On my NCL cruise, I did pre-cruise research to find out how much it would cost to use my cell phone to call home. This was a major concern for us because we left behind a 6 year old with a very busy schedule and our 5 month old baby girl.
We did not want to spend too much money calling home, but we could not go too long without hearing that everything was going fine. So, I called Sprint prior to leaving for the cruise. I could not get anyone who could give me a straight answer on how to minimize my costs calling home on my cell phone. I was told by one agent at Sprint that if I call from the Cruise Ship and my phone was roaming that I would get charged $2.49 per minute on my cell phone bill by the cruise line.
On the cruise we kept the talking to a minimum. This made my wife fairly miserable. I got my cell phone bill today, and it looks like all of the Roaming was included in my Plan. While in Antigua and Tortola, we were able to make the calls without roaming….so we did not think those calls would be charged. We have the Sprint Fair and Flexible Plan and it has America Roaming – Included. The phone calls we made from the ship do appear to be getting charged for roaming. So instead of paying $25 for the calls we made, I have no additional charges. We could have called home alot more….
This is just my experience with Sprint on my cruise. If you are cruising, I would try calling sprint and asking for yourself. We were very conservative with our calls and now wish we would have used the phone more. If any of you who visit have similar or different experiences with your cell phone company while cruising please share with comments. ~Happy Sailing