Speak with your cell phone company. Mine was very helpful about answering roaming questions and giving me a number to dial to constantly update cell towers I might be near to reduce roaming charges.
Although many ships now have towers to increase signal strength, you still have to watch out for roaming charges. Cell phones might not be the best way to communicate while on board, it could get expensive.
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I have t-mobile and my cell randomly works on cruises. I've never had charges, but the service is very hit or miss.
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I agree with the other posters, a cell phone out of range of land cell towers is worthless. Even if you have a satellite phone that's probably really expensive to use for meeting up on board somewhere.
While there are many inconsiderate people who think they're the only ones on board and somehow feel they need to yak on them, one option is to take the talk-abouts or walkie talkies on board. They work, sometimes weakly, to contact a travel companion to meet up on deck. But here's the downside. They have many channels to choose from, and you won't be the only one on any given channel. So you here other conversations and beeps and squaks. Plus you both have to be on open decks for a clear line of site or close to it. They don't work well through several decks of steel, as may be the case when one of you is on the pool deck and the other is in an inside cabin or shopping or the like.
A more reliable method is to call your cabin and leave a voice mail message. Then agree on a time to call into the cabin to "check in" so you'll have a voice mail waiting, with the place to meet.
Good luck, Steve
I'm Steve Cooper. I love Royal Caribbean, and recently discovered NCL and love them too. I've also cruised Princess and HAL.
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I have Cingular and had service last year when I sailed on Grandeur (an older ship). I don't think it worked in port but it did work at sea. I don't recall my bill being any higher than normal either. I used text messaging and checked my voicemail. I recall reading somewhere, possibly on the cingular site, that RC was incorporating cell service on all its ships. At the time Grandeur wasn't listed but turned out they did have service.
thanks for all the feed back, I have t moble and FOS was on the list for usuage. We just wanted to text each other while one board with each other. it only 35 cent a text that not to bad since i don't pay anything now.
Just go back from AOS and they did offer a deal where you could get cellular service while you were at sea. I don't belive verizon was participating. It might have been T-mobile and cingular. You can call the cruise line for the particulars.
I have verizon and could call in San Juan and had roaming in St. Thomas. I didn't check in the other ports of call.
They also offer internet access it could be cheaper to access while you were at sea than talking on your cell phone to get messages.
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