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Re: using my phone on a carribean cruise, help please
There are two questions here, wireless internet at sea and cellular service at sea. They are entirely different, but neither is inexpensive.
First, cellular service at sea: Visit Wireless Maritime Services HOME for a description of the service and listing of ships in service (nearly all of the major cruise ships). Basically, this is old-fashioned roaming and the cost per minute/per text can be very high. Also, your regular carrier must be one that supports roaming on any network; many prepaid plans do not.
Then there is cellular while in port. Depending on your destination ports, you may have service through your regular carrier as part of your basic plan, roaming service, or none at all. Contact your carrier (or visit their website) and inquire about service at your destination.
Next, there is Wi-Fi internet. Yes, most all ships offer this nowadays but coverage throughout the ship varies dramatically. Also, this is usually the type where you visit a webpage and sign in. Most importantly, time is sold as a package at varying costs - xxx minutes usage over the length of your cruise at yyy cost. Normally you must sign up for one of several packages during your first 24 hours on board and then if you need additional minutes you pay a fixed per minute rate. You can burn those minutes using one of the computers made available for guest use or using your own tablet/notebook/phone.
Check out cruisecritic.com forums for lots of info on this subject and all matters cruising.