I guess to save money we'll compose in off-line Word and then cut and paste to Hotmail when we're connected or rely on shore Internet Cafes as we did on our South American cruise.
Ruth, that's a great plan. Composing messages offline and then pasting them into an email is the most efficient way to handle outgoing mail. It can be a tad frustrating, because onboard connections tend to be slow. But you'll get everything read and replied to. If you want to take the time to go to an internet cafe in your port stops, all the better -- and the cheaper by a huge factor.