03-19-2011 2:20 PM
I am going on a Royal Caribbean Cruise next week, and I would like to know...
1. How much does it cost to send a text using the "Cellular at Sea" network?
2. How much does it cost to receive a text using the "Cellular at Sea" network?
3. Does it cost money for me to have my phone on?
4. What about my data plan?
03-19-2011 2:42 PM
03-19-2011 4:46 PM
The reason it's extremely expensive is due to the costs involved for the remote transmission of the cell site back to a landline country. All of this traffic is transported via satellite (shot up thousands of miles/km into the air) and then downlinked via a massive satellite downlink cluster in a land-line country connected to fibre optics.
Great for assurances in an emergency you can call/text/use data though.
03-19-2011 4:47 PM
Receieve is either $0.50 or FREE for most mobile operators. Since it's in the middle of the freaking ocean it's probably $0.50.
03-19-2011 4:53 PM
Actually it's FREE to receieve from land.
*Messages received while on the cruise ship will continue to be charged at your normal domestic rate."