Ocean air, stunning scenery, activities galore, and food and drink at your whim – a cruise has all the hallmarks of a great vacation. But long stretches without a cell phone tower in sight, often slippery conditions and a host of other variables can make using your cell phone on a cruise a little bit tricky. So let's take a look at seven of our best tips for using your phone at sea.
Call your service provider before you set sail. And when you do, talk to them about which locations along your route are in your coverage map and which aren't. This way, you can decide whether or not to you'll need to add an international plan in order to text, call and use your data while you're away.
Understand your internet package options ON the boat. If you're only concerned with using your cell phone on your cruise as a way to check in on social media and connect to the internet, then one of these packages may give you everything you need.
Use Wi-Fi hotspots while on shore. If your phone service on your cruise is limited, then try popping into shops, cafes, museums and other facilities at your ports of call that that may offer Wi-Fi hotspots.
Download any apps you might need/want before you set sail. This way, you won't have to use your on-ship internet plan or your own data in order to download apps.
Get a good waterproof case. Aside from understanding what your options are for cell phone service at sea, keeping your device safe is critically important. And with sea spray, slick decks, and all the water-based activities that are available during a cruise, a protective waterproof case is one of the best investments you'll make.
Don't forget your accessories. Nothing's worse than realizing halfway through your first day that you've forgotten your charger and the gift shop on the boat doesn't have one that's compatible.
Pick up a lanyard-style case or a lanyard-compatible case for your phone. If you're going to be leaning over the ship's railing to take photos of Mother Nature in all her glory, it's worth investing in lanyard-style case that allows you to pop your phone over your neck and still use it to snap pictures. This way, there's less chance that you'll drop your phone in the ocean or onto the deck below.
When it comes to using your cell phone on a cruise, it pays to protect your device and to understand your cell phone service at sea. With those two things taken care of, all you'll really need to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy your vacation.