Please tell about the cell phone charges while on a cruise. How do the rates work? We were thinking we wouldn't bring our phones because they wouldn't work or they would be outrageously charged.
I've got butterflies in my stomach now, we leave tomorrow for Galveston for our FIRST cruise on Sunday.
I've used my Verizon phone in St Maarten, but had to make a connection thru the local Caribbean cellular company. Think it was Eastern Caribbean Cellular. They charged me a daily fee, plus a per minute fee, plus I think a hook up fee. It's probably cheaper to buy a phone card and use a pay phone in town. Couldn't get the phone to work on the ship. And Sprint didn't work at all except in San Juan.
I will start this out by saying that I'm an AT&T Wireless employee. So I am biased, but I would use AT&T Wireless because the network between us and Cingular is hooked up now due to our pending acquistion by them. You should get pretty good coverage as long as you are close to the major islands. As far as the cost, it depends on your calling plan. If you call Customer Care with the company you are with they may be able to tell you, or find a plan that covers that area of the world.
ms Zuiderdam - May 2006
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I called Cingular before I left for the Bahamas and they advised me to buy a phone card at the ports! Roaming fees AND fees you pay the local provider are outrageous. You get zero coverage in the middle of the ocean, for obvious reasons.
I used my phone from the deck of the ship to say one final goodbye to my dh and then packed it away.
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I have Cingular and can get service with no roaming in San Juan and St. Thomas, but nothing in the Bahamas. I was told by someone though that you can get international service before you leave home, but I'm not sure about that.
Does anyone know anything about international service in the ports...I know there's nothing at sea unless you have a satellite phone. Dalech?? any info???