Can I use my mobile phone on a cruise ship?

Can I use my mobile phone on a cruise ship?

To use your cell phone on your cruise, you have two options — either connect to the ship’s cellular service or connect to the ship’s wi-fi. Both will cost you extra. For traditional cell service, today’s modern cruise ships use providers such as “Cellular at Sea” or “Wireless Maritime Services”.

Can I get a phone signal at sea?

It’s possible to send and receive text messages at sea, as long as you have a signal through your ship’s roaming network. On the flip side, you have no control over incoming text messages, so if you receive any while you are using your phone via the ship’s signal, you will be charged.

How do you stay in touch on a cruise ship?

Staying in touch with your traveling party can be as simple as a magnetic white board attached to your cabin door or as sophisticated as a cruise line-provided app that allows you to call or text people while onboard your cruise ship. All cruise cabins have room phones with a messaging system the same as a hotel.

How can I communicate on a cruise ship without Wi-Fi?

The OceanMedallion device and apps all work without the need for a Wi-Fi package. The technology works without being directly connected to the internet and phones must be kept in airplane mode in order for them to work.

Can you text for free on a cruise ship?

It is possible to text on a cruise ship for free. On certain ships, you can use the cruise line’s app to send messages to others on the same ship. Alternatively, you can use wifi. You can sometimes get a free wifi package as a special offer when you book your cruise.

How far out to sea can you get phone reception?

Cell phones alone usually lose reception about 15 miles offshore, when vessels travel outside the range of land-based cell towers. “Most people take high-speed connections and mobile phones for granted on land, but the maritime industry has been without these conveniences for far too long.

Can you get cell service in the middle of the ocean?

Thanks to a joint venture between Maritime Telecommunications Network and AT Wireless, it is now possible to use your GSM cell phone from the middle of the ocean.

Do you have to pay for WiFi on a cruise?

How much will you spend? Traditional onboard Internet prices are about 75 cents a minute, though you can buy packages offering anywhere from 60 minutes to 300 hours that work out to be cheaper on a price-per-minute basis. On many ships, payment is per megabyte instead of by minute.