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venice November 11th, 2013 04:50 AM

Disconnect While At Sea!!!!
Just return late Sunday from my full charter Smooth Jazz SuperCruise on the Carnival Freedom 8 day to Aruba, Curaco, Dominican Republic and Half. Moon Cay...everything was incredible and the weather & music was great
Unless you have a loved one that is ill or a family emergency, very small children or elderly parents, I could never understand why when on a cruise on full days at sea, wasting 3-4 hours in the internet cafe with very slow and expensive charges to check your email or check in at work to see what's going on
I learned a long time ago, when on a cruise vacation, to enjoy the fact I was disconnect from the stresses of everyday job/life challenges...key folks knew how to contact the ship in case of emergency..there is nothing so important at work that it cannot wait until your return
When we were in port in Curacao, there was a long line at Starbucks for the free wifi instead of enjoying the incredible port of call...we had 6 channels devoted to Jazz on our tv in the cabin, so I never watched the was great
Are you the tyoe that totally disconnects on your cruise or do you stay connected daily.

Manuel November 11th, 2013 07:14 AM


Originally Posted by venice (Post 1488938)

Are you the tyoe that totally disconnects on your cruise or do you stay connected daily.

I stay in touch with my son because I need to know how my Mother is doing.

I call him everyday, but keep the phone call to less than three minutes. Since I get free minutes on Royal or Celebrity I do check a few things on the computer.
We do have fun on our cruises but I don't tune out the world while cruising.


green_rd November 11th, 2013 09:45 AM

Twice we cruised mid semester while I was teaching an online class. Had to check e-mail daily on those cruises.. Otherwise I am in communicato.

skymaster November 11th, 2013 10:44 AM

As a retired computer engineer, I learned a LONG time ago that cruises were meant to be a "get away" from technology, and NEWS! The only exception to this rule is when I cruise solo, (very rarely) I'll check in with the lovely Mrs. Jones (Vita) to make sure that everything is O.K. on the home front, and even then, it's ONCE during a seven day cruise. The first thing I do upon embarkation is lock the cell phone in the safe. :cool:


Aerogirl November 11th, 2013 10:46 AM

When my son was little I called everyday but only stayed on for a minute or two, now that he's 17 I will call home probably twice total.
I agree, when I read people asking about the cost of the Internet, I think why do you want to be messing with that, your on vacation at sea.

On the other hand I can see how some might have something pressing going on at home and need to stay connected ....for me no way!

Mike M November 11th, 2013 11:04 AM

What's right for one person may not be right for another. Many people do have jobs that require a periodic check-in and/or not being able to check in will generate more stress and worry than not checking in.

Today's corporate world is driven by email and other communications. Often people will return to an email inbox with a thousand emails. It's crazy but it's often the reality. Being out of the loop, for even a week, on some projects, deals, or inquiries can sometimes mean losing a client, a project going off the rails, or closing a deal.

When I was in the "corporate" world there were times I needed to stay in touch, especially if a client or project was at a critical point when my cruise or vacation came around. In those days Internet at sea was in its infancy but I did make a few cell calls in ports and I also received a few calls on the cabin phone. On the other hand I would evaluate a manager, director or group leader on how well his/her area would run when they weren't there. If it all went south then they weren't doing a good job of training and empowering their people. If it ran smoothly then they were doing a good job. I wish my bosses would have thought the same way. :)

On the "nice" side of it. Some folks like sharing their time in somewhat "real time" mode with friends and family.

It really boils down to what is going to make your vacation more enjoyable. You aren't going to change your lifestyle and personality in one week so why make that week less enjoyable by worrying about things. If twenty minutes or two hours on the Internet is going to make the rest of the time more fun then go online and take care of what you need to take care of. If you are spending two hours a day taking care of work issues then you shouldn't have gone on vacation.

Each person is different but, in the end, it's what you do to enjoy your vacation that makes it fun.

Take care,

Trip November 11th, 2013 12:41 PM

Knowing first hand how slow internet can be, [I was screaming all the time while I tried to do my Magic reports] and costly too, I would try and limit my time to only imperative contacts....there's alot of truth in, once you get it behind you for the day, you can better enjoy your day without the worry.

Marc November 11th, 2013 05:19 PM

I am guilty; frequently on internet while on cruise. Whether getting a little office work done so I am not missed and can continue to get long vacations approved or checking football scores or checking the market; I travel with iPhone, iPad, and laptop. With omnipresent wifi and free internet, I think cruise lines are realizing how important connectivity can be.


Dave Beers November 11th, 2013 06:16 PM

I limit my usage as much as I can, but am also in the group that as a minimum has to check my e-mail daily. When you do consultant work (like me), a new contract can slip through my hands while out on a cruise if I don't check in. Most of my jobs come via e-mail.

Now, I don't run around talking on my iPhone and constantly texting like some. However I do carry my phone as my camera and leave it in airplane mode.

venice November 11th, 2013 07:29 PM

All valid points for daily contacts but I guess the key is limiting the time to accomplish it...I was lucky to work for a VP that stressed to his staff that when you go on vacation don't call the office, but technology today keeps one connected 24/7/365

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