I have searched the carnival site and cannot find anything on this so I'll aske the experts, you. My Mother is in ill health with COPD and a few weeks ago a light heart attack. She is freaking out that I will be gone for a week and not be available in case "something" happens. I have left my husband's cell phone number with my baby sister, who I trust not to call for the least thing, but the service is not the most reliable. So how else would my family be able to contact me in case something happens? This is more to put my Mother at ease since I have spoken to her doctor and she said that if she follows her directions she is fine so I have no qualms about going. Just trying to cover all the bases
From the carnival web site. It's not cheap, but it can be done.
Can I receive phone calls onboard?
Friends and family may call guests onboard via Maritime Telecommunications Network (MTN) Shore-to-Ship telephone service. The rate is $9.50 per minute from the United States; additional long distance charges may apply from outside the United States.
The caller needs to have available the ship name and the guest's name. The charges will be applied to the caller's credit card: MasterCard - Visa - American Express - The Discover Card - Diner's Club. 1-877 CCLSHIP (1-877-225-7447) from the U.S. 1-732-335-3284 from Canada and outside the U.S.
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Thanks I saw that but for some reason I spaced and was thinking that it was a number for us to call if we were delayed. Okay, I got cruise brain and that is a legitimate excuse for everything I do wrong this week. Think it will work????
also soon as you get your cruise docs, I recall that their are contact numbers in the docs - not sure if this is the same with E DOCS, but check. Those numbers are probably updated regularly. Those are the ones that I give to my family.
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There is a contact number for the ship in the brochure that comes with your tickets. However, If I felt that there could be an emergency at home, I would definately set up my cell service for international calling. Be sure to get all of the "fine print" info from your carrier about using it, because it can be expensive.
I have had only one occasion where someone from home had to contact the ship. In this particular case, my father-in-law passed away and we did not carry the cell phone, but had set up an internet account. Luckily I checked my e-mail regularly while on-board and got an urgent message to call home. We received the news of his death in the early afternoon after he died around 1:00 p.m.
At 2:00 a.m. the next morning, our cabin phone rang and the ship's operator apologized for the delay (12 hours) in getting an "Urgent" message to us to call home. I would never depend on the ship again to let me know of such a phone call. I just always set up my phone service for International calling before I leave and keep it on my phone for a couple of months until the calls from the foreign countries have cleared my bill.