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Old August 3rd, 2004, 01:11 AM
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Since I am not a "techie", I pose a question: Should I bother taking my cell phone (prepaid minutes Nokia) on my Alaskan cruise on the Diamond? I am traveling with another female friend and my husband is staying behind. I would like to call him when I am in port but if the phone won't work, why should I bother bringing it with me. Thanks for you input.

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Old August 3rd, 2004, 07:24 AM
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I found that when I went on my last cruises (granted it was to the Bahamas) my cell phone didn't work. If I were you I would just bring prepaid phone cards and use them in port. Whatever you do don't use the ohones in your cabin! If the charge is anything like my last cruise (on another cruise line) you will pay a fortune just to say Hi. Phonecards are the way to go in my opinion.

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Old August 3rd, 2004, 07:35 AM
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We sailed Alaska a few years ago. Our friends we met onboard had a cell phone and had no problem using it in port and on the ship when close enough to civilization. We also just returned from the Caribbean onboard and had no problem using our cell phone from the balcony when in port in St. Thomas. I would recommend that you take the phone along and give it a try. It just might work for you!
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Old August 3rd, 2004, 06:53 PM
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Never had a problem with cell phones in port. We even had some good luck at sea when we were not far from a port.
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Old August 3rd, 2004, 10:47 PM
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Most likely it will work when you are in the Seatlle port. I'm with Verizon and they don't have any coverage much outside of the port. It's unlikely yours would do any better. It could be useful at the airport. I'm in Tucson and are two weeks ahead of your departure on the Diamond.
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Old August 4th, 2004, 08:19 AM
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check with your carrier to see if they have service in port. You could get hit with huge roaming charges if the port is not in your network. E-mail is also a great way to keep in touch. We don't bring our cell phone with us.
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Old August 4th, 2004, 01:19 PM
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That was the best advice. I think one may find that they do have coverage, depending on their plan. While others may end up with roaming fees. I bring my cell phone on cruises to Alaska and Hawaii as I have coverage in all 50 states.

That being said, I also use email a lot as I am Platinum and it is free for us.
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