Having been on several cruises we know what it is like to run up a huge phone bill, the last one was more than £150. However, all that is about to change for US cell phone users, as the price of calls on a cruise ship is set to fall in 2013.
For some people it is important to use their cell phone while enjoying a cruise, but at rates between $2.50 to $6 per minute the carriers have taken advantage for far too long. There were other alternatives, such as the use of satellite phones, at a cost of $1.25-$1.50 per minute.
Thankfully, there are two new services where you can pay around $1.00 per minute, or in some cases even less. The first new service is from AT&T, who also partners with Wireless Maritime Services (WMS), and is called AT&T Cruise Ship package.
The other service is by using an app called Connect At Sea, which is from MTN. This app is clever in the way that it duplicates your cellular service, but will cost much less. However, you will need either an iOS or Android device and be connected to the Internet, which as you know will take up those valuable minutes you purchased from the ship, which means prices will vary.
More details on both these new services can be found on Forbes, but at least this is a step in the right direction.