AT&T Cell Phone Coverage at Sea

ShipMaven

Forever Remembered
#1
Princess Cruises has now been added to AT&T Wireless' list of cruise lines:

Acciona Trasmediterranea Cruises
Aida Cruises
Azamara Cruises
Brittany Ferries
Carnival Cruise Line
Caronte & Tourist Cruises
Celebration Cruise Line
Celebrity Cruise Line
Color Line Cruises
Crystal Cruises
CTN Tunisia Ferries
Cunard Line Cruises
DFDS A/S Cruises
DFDS LISCO Cruises
Disney Cruise Line
ENTMV Algerie Ferries
Fjordline Cruises
Fred.Olsen Cruise Lines
Grimaldi Lines Cruises
Hanza Cruises
HKS - Bremen Cruises
Holland America Cruise Line
Hurtigruten Group Cruises
Institute for Shipboard Education
Irish Ferries
Japan Grace Cruise Line
LD Lines Ferries
Louis Cruise Line
Mano Maritime Cruises
Norfolkline Cruises
Norwegian Cruise Line
Ocean Villiage Cruises
Oceania Cruises
P&O Cruises
P&O Cruises Australia
P&O Ferries
Paul Gauguin Cruises
Phoenix Reisen Cruises
Polferries
Princess Cruises
Pullmantur Cruises
Quail Cruises
Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Royal Caribbean International
Silversea Cruises
Smyril Line Cruises
Stena Line Cruises
TTT Lines Cruises
TUI Cruise Line
TUI UK Cruises
Visemar Di Navigazione
Voyages of Discovery
Windstar Cruises
Yachts of Seabourn
 

Charles

Captain Weather
#2
Does that mean that while I'm in the middle of the Caribbean, or the Atlantic, and not near land, I can make calls on my ATT cell phone? (through the ships' satellite)

c
 

ShipMaven

Forever Remembered
#4
Does that mean that while I'm in the middle of the Caribbean, or the Atlantic, and not near land, I can make calls on my ATT cell phone? (through the ships' satellite)

c
Yes it does. I've used my AT&T cell phone transatlantic, transpacific to (and in) HongKong, Caribbean, Panama Canal, European cruises - and I telephoned Judi one year during the Atlantic City meet when I was off of Nuuk Greenland on Crystal Symphony.
 

Mbandy

Well-Known Member
#5
I checked on this before going on my recent cruise.:scratch:

The ATT rep I spoke with said as long as "ATT" displayed in the main phone menu, it would be the same as calling from home. I saw this in San Juan and St Thomas. If "ATT" was not displayed or another carrier was displayed (tower on the ship) then roaming charges will apply.
 

ShipMaven

Forever Remembered
#6
That's correct, Michael. But you still have cell phone usage. Up until very recently, there was no cell phone usage (by whatever means) at sea aboard Princess. You had to be close to shore to pick up any signal.
 

sage

Well-Known Member
#7
Thanks Mary Ann. I love being able to call home to check on my furbabies when I'm away. Now it looks like almost every cruise line will be there for my AT&T phone.
 

Corky

Well-Known Member
#8
Ok - so if I understand this correctly:

I have my AT&T phone. I'm at sea on the Grand P. I turn the phone on, the screen reads AT&T...I call my son :smile: who is on my AT&T plan, so it is basically a Mobile to Mobile AT&T call, and no other charges apply?

I've used my phone on St. Thomas and St. John USVI many a time, and it does read AT&T. So I was going to call once we ported on STT, but if I can call while on the ship and say hi, well, that is a good thing.
 

ShipMaven

Forever Remembered
#9
You're welcome, Bev.


Ok - so if I understand this correctly:

I have my AT&T phone. I'm at sea on the Grand P. I turn the phone on, the screen reads AT&T...I call my son :smile: who is on my AT&T plan, so it is basically a Mobile to Mobile AT&T call, and no other charges apply?

I've used my phone on St. Thomas and St. John USVI many a time, and it does read AT&T. So I was going to call once we ported on STT, but if I can call while on the ship and say hi, well, that is a good thing.

I have my AT&T phone. I'm at sea on the Grand P. I turn the phone on, the screen reads AT&T...I call my son :smile: who is on my AT&T plan, so it is basically a Mobile to Mobile AT&T call, and no other charges apply?

No - that is not correct.

Will I be billed for roaming charges while I am on a cruise?



Question:
Will I be billed for roaming charges while I am on a cruise? Am I billed for roaming when on a cruise and my phone says AT&T? What are the roaming charges while on a cruise? Can I make calls from my AT&T wireless phone while on a cruise? What are Maritime Roaming Service Charges? Answer:
Wireless Maritime Services, an AT&T joint venture, provides GSM voice and GPRS data roaming services on select cruise ships. AT&T wireless services customers can use their AT&T wireless phone (with compatible frequency) to access this roaming network while on board a cruise ship that provides this service. For a list of participating cruise ships, select the Cruise Ships link on our Wireless Travel Guide tool.

This capability is automatically available to all AT&T wireless services customers. You do not need an International roaming feature on your account to roam from a cruise ship; however, International roaming rates do apply.

When using the cruise ship network, the International roaming voice rate is $2.49 per minute. Data usage is billed at the standard pay-per-use rate (approximately $20.00 per MB).


Keep in mind that:
  • The cruise ship network is turned on once the ship is at sea. Generally, the cruise ship network is shut down when the ship is within twelve miles of land. The network is turned back on once the network is no longer near the coordinates of a port.
  • While roaming on the cruise ship, your device will display one of the following: "AT&T," "901-18," "Cellular at Sea," or "NOR-18."
  • None of the discounted International roaming voice plans apply while on a cruise ship.
  • The only discounted International data plan that applies on cruise ships is the Business Data Global Unlimited plan.
  • Domestic voice rates apply while aboard a cruise ship only when it is docked or tendered at a U.S. port.
  • Voice usage while aboard a cruise ship when it is docked or tendered at a foreign port is billed at the International roaming rate for that country.
Here's the link... Answer Center | AT&T
 

Corky

Well-Known Member
#10
Thanks, Shipmaven. I went into my Plan and saw that I have Expanded International Roaming with no ROAMING charge to me, but the calls are charged at a per use rate. Between that, and what you've posted...Son is not getting a call until we reach STT. :biggrin:
 

reggae

Well-Known Member
#11
If you have the iPhone...

1. Make sure to turn off the Data Roaming feature while on the cruise.

2. Call ATT and add International to your plan (less than $10), then you can send and receive texts for 50 cents each. (cheapest way to go)
 

Alan

Active Member
#12
It's bad enough to sit at home in resturants,movies,ballgames,and other functions and listen to people talk louder and louder to anyone who'll listen. Now we'll get to hear it at sea on our cruises. I know a few think this is a good thing, but if you want to talk on your phone stay in you rooms. Ha!
 

ShipMaven

Forever Remembered
#13
Patty - exactly. Great info.

Alan - let me assure you that some of us have good manners and don't need a reminder. Some of us who are actively in business continue to take care of our Clients even though we're away from our office. I do agree that there are a few who obnoxiously forget they're disturbing others if they're not mindful when using cell phones.
 

Corky

Well-Known Member
#15
Isn't it amazing the number of people who talk on their cell phones out in public and use their At Home talking voice? Like I really care to hear their conversations! Bad, bad manners! :hammer:
 

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