Dockside Chat - Best way to "Phone Home" from cruise ship ?

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04-01-2012, 04:58 PM
any ideas ?

Caribbean ...

Snapper Head
04-01-2012, 05:02 PM
I think most of them have VSAT, so you can have internet and phone access.

It won't be free.....

Big Al

04-01-2012, 05:14 PM
Call your cell phone company and tell them which islands you are going to. The ships cabin phone service can be $5-6 per minute and it adds up quickly. I use my Sprint cell phone and pay the international charge for short calls and even less for texts. If you are going to St. Thomas it's even cheaper, but just check with your cell phone company and you'll have a good idea of what it's going to run you. The cruise ship also has cell service that will allow you to use your cell phone but that is expensice too, so just wait until you physically get off the ship to make your calls. Have a great cruise. (ps-don't forget to call your credit card company and let them know where you are going so they will process any charges without any issues when you are in the Carribean).

Ghetto Lobster
04-01-2012, 05:25 PM
Economically you'd be better off to bring your own Sat Phone.

04-01-2012, 05:27 PM
Can you use WiFi and Skype to call home?

04-01-2012, 06:04 PM
Tell me all about skype ...

Down load app ? Pre pay minutes ?

04-01-2012, 06:15 PM
Its a free account to set up. You do DL the software and create a username. Then you can call from one Skype account to another for free using a Wifi connection (and even have live video chat as an option). If you want to call a land line, you still connect via wifi but you can prepay and debit each call to land line from your account balance. The key is having a solid wifi connection.

04-02-2012, 11:23 AM
Messanger from Microsoft works too,
video call...

Striper In
04-02-2012, 11:34 AM
Carnival is 1.99 a minute from you cabin.

I have Verizon Blackberry, I have International added prior to me leaving....not that much more in the grand scheme of all your your paying for.

Ships WIFI is expensive and slow...

04-02-2012, 11:38 AM
All I know is NCL is really $$$$ and I didn't bother. A ran into a few who bought the internet package which was 30 min for something like $75.00. They tried using Skype but the connection was too slow.

04-02-2012, 11:39 AM

04-02-2012, 02:59 PM
Just talk with your carrier and explain where you are going. Then ask about adding those packages for the month. When we did it (with Sprint) we added two international packages and paid an extra $19 for the month and had no issues. Still weren't able to use it at sea but on 3 of our 4 stops we were covered.

First Light
04-02-2012, 05:21 PM
Skype cost is around .02 per minute - by far the cheapest alternative, and the connection thru the internet is clearer than any telephone line or cell phone. Plus if your computer is new enough to have a camera, and the recipient's computer also has a camera, you can video talk. :thumbsup:

04-03-2012, 04:53 AM
Magic jack plus,work amazing, we take it everywhere we travel.

04-03-2012, 05:51 AM
I was on a cruise in December. I simply picked up my Blackberry and made phone calls and sent texts while at sea. The ships have their own wireless network. Your particular phone and service provider will determine how much the calls cost you.

I have a Blackberry on AT&T and I made quite a few calls and sent a bunch of texts which included a lot of pictures. I was expecting the bill to be an extra $200 but it was a whopping $24.00 for the use on the ship.

This was on NCL. We also bought the internet time so we could use our iPad for internet. It sucked and was super slow so we got a refund.

04-03-2012, 09:43 AM
If you have an iPad and can hook to a wifi FaceTime is a good way the other person has to have an iPhone. I use it when I'm stuck at work to say goodnight to my kids you can see them and they can see you

04-03-2012, 05:21 PM
Spoke to Verizon today ...They will Loan me a phone for free ...$2.50 a minute and It will be my same number ... sounds good ... I may talk all of 20 minutes ...

Striper In
04-04-2012, 06:12 AM
Spoke to Verizon today ...They will Loan me a phone for free ...$2.50 a minute and It will be my same number ... sounds good ... I may talk all of 20 minutes ...

Which Cruise line?

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