to keep in touch of the real world.

With NCL they have their own Concierge app which allows you to see everything going on on the ship, your account, and allows you to book or change reservations for shows or restaurants as well as check with how busy the restaurants are at that time. Combine that with the Shipmate app and download the maps to your phone and you have complete access to everything on the ship at no charge.

Thanks everyone for the replies. Can't wait!

Wish i were were more tech savvy to be able to use these apps.

I have worked in the tech industry for over 20 years and that previous post to a 1 year old post makes little to no sense to me at all

I am not tech savvy, that post made me say, “huh?”.

Makes no sense because the post from pase1994 is SPAM

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