Originally Posted by raggedyann6
I think that even if you are in a US port such as Key West and you make a cell phone call from the ship you still can incur roaming charges. I was told it picks up the ships satellite, you have to actually make the call off the ship to not incur roaming fees. I have never made a call from the ship and told friends and family I will have my phone off. If there is an emergency they have the number of the cruise line who then can contact me. Wow I feel sorry for the $1,000 texting bill, ouch!
We left four kids with my mom while we went to Alaska for a week. We called mostly from land but I remember calling at least once from the ship while we were in port. No extra charges from AT&T. Surprising, since they charge me extra to do anything else!
Disclaimer: I only called a few times and it was mostly to check on my mom and make sure the kids hadn't driven her nuts