The cruise lines charge anywhere from $6 to $10 per minute to make
outgoing ship-to-shore calls.
"From all phones you can make direct calls home via satellite for
$6.99 per minute to the U.S,Canada, and Caribbean Islands, $9.99 per
minute for international calls."
Norwegian Sky (Norwegian Cruise Line)
" going satellite phone rate (currently about $6 per minute)"
The cruise ship will not charge you to receive a call. However, the
person calling you will be the one hit with big charges (i.e., up to
$10 per minute).
Many cruise lines use the INMARSAT phone system:
Or the MARISAT system:
Or Maritime Telecommunications Network's (MTN) OceanPhone
(Note a $7.95 per minute charge is listed on that web page).
Princess Cruise line uses a 900 number:
1-900-CALL-SHIP (with a $9 per minute charge)
Anyway you slice it, cruise ship-to-shore or shore-to-ship calls are
EXPENSIVE. They're also very unreliable. I've called people on cruise
ships, and dropped calls are big problem. Another big (and expensive)
problem that is that when you call the cruise ship, you get the
operator on the ship (and the per-minute charges start kicking in at
that point). You could be on with the operator for 5 minutes or so
before they even tell you that there's no answer in the passenger's
room. It's not a fun way to burn $50!
If the cruise ship has email, that's a better option.
Also, if the person calling the ship can send a fax instead, that's
usually more economical approach. It might cost $10 to make a
one-minute fax call, but at least you don't have the problem of being
put on hold by the ship's operator. Also, the call is limited to the
one-minute. With a voice call, there's a tendency to gab (e.g.,
"How's the trip?", etc.).
Another option would be to use a cell-phone when you're in port. If
you need to make or receive a lot of calls, that's probably the
smartest approach. Contact your cellular carrier for more information
about international roaming options, or try one of the rental
companies like Intouchusa.com
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