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Old 04-17-2013, 05:53 PM   #1
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Ship to shore pricing??

Does anyone know the rates for the ship to shore on the Fanatsy?
I will need my daughters to check in with their dad a couple times on our up coming cruise and I'm trying to figure out the best way to do that.
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Old 04-17-2013, 06:06 PM   #2
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Does anyone know the rates for the ship to shore on the Fanatsy?
I will need my daughters to check in with their dad a couple times on our up coming cruise and I'm trying to figure out the best way to do that.
Using the ships phone service is very expensive, I think it's like $9.00 a minute. Really should be left for real emergency calls. Personal cell phones can be a bit less, but still pricy, as you are using Cellular at Sea - that costs $2.49 a minute on top of whatever (if any) other charges your provider will hit you with.

The cheapest, albeit a bit slow, is internet, there are various packages:

Time Plan 1 - $0.75 per minute
Time Plan 2 - 100 minutes for $55
Time Plan 3 - 250 minutes for $100
Time Plan 4 - 500 minutes for $150
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Old 04-17-2013, 06:13 PM   #3
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I spoke with my daughter on Skype and it worked just fine. It was much cheaper than trying to use a phone.
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I spoke with my daughter on Skype and it worked just fine. It was much cheaper than trying to use a phone.
One point here, generally Skype (and other applications like it) do not work onboard.
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On the Wonder in January, it took a while to connect, but FaceTime worked well enough for my husband and I to talk to my parents twice. We also texted from ports through cell service and wifi. Even when we were on cell service, it wasn't that expensive.
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On the Wonder in January, it took a while to connect, but FaceTime worked well enough for my husband and I to talk to my parents twice. We also texted from ports through cell service and wifi. Even when we were on cell service, it wasn't that expensive.
When in port, cell phones use the land-based cell towers. Your phone usage charges will be whatever your provider charges. Onboard the ship (while cruising) Cellar at Sea is the cell tower used and costs $2.49 a minute.
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When in port, cell phones use the land-based cell towers. Your phone usage charges will be whatever your provider charges. Onboard the ship (while cruising) Cellar at Sea is the cell tower used and costs $2.49 a minute.
Yes, I know that. I was trying to suggest more affordable suggestions for the OP.
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I am shocked that Skype and facetime worked through the ship. The satellite internet is usually too slow for that.
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Does anyone know the rates for the ship to shore on the Fanatsy?
I will need my daughters to check in with their dad a couple times on our up coming cruise and I'm trying to figure out the best way to do that.
My children checked in with their dad when we were in port, but he was very well aware that it might be hit or miss for the week we were gone. I think they ended up touching base with him twice. I think your best option would be a cell in port that has international calling minutes.
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I told my ex wife that my daughter will call before we leave Port Canaveral and she will call again when we get back to port. She will have the emergency number if anything comes up during the trip. She knows she will be notified if there is a true emergency!
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When in port, cell phones use the land-based cell towers. Your phone usage charges will be whatever your provider charges. Onboard the ship (while cruising) Cellar at Sea is the cell tower used and costs $2.49 a minute.
To the OP--Double check which service your phone is logged on to even in port. My phone switched back and forth from ATT to the ship's onboard tower so if I had made a call when it was on the "wrong" service it would have been $$$
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