We sail on the Spirit to Mexico at the end of Feb. Carnival told us they do not charge for the service. We were told that what ever rate our carrier charged for the area we were in would be charged by the carrier. We have Verzion, we were charged 65 cents a minute, Carnival did not add a fee on to the bill.
A word of advice. You need to let your carrier know where and when you will be going... otherwise you phone will not be activated for that area.
How about a $25 rebate to anyone who DOES NOT bring their cell phone on the cruise? Is a cell phone really that necessary while we take our cruise vacation? With obvious exceptions (i.e. an elderly family in ill health), I say no it is not necessary. I am amazed at how dependent our society has become on their "gadgets." Silly gadgets hangin' out of your ears, video games on phones, etc etc etc. To me, and I'll preface this comment with the fact that it is merely an opinion (mine), if there is truly a need for someone to reach me on a cruise, the people needing to reach me can do so through the cruise line. There are ways to reach us in an emergency. Oh, by the way, where did I put my IPOD? Dang it.
Chief, I gotta agree with you on this. It drives me nuts people walking through the grocery store talking non-sense outloud on cell phones. This came up about a year ago and I threatened to throw any cell phone overboard. I have mellowed since then. I had went to the movies and some rude person behind me was talking on a cell phone during the movie.
I can see why the question though, as the costs are outrageous for the ship phone service. But for non emergencies, I don't even want to see someone walking around talking on one.
I did follow up and gdjoslin is correct they are not charging. Just on your carrier's end for roaming.
Well all I can tell you Islandcruz is that NO surcharge was added to our cell bill or our sign and sail card.
I was surprised Carnival did not make money on the deal. I got more done in 5 minutes on the phone at 65 cents a minute than I di on the net in 15 minutes at 75 cents a minute. go figure.
I did not see the Spirit listed here, so I used the Pride. I also rechecked my cell bill. We had two calls. One for 8 minutes cost $5.52, that is 69 cents. The other is four minutes $2.76, that is also 69 cents a minute.
The site says S2.49. Do not know what to say... was I luck or does Spirit have a different rate?