HAL offers internet packages. There is a $3.95 (or so) activation fee, then it's .75 per minute, with packages offering reduced rates for X minutes. I've always purchased the 100 minutes for $55.00 - which would mostly cover me for daily checking of the office e-mails and printing my plane tickets on my last day. I don't know what the cost would be to use your phone for texting, since I don't have that option. Check with the staff in the Explorations library / computer area. I don't waste my time in ports looking for free wi-fi and e-mailing. As others have said, if you want to use your phone's texting function, check with your provider as to costs and coverage in your ports of call. I believe on ship, you would be using the ship's satellite. Bon Voyage - I hope you'll enjoy the Oosterdam. I've been on two sister ships and have found them HAL wonderful. And your itinerary is spectacular.