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Old 01-08-2013, 04:37 PM   #16
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We've called home (Verizon) from Ketchikan, Juneau, and Anchorage. No extra charges.

Same here. And it was interesting to watch some of the crew (many of them in overalls, so I assume they were engine room staff) as we pulled out of ports talking on their cell phones to loved ones far away. But like clock work, about 20 minutes after we pulled out, they ended their calls, so I suspect that was about the time the phones would switch from the land carriers to Cellular at Sea.
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Thinking about our cruise coming up... I'm mixed on the fact that we can use our cell phones in port. It'll be nice to have I'm sure, but one of the best parts of our Bahamian cruise last year was the "unplugged" feeling. We didn't want to pay the roaming, so the phones stayed in cruise (airplane) mode the whole time. It was awesome. Not that I dislike my phone, just nice to be forced away from it every once and a while. Not sure yet what I'll plan to do in Alaska...
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Old 01-30-2013, 01:24 PM   #18
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Yes,I agree too! That's one of the things that I love about cruising. Is "unplugging"! Although it was nice in St. Thomas to touch base on a 7 night sailing. I do love being on cruise ships and not having my husband contrarily being on the phone or my son looking at you tube!
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Thank you everyone for the feedback! I did know we are in the U.S. at port, but was wondering with the mountains how spotty the signal would be.
On AT&T, in mountains around the ports we had a good signal. But no regular carrier service when sailing through the fjords and stuff. Even though there's land close by, there's no people on that land, so no reason to put up cell towers.

Keep in mind that, in the ports, about 2,000 other people (per ship) are trying to get a signal all at the same time. Don't expect reliable service even if you show 4 bars of signal. We tried using our cellphones to call others in our party while in port at Skagway. A lot of times, the call would not go through despite having a good signal.
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We have Verizon and had good coverage in ports. Also had coverage for the hour or so prior to arriving in Ketchikan, (we were sailing past more populated areas so signal was better).
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