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Old February 23rd, 2010, 04:45 PM
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I have a couple of questions about cell phones. As much as I would like to throw them in the ocean during the cruise I'm travling with 2 teenagers and it may require a blow torch to remove them. But I do see where they could come in handy when we are doing different things.

What do they charge for using the cell phones on the ship?
What is the charge for texting?
Is it cheaper to communicate with somebody else on the ship?

We are going to Grand Cayman, Roatan, Cozumel and Princess Cay.
Does anybody know what the charges are and the availability of signals in these ports?

While on the subject of tech questions. What about internet access for laptops?

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Old February 23rd, 2010, 08:35 PM
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Hi beachbum13, I'm going to try to answer your questions, but I'm not an expert in phone, text, PC, use !

This is all from what I've read here and on other cruise sites. Phone calls on board (to anywhere) are $2.95 a minute. Texting would be at least that and maybe more!

The ship's Internet is pretty expensive, too. You'll find the price in your first day's news letter.

When you get off the ship in a port you can look for phone availibility and Internet access.

Please don't let your teenager's use any of these services without checking them out yourself!

I've read horror stories about people owing thousands of dollars from their kid's usage !
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In the case of an emergency a cell phone is # 1 but other wise do not use them, but if U do when the bill comes in just put both hands up & surrender.
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Once our ship sails we keep our cell phones in the safe in our stateroom. They remain there until we arrive back to our port of origin....LA, Ft. Lauderdale, Miami, Seattle, etc. Using your cell during the cruise really racks up the $$$$$$$'s.
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I would not advise you using cell phones to communicate within the ship. Fern's quote of $2.95/minute is about right and texts, while less, will add up quickly. I would personally not allow the kids to use the phones.

If you want to stay in contact on the ship I suggest a couple of FRS/GSRM walkie talkies. Motorola Talkabouts are popular.

If you decide to use the phones you will have to contact your carrier and enable International Roaming.

FYI: The cost of using the phone in port is almost always less expensive than using the ship's system while at sea. I.E. Verizon International Roaming charge for Mexico is .99/minute.

Internet charges are usually around .55/minute and around .35/minute if you buy a larger package of minutes. You can check your email and do some basic web surfing.

Take care and have a great time.
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Your best bet is to check with your carrier when it comes to using your cell on ship and on land.

It also depends on the type of plan you have. Give them a call, all your questions should be answered.

If you want to use the ship's service, you will most likely pay quite a bit for very slow satellite service. Check with the cruise line.
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If your teens can't live without their cellphones , then shouldn't be there.
If they have to be there , leave the cellphones at home.
I've heard the costs can run up to $7 USD per minute on the ship and texting doesn't work because the satellite system is to slow to handle text.

Wifi can be hit and miss cruise ships . If you don't have wireless , I'm not sure if you can connect to the ships network.
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T Mobile can run around 4.95 per minute. try getting walkie talkies, you can even rent them from the ship!
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