Need to phone home !!

Hello, I’m new to the site, and hope you can help.

Sailing to Caribbean at beginning of November on 2 back to back cruises on Adventure of the Sea, 14 days. I have elderly family and need to ring a couple of times a week. Spoke to my mobile provider O2 who advises I could buy a bolt on for £4.99 day, but would still incur charges from Royal Caribbean which could be hefty. Considering buying a pay as you go SIM card, so I won’t receive a huge bill when I get home..... appreciate any ideas ?? Thanks S

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I don't want to be rude but when I see this type of question my answer always is: If things are that urgent with your family members you might want to think about staying home and tending to your family. There are options but they won't necessarily be to your liking and if something does happen with your family you probably won't be able to get home right away. They aren't sending a helicopter or boat to take you off the ship and the next port may not have an airport with direct flights or flights that are full until a few days out.

So once again, not being rude, just saying if it's urgent enough and you can't find someone to help your family when your gone, might want to think about postponing. IMO, family is more important than doing a cruise.

Welcome t the forum, Susiesue.

If possible, phoning from the ports would only incur a roaming charge from your carrier.

If you use the phone at sea, however, you would be using the ship's satellite, which is expensive.

If you must contact home while at sea, I would suggest email or Facebook -- the charge for internet is not as bad.

If it is a true emergency, you can always call from the ship's phone in your cabin (also expensive).

I call my 17 year old son from the phone in the cabin. It is about $2.00 per minute but it doesn't take very long to figure out he Is alive and well, and the house is still standing. I figure an extra $10.00 or so on my sign and sail card doesn't bother me considering the piece of mind I get.

This was going to be my recommendation. However, since Susiesue put the amount in pounds, I'm not sure if the rate is the same as to the USA.

Susuiesue, I am not familiar with the cost on Royal Caribbean, but if it is $2/min this might be your best avenue. Also like the idea of e-mail and most cruise lines have packages the range from reasonable (but slow) to expensive. I would call RCL and ask about their internet packages and phone rates.

Welcome to the forum. I would also recommend calling from the room because it is a lot cheaper, and you will know how much it costs, instead of a surprisingly high cell bill when you get home.

i also agree with JCOAKML, and do not wish to sound rude or judgemental, but if you are as concerned about your family as it seems, perhaps a cruise at another time would be something to consider. If you call and your family is not doing well, getting off at a port and finding your way back home could be extremely costly.

Cruises are awesome, and a great way to relax, and not have a care or worry in the world. It would be sad if yours was marred by worrying about family thousands of miles away.

Just wanted to say thanks to BDRebel & Scottasp for your helpful and relevant reply to my question. Much appreciated

If I am not mistaken, some I-Pads have an app called facetime. I've seen it at work with a customer or two. They use an internet connection so it works using the same amount of band usage as an e-mail. Just sayin... maybe that will work.

Once again I wasn't trying to offend or be rude. Just giving my opinion. Hope things work out well for you and your family.

Just wanted to add...

Having elderly relatives doesn’t mean they are ill or dying.

They just need reassurance and to know someone who loves and cares for them

will ring to say hello while away on holiday!!

I totally understand. My Dad was very ill for 6 years before he passed. We did continue to cruise in spite of my siblings thinking we were unfeeling. We bought travel insurance, just in case and it did apply as he died 4 hours before our flight to a cruise.


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