Cruise ships use satellite services to provide mobile coverage — an expensive option. Call charges start at around $5 per minute and data rates are even more. However, it's possible to stay connected without spending

Download the essentials before you go

Switch to aeroplane mode

Turn off mobile data

Use free Wi-Fi in port

Purchase an international roaming pass

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Buy a cruise line internet package

Use Wi-Fi for voice calls

Consider your usage

Keep your expectations reasonable