by doobs Investigator
Investigator

data usage on cruise ship

Hi - I am going on a cruise to Norwegain Fjords from Uk - I have data roaming enabled but was advised to turn this off/airplane mode at sea before using data or wifi on shore (I am on a maxplan). If i register for the £5 500mb travel data pass I understand i can use date/web etc etc whilst at sea using the onboard ship maritime network. Is this correct as it is cheaper than using the onbaord wifi! If this is correct, do I turn off mobile data whilst at sea  - I was advised that the data used is different to mobile data so mobile data should be turned off?

 

Advice please!

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by Profile closed
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Re: data usage on cruise ship

The travel data pass does not cover maritime on-board mobile networks unfortunately.  The cost of using those are very expensive (details here including data add-on costs) so you are better off sticking to using WiFi.

 

Once you get on land, you can then start using mobile data again and as long as you remain within the EU, that won't cost you anything extra.

by doobs Investigator
Investigator

Re: data usage on cruise ship

thanks - that link mentions a "buy data add on" do you know what the cost of that is and what data amount it covers?  

by Grand Master
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Re: data usage on cruise ship

Hi @doobs

 

I was looking at doing something similar so please let us know how you get on. You maybe able to pick up land based mobile masts but I don't know how good the network will be. 

 

Thanks




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by Grand Master
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Re: data usage on cruise ship


@doobs wrote:

that link mentions a "buy data add on" do you know what the cost of that is and what data amount it covers?  


Yes, they're just below at the foot of that page; 3 of them ranging from £11 to £40.

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Re: data usage on cruise ship

At those costs, the allowances are very very small as well.  £11 for just 11Mb of data is insane!  Even the £40 add-on only come swith 45Mb of data.  That will last you less than an hour.

 

Best to avoid those add-ons.

by
EE Employee

Re: data usage on cruise ship

Hi @doobs and welcome to the community.

 

You don't need to turn off data roaming as if you were connected to the ships mast you would be prompted to purchase data before any use.

 

Do bear in mind you would then be charged ships costs for calls and texts.

 

If you were lucky enough to connect to a shore mast as mentioned by @Northerner the internet would connect without being prompted to purchase data and you would use your minutes as you would normally.

 

Many thanks,

 

Lee

by doobs Investigator
Investigator

Re: data usage on cruise ship

Hi  - It was much as been said (in particlular by Lee) - whilst at/in open sea if you have mobile data on, it connects to e.g    ... maritime network which is costly if used - we switched to airplane mode at those points losing all connectivity - once you are within sight of land, through a little trial and error you toggle mobile data on and off and as soon as you connect to a landbased network (without "maritime" mentioned) you can used your inclsive data/text/calls etc

by
EE Community Support Team

Re: data usage on cruise ship

Thanks for the update @doobs Smiley Happy

 

Hope you had a great time.

 

James

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