Verizon and Carnival's ship cell tower

Welcome to Cruise Critic! If you'd like to participate on our forums by joining in the conversation, please Register Now! Be sure to visit our FAMOUS Roll Call forums, where you can meet other cruisers sailing with you and share a tour or shore excursion and SAVE MONEY!

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
All times are GMT -4.
The time now is 07:57 PM.
#1
114 Posts
Joined May 2009
I was informed by Verizon today that if you sail on Carnival. you can make and receive calls on your cell phone while on the ship. They supposedly have an agreement with Carnival. I beilieve the rate is $1.29 per minute. I tried to verify this with Carnival and they did not know anything about it.

Anyone have any experience with this topic?
#2
Texas Hill Country
1,152 Posts
Joined Jul 2008
We were on the Conquest in January & it was $2.49 a minute. Texting is the cheapest way to check in with family members back home.
#3
Rhode Island
5,801 Posts
Joined Dec 2005
I've used my Verizon service phone on many Carnival cruises. It is $2.49 pm while on board. It is usually less to use the phone while in port, even with roaming charges. Here is the website for Verizon with rates including ship coverage, text rates, etc. Hope it helps some.

http://b2b.vzw.com/international/Roa..._coverage.html
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
I Love The Patriots!
Super Bowl Champions
2001, 2003, 2004
2014


Carnival Fascination 09/2001
Carnival Sensation 10/2003
RCCL Majesty of the Seas 02/2004
Carnival Victory 09/2005
RCCL Sovereign of the Seas 01/2006
Carnival Triumph 02/2007
RCCL Majesty of the Seas 10/2007
Carnival Spirit 02/2008
RCCL Independence of the Seas Pre-Inaugural 04/2008
Carnival Destiny 02/2009
RCCL Explorer of the Seas 10/2009
RCCL Oasis of the Seas 01/2010
NCL Spirit - Boston to Bermuda 09/2010
Carnival Miracle 01/2011
Carnival Glory 09/2011 Halifax and Saint John
RCCL Voyager of the Seas 01/2012 New Orleans to Western Caribbean
NCL Dawn - Boston to Bermuda 09/2012
Carnival Ecstasy - Bahamas and Key West 02/2013
Carnival Glory - Boston to Canada 6/30/2013
NCL Dawn - Boston to Bermuda 10/2013
Allure Of The Seas - Western Carib 1/2014
NCL Dawn - Boston to Bermuda 10/2014
NCL Breakaway - NYC 2 nt cruise to nowhere 01/2015
HAL Veendam Boston to Bermuda 6/2015
NCL Escape Eastern Carib. 1/2016
Carnival Pride 7/2016 Baltimore to Bahamas







Well behaved women rarely make history.
#4
northeast PA
786 Posts
Joined Mar 2006
i called verizon this am to ask about rates--i was told $2.49 on ship and $1.99 off ship--she said be sure you are away from the ship or the 2.49 will be charged. she also said if you have cell phone on and a call comes in and you don't answer it--the call is not charged. texting .50 and .05 incoming
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
1991 carnival fantasy
2006 ncl spirit
2007 ncl dawn
2008 carnival liberty
2010 carnival dream
2011 carnival valor
2012 carnival pride
2013 carnival splendor
2015carnival pride
2016 carnival pride
#5
The Sunshine State
587 Posts
Joined May 2006
Its a vacation - I turn the phone off and leave the lap top in the trunk of the car at the port.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Carnival Glory 2005
Carnival Miracle 2006
Golden Princess 2007
Soverign of the Seas 2007
Navigator of the Seas 2008
Carnival Freedom 2009
Carnival Sensation 2009
Carnival Legend 2010
Carnival Fascination 2010
Carnival Inspiration 2011
Carnival Destiny 2011
Carnival Ectasy 2012
Carnival Paradise 2012
Carnival Sensation 2012
Carnival Victory 2013
Carnival Breeze 2013
Carnival Fascination 2014
Carnival Sunshine 2015
Carnival Splendor 2016

#6
56,618 Posts
Joined Jul 2007
Originally posted by prchoudh
I was informed by Verizon today that if you sail on Carnival. you can make and receive calls on your cell phone while on the ship. They supposedly have an agreement with Carnival. I beilieve the rate is $1.29 per minute. I tried to verify this with Carnival and they did not know anything about it.

Anyone have any experience with this topic?

Cellular At Sea, the provider of the satellite link that makes cell calls possible, charges a $2.49/min access fee. Verizon may charge an additional $1.29/min additionally.

I have Sprint and my plan covers roaming so there's no additional charge for my service other than what Cellular At Sea's fee is.

Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Mach
I cruise, therefore I am...
#8
Charlotte, NC
10,117 Posts
Joined Nov 2004
Good point - if your cell plan does not charge for roaming then it will be $2.49 a minute. The call can never be less than that, but with some plans it will be more.

I guess people who would pay $10 for a drink would also pay $10 for a short call home but I would rather save my money and email family when in port.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
04/12 NCL Spirit | 01/11 Carnival Liberty | 08/10 NCL Pride of America|11/09 Carnival Miracle | 8/08 NCL Pearl | 5/08 NCL Majesty | 3/07 Celebrity Mercury | 9/06 Elation | 3/06 Carnival Valor | 2/05 NCL Majesty | 11/03 Jubilee | 9/01 Holiday
#9
Columbus, OH
2,970 Posts
Joined Feb 2003
Originally posted by prchoudh
I was informed by Verizon today that if you sail on Carnival. you can make and receive calls on your cell phone while on the ship. They supposedly have an agreement with Carnival. I beilieve the rate is $1.29 per minute. I tried to verify this with Carnival and they did not know anything about it.

Anyone have any experience with this topic?
There have been dozens of threads, so there is alot of info in those threads.

It's $2.49 a minute. Be aware, if you leave your cell phone turned on during the cruise, every voicemail or ring will cost you $2.49 a minute or portion thereof, even if you don't answer the phone or listen to the voicemail.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Past Cruises and Sailings
Carnival Vista-October/November 2016-TransAtlantic
(Barcelona - Gibraltar - Azores - Bermuda - New York)
____________________________________
Carnival Sensation-June 2016-Western Carribean
(Key West - Cozumel)
____________________________________
Carnival Valor-January 2016-Eastern Carribean
(Amber Cove, DR - St. Thomas, USVI - San Juan, PR - Grand Turk)
____________________________________
Carnival Valor-June 2007-Western Carribean
(Got to see Costa Maya before "Hurricane Dean" smashed it )
____________________________________
RCI-Majesty of the Seas-Sept 2004
(Cruise to "nowhere" thanks to a hurricane whose name I cannot even remember )
_____________________________________
Carnival Triumph-May 2003-Western Caribbean
#10
5,861 Posts
Joined Oct 2006
I have Sprint and was on the Glory last August. I used my phone several times onboard, but mostly in-posrt to check back home, and then it was only for a few minutes. The calls would connect/ring and then disconnect, or would disconnect after a a minute or two. When we got back home the charges were several hundreds of dollars. Carnivals "tower, satellite or comm. system" apparently was using a satellite over the Congo! We did get most of the charges from Sprint dropped after telling them we were in the Western Caribbean, which is nowhere near the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature







Past Cruises:
Carnival Liberty (Valor switch) 12/16
Carnival Victory 6/16
RCCL Oasis 5/16
Carnival Sensation 11/15
Carnival Sunshine 7/15
Carnival Sunshine 8/14
Carnival Breeze 8.13
Carnival Pride 3/13

Carnival Miracle 6/12
RCCL Liberty of the Seas 1/11
RCCL Explorer of the Seas 11/09
Carnival Glory 8/08
Carnival Imagination 11/06
#11
Charlotte, NC
10,117 Posts
Joined Nov 2004
Word to the wise - leave your cell phone off. It is not a good option to leave it on so people can reach you, unless you are wealthy!
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
04/12 NCL Spirit | 01/11 Carnival Liberty | 08/10 NCL Pride of America|11/09 Carnival Miracle | 8/08 NCL Pearl | 5/08 NCL Majesty | 3/07 Celebrity Mercury | 9/06 Elation | 3/06 Carnival Valor | 2/05 NCL Majesty | 11/03 Jubilee | 9/01 Holiday
#12
West Virginia
415 Posts
Joined Jun 2009
Anyone have info on nTelos service? I was told if we could text each other there would be no charge for this. nTelos does provide free roaming also....does this help if making a call in port?
We were hoping to be able to text each other to find our locations on the ship!
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
6-1979 ~ CCL Carnivale
9-1991 ~ CCL Ecstasy
9-1993 ~ CCL Ecstacy
11-1994 ~ CCL Fascination
7-2008 ~ RCCL Grandeur of the Seas
7-2009 ~ CCL Freedom
11-2009 ~ CCL Triumph
12-27-2010~ RCCL Enchantment of the Seas
10-9-2010 - RCCL Oasis of the Seas
6-17-2015 - Princess coral Princess
11-1-2015 - RCCL Allure of the Seas
5-17-2017 - RCCL Radiance of the Seas
#13
New Port Richey, FL
285 Posts
Joined Jul 2006
I believe that anytime you use the ship's cell phone tower, either to sent or receive text messages or phone calls, they will charge you. Also, each person will be charged for the use on their phone.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Jim
05/2017: RC Empress: Key West, Havana, & Cozumel
09/2016: Carnival Sunshine: New England & Canada
04/2016: RC Brilliance of the Seas: Key West & Cozumel
03/2015: RC Brilliance of the Seas: Cozumel
08/2014: Carnival Legend: Panama Canal Transit
01/2014: Carnival Paradise: Western Caribbean
09/2012: Carnival Valor: Southern Caribbean
03/2012: RC Jewel of the Seas, Cozumel
07/2011: Holland America Maasdam, Canada & New England
07/2009: Carnival: Victory, Southern Caribbean
07/2008: Princess: Diamond Princess, Alaska
01/2008: RC: Majesty of the Seas, Bahamas
07/2006: Princess: Crown Princess, Bermuda & Grand Turks
03/2006: RC: Grandeur of the Seas, Cozumel
07/2005: Princess: Grand Princess, Grand Mediterranean
06/2004: Carnival: Sensation, Cozumel
07/2000: Holland America: Zaandam, Western Caribbean
07/1997: Carnival: Fantasy, Bahamas
07/1996: Carnival: Fantasy, Bahamas
07/1994: Big Red Boat: Starship Majestic, Cozumel
#14
IA
8,916 Posts
Joined Nov 2004
I had absolutely NO luck in attempting use my cell the ONE time I wanted to on our last cruise. I couldn't even get the darn call to go THROUGH. So don't rely on it at ALL. I ended up having to suck up the $9.95/min charge just to check in for 3 minutes (rather than pay for and struggle with the internet cafe).

Although, I must say, I was glad I had my cell phone when stuck on the Valor, with a hiccup regarding the ship clearing Customs, and had to call to change our flights. That is why I won't travel without it, if for no other reason.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
2005 Carnival Valor-Eastern Caribbean
Photos:http://community.webshots.com/user/mamaparrothead
Review:http://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=11464
2006 Vacation at the Jersey Shore with the kids
2007 Carnival Triumph-Western Caribbean
Photos:http://family.webshots.com/album/558943066QVrRjR
Review:http://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=28447
2008 Vacation in the Rockies with the fam
2009 Carnival Glory- Western Caribbean
Photos:http://travel.webshots.com/album/575827622MeXRtX
Review:http://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=60327
2011 Carnival Liberty- Eastern Caribbean
Photos:http://community.webshots.com/album/579557173JsjmiL
Review:http://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=77429
2012 Carnival Freedom-8 Day Eastern
Review: http://www.cruisecritic.com/memberre...EntryID=111082
Photos: http://s1339.beta.photobucket.com/us...uise%2011-3-12

2013 Carnival Breeze Exotic Southern Caribbean
REVIEW: http://www.cruisecritic.com/v-1/memb...EntryID=230123

2015 Adventure of the Seas- 8-Day Southern Caribbean

#15
n/a Posts
Joined
Alltel is now , Verizon !

While answering the phone aboard ship .
My wife received a bill of sixty dollars from Alltel ,for around twenty minutes usage.
We take our cell phones aboard now days ,cut off and in the safe just in case we may need them.
#16
NC
18 Posts
Joined Apr 2009
For the first 2 days on our cruise my daughter kept using her cell phone. "Well Mom, it says DR just like it does at home." I mentioned this to our tablemates and they told her "Go to your cabin and turn off your phone now!" Thankfully she listened, but still was welcomed home to a cell bill of $1000!!! I admit I was surprised that the calls she made while we were still in the Port of Miami were also charged at the same outrageous rate. She will have to work a lot of hours @$8.00/hr. to pay off THIS bill!!!
#17
Shortsville, NY
654 Posts
Joined Jan 2009
When we were on the Glory my sister insisted on calling home daily to check on her 7 year old. I kept telling her to stop the bill would be outrageous. Well, I was wrong, the calls never showed up as anything more that the family plan cell to cell calls. Now this may have been because they are on the family plan with the cell she was calling and they have international calling enabled on their plan. Don't really know.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature


Sunshine 2014
Valor 2014
Legend 2013
Valor 2012
Dream 2010
Glory 2009
#18
Charlotte, NC
10,117 Posts
Joined Nov 2004
Originally posted by meme2manthajoe
When we were on the Glory my sister insisted on calling home daily to check on her 7 year old. I kept telling her to stop the bill would be outrageous. Well, I was wrong, the calls never showed up as anything more that the family plan cell to cell calls. Now this may have been because they are on the family plan with the cell she was calling and they have international calling enabled on their plan. Don't really know.
That surprises me - the cell phone company will be charged at the rate of $2.49 a minute no matter what type of plan the customer has - and I'd b very surprised if they did not pass that charge along. It could have been a mistake that they were not charged - they should consider themselves very lucky, indeed.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
04/12 NCL Spirit | 01/11 Carnival Liberty | 08/10 NCL Pride of America|11/09 Carnival Miracle | 8/08 NCL Pearl | 5/08 NCL Majesty | 3/07 Celebrity Mercury | 9/06 Elation | 3/06 Carnival Valor | 2/05 NCL Majesty | 11/03 Jubilee | 9/01 Holiday
#19
Rhode Island
5,801 Posts
Joined Dec 2005
Originally posted by kids1stcruise
i called verizon this am to ask about rates--i was told $2.49 on ship and $1.99 off ship--she said be sure you are away from the ship or the 2.49 will be charged. she also said if you have cell phone on and a call comes in and you don't answer it--the call is not charged. texting .50 and .05 incoming
It is $1.99/minute in MOST ports, but not all...only .69 a minute in Puerto Rico and .99 in Mexico with Verizon.

All the detail are in the link provided.
http://b2b.vzw.com/international/Roa..._coverage.html
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
I Love The Patriots!
Super Bowl Champions
2001, 2003, 2004
2014


Carnival Fascination 09/2001
Carnival Sensation 10/2003
RCCL Majesty of the Seas 02/2004
Carnival Victory 09/2005
RCCL Sovereign of the Seas 01/2006
Carnival Triumph 02/2007
RCCL Majesty of the Seas 10/2007
Carnival Spirit 02/2008
RCCL Independence of the Seas Pre-Inaugural 04/2008
Carnival Destiny 02/2009
RCCL Explorer of the Seas 10/2009
RCCL Oasis of the Seas 01/2010
NCL Spirit - Boston to Bermuda 09/2010
Carnival Miracle 01/2011
Carnival Glory 09/2011 Halifax and Saint John
RCCL Voyager of the Seas 01/2012 New Orleans to Western Caribbean
NCL Dawn - Boston to Bermuda 09/2012
Carnival Ecstasy - Bahamas and Key West 02/2013
Carnival Glory - Boston to Canada 6/30/2013
NCL Dawn - Boston to Bermuda 10/2013
Allure Of The Seas - Western Carib 1/2014
NCL Dawn - Boston to Bermuda 10/2014
NCL Breakaway - NYC 2 nt cruise to nowhere 01/2015
HAL Veendam Boston to Bermuda 6/2015
NCL Escape Eastern Carib. 1/2016
Carnival Pride 7/2016 Baltimore to Bahamas







Well behaved women rarely make history.
#20
northeast PA
786 Posts
Joined Mar 2006
so both parties will be charged for texts?
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
1991 carnival fantasy
2006 ncl spirit
2007 ncl dawn
2008 carnival liberty
2010 carnival dream
2011 carnival valor
2012 carnival pride
2013 carnival splendor
2015carnival pride
2016 carnival pride