Yes - get a cell phone that will transfer email - like a blackberry or iPhone. The data charges while onboard are minimal.
Then use email as much as possible and use call centers and web cafes when in port.
For the web cafe - I usually bite the bullet and purchase 100 minutes for about $55. It brings the cost down to $.36/minute which is enough to do most of what you need to do. It sounds like a lot of $$, but when you think about it $55 is not much if it means being able to keep in touch as much as you need for an entire week.
We have Alltel. I recently checked rates for Mexico coverage. They send you a special cell phone for one weekfree ($35 shipping), then about $5 per week after. 99 cents incoming calls from USA and $2.49 outgoing calls from Mexico.
Last time we cruised, we phoned home from our phone onboard and by the end of the cruise (after 2 short calls home) we were charged $75.
We sail Jan 31 to Cozumel and would like better rates than this. Any advice?
Ya know, its a shame that the cruise lines charge so much for internet connections.
The uplink is a flat cost that they are paying anyway. The additional cost for individual users is infinitesimal...almost immeasurable.
They could offer the service as an incentive to cruise with them....wait, we'd be there and not in the casino or bar.
Peace through superior firepower.
I have a Blackberry that works anywhere in the world that has ATT service. I only pay for the ATT service and avoid cruise line charges.
It works in most ports of call but not always at sea.
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