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Complete Guide to Using Your Phone on a Cruise (Carnival, Royal Caribbean & More)

At this point, it’s beyond the debate of taking a cruise without bringing a phone. Phones are so much more than a simple device to call or text. Now they are our social lives, our entertainment devices, our cameras, and more.

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And on the cruise ship they do all that, plus they are useful for the cruise line’s app, which features schedules, maps, and more, all right on your phone.

Of course, while it’s a good idea to put the phone down for a while and enjoy your vacation, it’s also reasonable to wonder if your cell phone will work on a cruise.

The good news? Yes, you can use your phone on a cruise . This includes major cruise lines like Carnival, Royal Caribbean, and Norwegian and more.

The bad news? It might be expensive, and there are several details you need to know about how your phone uses cell service at sea — or the shipboard wi-fi — before you get started.

Below, we’ve outlined what you need to know about using your phone to call, text, and browse the web. In addition, we’ve added some specifics for certain cruise lines.

One thing to keep in mind is that internet and cell phone service are regularly being updated on modern cruise ships . As time goes on, you can expect your access to improve.

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How to Use Your Phone on a Cruise

First things first, you have to understand that there are no cell towers in the middle of the sea. Meanwhile, even the strongest cell towers with the best range in perfect conditions can only extend about 30-45 miles. In other words, after the first hour or two of your cruise, you’ll be too far away to pick up any reliable cell signal.

So what do you do in the middle of the water?

To use your cell phone on your cruise, you have two options — either connect to the ship’s cellular service or connect to the ship’s wi-fi . Both will cost you extra.

Cellular Service on Ships For traditional cell service, today’s modern cruise ships use providers such as “Cellular at Sea” or “Wireless Maritime Services”.

For the vast majority of plans, these services are considered international roaming plans by your cell phone company, and you will be charged accordingly for use. That said, if you want to (or need to), you can simply make a phone call or send a text as you would back home — you’ll just be charged significantly more than usual.

Keep in mind that sometimes data service isn’t available through this method. For data, you’re better off using a wi-fi plan (discussed below).

Cell providers offer packages you help cruisers better budget. For example, AT&T offers a couple of cruise ship packages, starting at $50 for a package of minutes and texting. Other carriers will have something similar.

Just be warned of high prices. On AT&T’s $60 plan, it includes only 100 minutes of phone calls, and a $1 per minute overage cost.

In other words, if you use the ship’s cellular service, it’s considered international roaming and will cost you quite a bit of money. This applies to any carrier you have.

Luckily, there is a cheaper way to use your cell phone on the ship — wi-fi.

Cruise ships have cellular service that you can connect to. However, it’s usually considered international roaming and means you’ll be charged high rates to access.

Wi-Fi Service to Use Your Phone on Ships (Recommended) You likely know that instead of using a cell signal, you can hook your phone up to wi-fi and use the internet to make calls, send texts, and surf the web. Some apps like WhatsApp also let you make calls, chat, and even chat via video. You can use these features while a cruise ship.

Today’s cruise ships all come equipped with wi-fi, but there is a charge for passengers to use it. For example, Carnival offers three levels of service — Social (~$15 per day), Value (~$20 per day), and Premium (~$21 per day) — which all offer different speeds and access.

Wi-fi allows you to connect just like you were at home. This includes doing things like making calls from within communication apps like WhatsApp, iMessage, texting, and surfing the web.

Just like at home, you can hook up to the ship’s wi-fi and use your phone as normal. Just keep in mind that you will want to ensure any calls you make are over wi-fi or else they will be considered international roaming calls if connected over the ship’s cellular service. (For that reason, we suggest setting your phone to airplane mode once you get on the ship and then just connect through wi-fi.)

One other thing to know is that different cruise lines and even different ships within a cruise line may offer different online experiences. Some ships are updated with the latest technology while others can have slower service or more limited options of what you can do regarding video calling or streaming.

More details on specific ship wi-fi plans are featured later in this article.

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We’d recommend accessing the ship’s wi-fi with your phone to use it as you would back home. This gives you the ability to access the internet, send messages, use apps, and even make calls with some plans/cruise lines.

Using Your Phone in a Port of Call

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While most of your time is spent on the ship, there will be large chunks of the day spent in port. You might wondering about using your phone during this portion of your cruise.

Cellular Service in Ports of Call In port (and off of the ship’s cellular or wi-fi service), you phone will work just as if you had taken a flight to another country. That is to say you will be reliant on international cellular services.

The good news? Cell phone companies offer short-term international plans that are surprisingly affordable and provide calls, texts, and data.

In addition, many companies — such as T-Mobile — include calling in Mexico and Canada (home to several popular cruise ports) automatically in their plans. You can use the phone exactly as you would at home for no extra charge.

Below, we’ve charted out the cost for some international plans offered by cell phone companies. Remember that these prices could change, so you’ll want to contact your provider before heading out on your cruise.

You can read more about international service from the major carriers below:

  • https://www.att.com/international/day-pass/
  • https://www.verizon.com/plans/international/international-travel/travel-pass/
  • https://www.t-mobile.com/cell-phone-plans/international-roaming-plans

Understand that this is only for service while onshore in a port. When you are on the ship and in the middle of the ocean, you will need to use the ship’s wi-fi or cellular service. It may be worth it to use just one service or another instead of paying for both during your cruise.

When in port, you’ll be connecting to international towers. Phone companies have international plans (sometimes you can simply pay for a single day pass) that allow you access just as you would have at home.

Wi-Fi Service to Use Your Phone in Port Want to save some money? Then you may be able to skip dealing with international plans altogether and just connect to wi-fi hotspots in port. In fact, it may even be free.

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To be sure, your wi-fi plan from the ship won’t work in port (unless you are at a private island; sometimes ships extend service to their islands.) But many ports of call offer wi-fi service.

Sometimes there is service sold that will cover the port area. Other times spots like restaurants or shops will offer free wi-fi service to customers as a perk for shopping there.

Either way, it’s a cheaper and easier way of using your phone in port if you are fine with having access on a more limited basis.

Many ports have wi-fi service at shops or restaurants that can get you access while you’re there. It’s an easy way to check in back home if you don’t need constant access.

Using Your Phone on a Carnival Cruise

As mentioned above, we recommend using the ship’s wi-fi to use your phone . This will allow you to make calls (you may have to use an app like WhatsApp to do so), send messages, email, and browse the web.

To access Carnival’s wi-fi, you’ll have to sign up for one of three packages :

Social (~$15 per day) — Offers access to social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, WhatsApp, Snapchat and more. It also provides access to airline sites. However, it doesn’t include access to most of the web, nor does it support in-app calling, streaming services (Netflix, Spotify, YouTube), or Skype.

Value ($20 per day) — Offers everything in the Social package, with the addition of popular news, weather, banking, finance, and entertainment sites. However, it still doesn’t allow streaming or Skype/FaceTime calling.

Premium (~$21 per day) — Offers the fastest speeds on the ship and full web access. While Carnival’s website says this plan doesn’t support video streaming (outside Netflix) or FaceTime calls, we’ve personally done both with this plan. If you are a heavy phone user on your cruise or want to make video calls, then you’ll likely want the Premium package.

You can purchase a plan at a discount before your cruise starts or you can simply purchase when you are on the ship. Note that shipboard prices are higher than what’s shown here.

Read more about Carnival’s internet service here .

Using Your Phone on a Royal Caribbean Cruise

Just like with Carnival and other major cruise lines, we think you’ll be best off connecting to the ship’s wi-fi in order to use your phone on a Royal Caribbean ship.

The cruise line offers VOOM internet access across its fleet, which is touted as one of the fastest wi-fi services of any major cruise line. With it, you can hook up your phone to wi-fi and make calls (via wi-fi), text, use apps, and browse the web.

Prices are not set in stone, but vary between around $15-25 a day. Discounts are available for ordering online ahead of time.

Read more about Royal Caribbean’s Internet service here .

Using Your Phone on a Norwegian Cruise

Norwegian offers two different levels of wi-fi access on their ships that allow you to connect with your phone. From there, you can use wi-fi to send messages, talk, and send email to keep in touch.

First is the Unlimited Wi-Fi Package ($30 per day) that includes access to things like Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat, along with the rest of the web. This includes apps like WhatsApp, iMessage, and FaceTime, allowing you to keep in touch. However, it doesn’t allow streaming services.

Second, there is the Unlimited Premium Wi-Fi Package ($40 per day), giving you full access to the web and streaming services — including YouTube, TikTok, and Netflix. With this level of service, making calls, sending texts, and video chats are no issue.

You can read more about NCL’s internet service here .

Using Your Phone on Other Cruise Lines (Disney, Celebrity, Princess, and Others)

As you can see, the easiest way to use your phone on a cruise is to use it to connect to the ship’s wi-fi. While we’ve spelled out more details for Carnival, Royal Caribbean, and Norwegian Cruise Line, this method will work on any ship you sail.

Through the wi-fi offered on your cruise ship, you should be able to connect and use your phone just as you would on land. This includes web browsing, messaging, and calls through wi-fi. Just keep in mind that you might have to upgrade to the highest-tier service in order to get full benefits of the internet like streaming and video calls. In our experience, lower-tier wi-fi plans are slower, meaning choppier connections on things like video calls.

Have more questions about using your phone on a cruise? Let us know in the comments below.

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I have Google fi unlimited plan. They told me my phone will work data,etc while cruising. I am confused. I thought I would have to put the phone in airplane mode and buy the ship WiFi package. Cruise is on Disney

Hey Tanner: Thanks for the great article. We are going on Norwegian to the Panama Canal. My cruise buddy has Verizon and wants to make a voice call to her husband. He does not know how to use WhatsApp or FaceTime. Can they make regular voice calls using the ships Wi-fi? We understand that she can call him from ports with her Verizon Travel Pass, but she is concerned about sea days. Thanks!

Typically phones have a “call over wi-fi” setting. I’ve used it before and it worked well, but usually I use Facetime to call back home.

Tanner – I will going on a Norwegian cruise and would like to use WhatsApp for audit calls. I don’t need to make any viedo calls. Can I get by with the Unlimited plan or do I need the Unlimited Plus?

My advice is to always go with the fastest plan just because in general speeds are slower on cruises (getting better in some cases with Starlink).

But it looks like voice calls don’t require that much bandwidth. My suggestion is if you only want access for these calls, then opt for the cheaper plan and test it out. If it’s not enough, then you can always upgrade.

Tanner, my brother in – law just started his job on a cruise ship – they are provided only 5 gigabytes per month for phone use – he uses what’s app – what can advise him to do to get more gigabytes ? Approximate cost ?

I’ll be perfectly honest: the Royal Caribbean cruise was fantastic except for the beverage package issue, gratuity, and the cell service/internet packages. For the price of the cruise, surely you could include water, tea, coffee, and fountain soda. Those are cheap! I did know ahead of time that 18% gratuity was added to everything, yet for some reason I bought the gratuity package. Then would forget and add tip above the 18% plus the gratuity package. I know I’m responsible, but still felt taken advantage of. AT&T charged me 100.00 within 3-4 hours (started before we even left port). Then cut off service to “protect” me. So I pay another 100.00 for their “international data plan”- which is NOT 10.00 a day. Then I pay 75.00 for better internet speed through Royal. Guess what- 275.00 and I STILL couldn’t use my phone half of the time. I felt nickeled and dimed to death between just getting a bottle of water and checking my work email. And now that I’m home, my phone has ZERO internet. Sigh. FYI: This was my first cruise, but I did research the best I could ahead of time. I didn’t even think about the cell issue. But really- RC is first class.

Do you know if you can get reception on the ship from an island nearby if you are docked at a tender port, or is that still too far away? I have a virtual doctor visit the day I’m in Grand Cayman that I really don’t want to cancel and I would rather use my international phone plan then waste my limited ship wifi minutes.

We’re traveling on Cunard next month. Their website says that even if a phone is in airplane mode but connected to the ship wifi, voice call charges will still be incurred by the cell provider. That doesn’t make sense. Are they just saying that to protect their “assests”?

Never heard that before. I’d likely just take them at their word and plan around it.

If I purchase the cruise plan through AT&Tfor 100$ Do I still have to purchase the wifi on princess as well?

Does regular wi-fi calling (Not WhatsApp) work on Carnival social plan?

That I don’t know. I haven’t personally tested it.

I have straight talk, would I still be able to call or txt since it’s a pay as I go an each month. We will be on Carnival Horizon in October.

Well at sea you won’t have service, but you can hook up to the wi-fi and use your phone that way.

If I purchase the International Plan on Verizon, will it connect to the ship’s tower? I am going on Carnival Horizon in March 2023 to the southern Caribbean (Aruba, Bonaire, Dominican Republic). If I’m signing up and paying for this plan, I want to make sure I actually have coverage my entire cruise (on and off the ship). Can you help?

I’m not sure how the service works on the ship (I personally use wi-fi). You’ll need to contact your carrier to ask as it’s their plan.

GOING TO BAHAMAS AND ORLANDO FLORIDA. WHEN IN FLORIDA AND I AM OFF THE SHIP CAN I USE THE PHONE TO CALL AND TEXT WITHOUT BEING CHARGED MORE THAN MY NORMAL BILL. I WONT BE ON THE SHIP USING THE PHONE ONLY FOR PICTURES. I AM GOING ON NCL AND I AM A VERIZON CUSTOMER

Depends on your plan, but likely not. Most of the time, however, you can get a short-term international plan for cheap:

https://www.verizonwireless.com/solutions-and-services/international-travel/

everyone gives info for making calls, etc. what about getting calls???? have a disabled son and I need contact with him each morning around 6 am Central. how do I arrange that?

The best idea we can suggest is to sign up for the Internet package and use a program like WhatsApp to talk.

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By wlbox , December 14, 2023 in Mexican Riviera

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We have included service in Mexico on our Verizon plan. But not on ship. Do we iPhone in airplane mode on ship but turn it off on land?  Not sure how things work. Thanks for information 

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If you have the ship's WiFi you will go to airplane mode and then turn on WiFi and log into the ships WiFi.  It's best to enable WiFi calling at home just to make sure it works.  You should be able to do everything (text, call, surf web, etc) using just the ship's WiFi.  We have done it many times and other than being slow to upload photos attached to text it works fine.  Not sure how Verizon works on land in MX.  We have ATT and it works the same as in the US.  

I keep my phone in airplane mode until I am actually on land.  Then, I turn the airplane mode off and use the phone to check my voice mail messages on my office phones, and otherwise take care of business.  I go back to airplane mode as I board the ship again.

I have used the phone off of airplane mode sitting on my balcony in Cabo, and did not get any nasty billing surprises, but I am very leery of this.

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On 12/14/2023 at 4:41 AM, wlbox said: We have included service in Mexico on our Verizon plan. But not on ship. Do we iPhone in airplane mode on ship but turn it off on land?  Not sure how things work. Thanks for information 

I am on Verizon and have used my US service on land trips and cruises (in the ports!!) in Mexico, so hopefully I can help guide you in a slightly different way.

For a land trip to Guadalajara two years ago I turned the phone on as we left GDL airport (and turned airplane mode off). It needed to be on so it could connect to the local cellular service. Verizon immediately sent me a message via the local service to say "Cellular and data is now active for the next 24 hours in MX", and they charged the US$5 day's plan fee to my account. [Before I left the US I had activated the relevant international service plan of $5 per day for MX on my Verizon account which allowed me to use my US call and data plan there]. We made calls locally to the apartment host, and used data occasionally to order Uber service around the city. It worked really well. As soon as I was at the apartment I would put the phone in Airplane mode, and connect on the apartment's free wi-fi. That would avoid my daily service auto-renewing 24 hours later on the Verizon account. During the 7 day period I only had 5 days of $5 charges from Verizon. Those fewer days were only because when leaving the apartment we would order the Uber via the apartment's wifi and then as soon as car was close we would go down to the street. In that way the phone was already in airplane mode so if the prev day's 24 hour cycle had already expired, then it would only "renew" if we needed to catch a car back later in the day from another part of the city; then we would turn airplane mode off, activate the daily plan, and use the cellular or data until we got back to the apartment, thereafter put phone back on airplane mode and turn wifi back on again... As I say it worked well. 

Last year's cruise to Puerto Vallarta MX, on the main road outside the port, the phone struggled to connect to the local cellular service for data (Uber) or calls when I turned airplane mode off, so we used a regular taxi to get into downtown instead. Strangely once we were in downtown it connected just fine to the local service, and we were able to use data to order Uber around the downtown (Malecon) area and back to ship.

Once back at the ship, it is crucial to put the phone back in airplane mode so it does not auto-connect to the ships service !!! If you turn your phone off, or put it in the safe once back onboard, then make sure to check the next morning when you next need it onboard that it has not done an auto-restart overnight and automatically turned your airplane mode OFF . I've hear of that happening to some ppl !!! 

Onboard ship it's Airplane mode ON , and WIFI mode ON - well that's unless you want to connect to cellular service onboard although that will be pricey. Please also remember that if you connect to the ship's wifi and you purchased an "X minutes plan", then you should log-out of their service as soon as done so you can save your minutes.. You don't want to turn on a 300 minute plan, use it for 10 minutes and then the next day find that the other 290 minutes have run out because the ship's clock was live all that time.

I don't watch movies online, but did use Skype/Zoom/Teams and work email on the ship last year and it worked perfectly fine.

Enjoy the cruise.

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On 12/17/2023 at 6:05 AM, Starlight Durban Cruising said:   Once back at the ship, it is crucial to put the phone back in airplane mode so it does not auto-connect to the ships service !!!

There are plenty of warnings before that happens it's not automatic.  But always a good idea to be in airplane mode and only connect to WiFi while on the ship.  

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We were on MX cruise again this week and sometimes we had success with local cell and internet service and sometimes not. In Mazatlan specifically (as with PV last year), on this trip we were able to connect to internet for Uber on 2 of the 3 trips that day, but the final one to get from downtown back to cruise ship it was repeatedly not getting an internet connection so we could not order Uber back to the ship. Gave up eventually and just got a Pulmonia for US$8.00 for 3 ppl back to the ship.

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On 1/7/2024 at 10:45 PM, Starlight Durban Cruising said: We were on MX cruise again this week and sometimes we had success with local cell and internet service and sometimes not. In Mazatlan specifically (as with PV last year), on this trip we were able to connect to internet for Uber on 2 of the 3 trips that day, but the final one to get from downtown back to cruise ship it was repeatedly not getting an internet connection so we could not order Uber back to the ship. Gave up eventually and just got a Pulmonia for US$8.00 for 3 ppl back to the ship.

Ya we found Mazatlan was def not on 5g. And my map/gps wasn't quite accurate. $8 seems very reasonable, was there a benefit to Uber and not going for the pulmonías in the first place?

3 hours ago, carohs said: Ya we found Mazatlan was def not on 5g. And my map/gps wasn't quite accurate. $8 seems very reasonable, was there a benefit to Uber and not going for the pulmonías in the first place?

Yeah, $8 was reasonable, considering last year a Pulmonia driver charged us $10 back to the port in Mazatlan. Uber worked out cheaper as it was ~$2 per trip, plus the Verizon day-charge of $5 for MX, and at least it then pulled all my VMs and Texts at the same time when I connected.

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Going on a Mexican Riviera cruise from LA. Do ships sail close enough along the Mexican coast to pick up cell signal from time to time? Specifically on the way back from Cabo San Lucas to LA.  I will be using a Mexico eSim so no need to worry about accidentally connecting to the ship's satellite.

Hey, Old Man, I do not think that there is any cell service when the ship is sailing.  I always nag my wife into turning off her cell when the ship sets sail, because I do worry about connecting through the ship's system -- $$$ --  mucho dinero!!

You lose cell service fairly quickly once the ship sails away from land. And they do have to be far out enough to open the shops and casino. If you're far out enough for the casino to be open, you're too far for cell service. 

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On 1/30/2024 at 6:12 PM, decrepit old man said: Going on a Mexican Riviera cruise from LA. Do ships sail close enough along the Mexican coast to pick up cell signal from time to time? Specifically on the way back from Cabo San Lucas to LA.  I will be using a Mexico eSim so no need to worry about accidentally connecting to the ship's satellite.

The simple answer is NO!  Ships head out to sea (well beyond the sight of land) where there is no shore-side cell service.  As you near a port (to dock or tender) you should begin to get local cells somewhere inside of 10 miles (the range is best on the top deck).  

As far as Mexican cell providers, it is mostly two companies, Telcel and Movistar, both of which have so-so service ranging up to 5G.  Service has really improved in recent years, but is still not as reliable as what we get back in the States.

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Frequent Mexican Riviera cruiser and Verizon customer here. My tip to live by: always keep your phone in airplane mode if your ship is in motion and sailing. You'll get cell service when you're docked / anchored in port, and even as you start to sail away. But it's a good policy to toggle that airplane mode back on as soon as the ship begins to sail away from port if you want to avoid any surprise charges. Verizon service is great in port in Mexico, both for calls and internet.

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On 1/30/2024 at 4:12 PM, decrepit old man said: Going on a Mexican Riviera cruise from LA. Do ships sail close enough along the Mexican coast to pick up cell signal from time to time? Specifically on the way back from Cabo San Lucas to LA.  I will be using a Mexico eSim so no need to worry about accidentally connecting to the ship's satellite.

No the ships are to far out.  

On 2/2/2024 at 9:31 AM, Hlitner said: The simple answer is NO!  Ships head out to sea (well beyond the sight of land) where there is no shore-side cell service.  

Agreed to far out for getting cel tower, but not out of sight of land.  We see cruise ships all the time.  Granted, not very close most times.  

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Much of the area between Ensenada and Cabo is uninhibited, so even if you are close (which you aren't), there probably are very few cell towers.

On 2/21/2024 at 12:28 PM, CruiserBruce said: Much of the area between Ensenada and Cabo is uninhibited, so even if you are close (which you aren't), there probably are very few cell towers.

CruiserBruce and the others are right on this point; it looks close but really are far out from the coast, and very little in terms of towns and towers in between the main places like Ensenada and Cabo. Below are some non-zoomed pictures - closest to coast was as we came back up past Cabo, and that is still far out.

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Cruise lines changing itineraries as Hurricane Beryl charges through Caribbean

With ports on both sides of the state, Florida is a popular destination for those planning a cruise.

Those plans are being disrupted this week after Hurricane Beryl made landfall on Carriacou Island Monday as a powerful Category 4 storm with 150-mph winds.

➤  Track Hurricane Beryl

The hurricane has grown since then, and is now at Category 5 hurricane with 165-mph winds as it moves west across the Caribbean Sea . Life-threatening winds and storm surge are expected to impact Jamaica by Wednesday.

Here's what you should know if you're scheduled to take a cruise.

Cruisemapper shows few cruise ships in Caribbean as Hurricane Beryl continues westward path

There were a few cruise ships in the Caribbean Sea early Tuesday, with most only going as far south as Jamaica and most concentrated along the Mexican coast, according to cruisemapper.com.

➤ Interactive map : See the latest on cruise ship locations

A few ships were shown in Puerto Rico and the British Virgin Islands.

Most ships were concentrated around the Bahamas and off the east coast of Florida.

Beryl is expected to bring life-threatening winds and storm surge to Jamaica Wednesday as it moves quickly west across the Caribbean.

How strong is Hurricane Beryl and where is it going?

Spaghetti models: where will hurricane beryl go next.

Special note about spaghetti models:  Illustrations include an array of forecast tools and models, and not all are created equal. The hurricane center uses only the top four or five highest performing models to help make its forecasts. 

Royal Caribbean Blog announces changes to itineraries because of Hurricane Beryl

▶  Royal Caribbean had three ships in the southeastern Caribbean as of July 1 and announced it was changing cruise ship itineraries because of Hurricane Beryl, according to Royal Caribbean Blog.

Icon of the Seas, Wonder of the Seas, and Harmony of the Seas have all changed itineraries due to the hurricane, according to the website.

Royal Caribbean's newest and largest ship — Icon of the Seas — departed from Miami, June 29, days before Beryl hit the eastern Caribbean. The ship was scheduled to visit St. Maarten and St. Thomas, among other locations in the eastern Caribbean. Instead it will visit Cozumel and Costa Maya, Mexico. Cruisemapper.com showed the ship off Cozumel Tuesday morning.

Royal Caribbean notified passengers via email of the itinerary change intended to avoid strong winds and high waves on the sea.

Wonder of the Seas, which left Port Canaveral June 30, will skip two ports and call on Nassau, Bahamas, the blog announced. Tuesday morning, cruisemapper showed the ship between Key West and Cuba.

“We’re terribly sorry for the last-minute change caused by the weather, your safety is our top priority," the letter read.

"Please know, being onboard is one of the safest places because we are faster and can move out of the way of any inclement weather."

Norwegian Cruise Line changes stops to avoid eastern Caribbean

▶  Norwegian Cruise Line  altered nearly the entire itinerary for a week-long sailing on its Norwegian Breakaway ship that departed from Miami on Sunday. The line canceled stops in Honduras, Harvest Caye in Belize, and Costa Maya and Cozumel in Mexico, according to a letter sent to guests the line shared with USA TODAY. The ship will instead visit Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic, St. Thomas, Tortola, and Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas instead.

“While we share your disappointment, these modifications were made with great consideration as your safety, and that of our crew, is always our number one priority,” the letter said.

The line similarly changed a week-long sailing aboard Norwegian Jade that left Port Canaveral on Saturday, replacing planned calls in Falmouth, Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Cozumel with San Juan, Puerto Rico, Tortola and Puerto Plata.

Was your cruise itinerary changed? Here's what to do next

Carnival Cruise Line bumps up stops to Mexico

▶  Carnival Cruise Line’s  Carnival Liberty ship moved a planned Friday stop in Cozumel up to Tuesday. The vessel departed on a week-long cruise from New Orleans, Louisiana, on Sunday,  according to CruiseMapper .

Carnival Horizon, which is sailing a  six-day itinerary  that left Miami on Sunday, will skip a visit to Grand Cayman on Wednesday.

“The safety of our guests and crew is paramount, and we are continuing to monitor forecasts and factor in guidance from the National Hurricane Center, U.S. Coast Guard, and the local port authorities to provide timely updates to our guests as more information becomes available,” spokesperson Matt Lupoli said via email.

Disney Cruise Line replaces Falmouth visit with sea day

▶  Disney Cruise Line’s  Disney Fantasy ship — which set sail on a  week-long cruise  from Port Canaveral on Saturday — will not visit Falmouth as planned on Wednesday. The stop will be replaced with a  sea day .

Cruisemapper showed the ship west of the Cayman Islands Tuesday morning.

Hurricane Beryl an 'extremely dangerous' Cat 4 storm as it barrels toward Caribbean

Beryl's center was forecast to move across the windward islands early monday..

Editor's Note: This page is a summary of news on Hurricane Beryl for Sunday, June 30. For the latest news updates on the Hurricane Beryl , view our live storm updates file .

Beryl — the first hurricane of the 2024 season — intensified Sunday into a high-octane, "extremely dangerous" Category 4 storm packing life-threatening winds as it barreled toward the Caribbean.

Beryl is about 150 miles southeast of Barbados and 245 miles east-southeast of St. Vincent, with maximum sustained winds at 130 mph, the National Hurricane Center said at 11 p.m. But fluctuations in strength are possible over the next day or so. 

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 30 miles from the center and tropical storm-force winds extend out up to 115 miles from the center, according to the center's update. Tropical storm watches were posted for Dominica and the southern coasts of the Dominican Republic and Haiti. A tropical storm warning was also issued for Martinique and Trinidad.

As Beryl crosses the Windward Islands on Monday, potentially catastrophic wind damage is expected where the eyewall moves through, with the highest risks of the core in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Grenada, the hurricane center added."Wind speeds atop and on the windward sides of hills and mountains are often up to 30 percent stronger than the near-surface winds" indicated in advisories, "and in some elevated locations could be even greater," the hurricane center said.

Hurricane warnings, meaning hurricane conditions are expected in the area, were in effect Sunday for Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadine Islands, Grenada, and Tobago.

Beryl could bring 1 to 4 inches of rain to southeastern Puerto Rico on Monday night and into Tuesday. 

Beryl is the first hurricane of what is expected to be an extraordinary 2024 season . Tropical Storm Alberto , the first named storm of the season, left at least four people dead in Mexico after it made landfall on June 20. Beryl underwent rapid intensification: It was declared a tropical depression and then a tropical storm on Friday, and by Sunday was a major hurricane.

By Thursday night, the hurricane center named the third tropical storm of the season. Tropical Storm Chris developed in the Bay of Campeche and located about 105 miles southeast of Tuxpan, Mexico, by 11 p.m.

Fueled by warm water: Hurricane Beryl, super-charged by warm seas, stuns experts

Track Beryl's path: Tropical storm Beryl expected to become first Atlantic hurricane of 2024 season

The third earliest Atlantic major hurricane on record

As Beryl strengthened, it's setting several records, according to Phil Klotzbach, a senior research scientist at Colorado State University. They include:

∎ The first June major hurricane east of the Lesser Antilles on record.

∎ The third earliest Atlantic major hurricane on record, trailing Alma on June 8, 1966, and Audrey on June 27, 1957.

∎ Beryl is now the earliest Category 4 hurricane on record. The current record was held by Hurricane Dennis which became a Category 4 on July 8, 2005.

See Beryl's eye: Hurricane Beryl's eye on NOAA satellite

Will Hurricane Beryl hit the US?

It's too soon to determine the path and strength of Beryl when the storm gets to the western half of the Caribbean later this week − and whether it could impact the U.S. Gulf Coast. The hurricane center expects Beryl to remain a hurricane as it reaches Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula on Friday.

But forecasters warned U.S. residents to stay vigilant. "At this point, the most likely scenario is for the storm to move westward into Mexico; however, it is very important to note that if the high pressure across the Southeast weakens, that can allow the storm to move farther north and potentially directly impact the Gulf Coast,"  AccuWeather Lead Hurricane Forecaster Alex DaSilva said.

Tropical Storm Chris

On Sunday afternoon, Tropical Depression 3 formed in the southern Gulf of Mexico about 185 miles east-southeast of Tuxpan, Mexico, with sustained winds of 35 mph. It became the season's third tropical storm by late Sunday and had maximum sustained winds of 40 mph.

The storm was expected to weaken and dissipate as it moves inland over Mexico on Monday. A tropical storm warning was in effect for Cabo Rojo to Puerto Veracruz.

"Chris will begin to weaken after landfall and will likely dissipate later on Monday," the National Hurricane Center said in its 11 p.m. advisory.

According to the hurricane center, the system is expected to cause heavy rainfall over parts of eastern Mexico into Monday, which could produce flooding. It's forecast to produce rainfall totals of 4 to 8 inches with maximum rainfall totals around 12 inches possible across the higher terrain.

Mudslides were also possible in the higher terrain of the Mexican states of Guanajuato, Queretaro, and San Luis Potosi.

"Due to this threat, the government of Mexico has issued tropical storm warnings along parts of the Mexico gulf coast," AccuWeather said. "Heavy rain and gusty winds have already begun moving into Mexico as of Sunday afternoon and will continue through Monday."

What is rapid intensification?

Rapid intensification is a process in which a storm undergoes accelerated growth: The phenomenon is typically defined to be a tropical cyclone (whether a tropical storm or hurricane) intensifying by at least 35 mph in a 24-hour period.

By 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Beryl had become a Category 4 hurricane, with winds of 130 mph. That's a gain of 95 mph in just 42.5 hours.

"Rapid intensification occurs when a tropical storm or hurricane encounters an extremely conducive environment," Klotzbach said . "Typically, this environment consists of very warm water, low vertical wind shear and high levels of midlevel moisture."

Life-threatening storm surge, flooding likely

Swells from Hurricane Beryl should begin reaching the Windward and southern Leeward Islands by late Sunday and are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip currents. The storm surge as the hurricane arrives on Monday may reach 6 to 9 feet above normal tide levels and bring "large, destructive waves" to the coast, the hurricane center said.

Rainfall could cause flooding and is expected to dump 3 to 6 inches in Barbados and the Windward Islands Sunday night into Monday. Up to 10 inches are possible in isolated locations, especially in the Grenadines. 

The hurricane center urged anyone living in the central and western Caribbean to monitor the storm's progression given the uncertainty of the forecast.

What are the Windward Islands?

The Windward Islands are a group of Caribbean islands in the eastern part of the Caribbean Sea. They include Dominica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Grenada. Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago are sometimes included in the group.

They are called "windward" − which means upward from a given point − because they are more windward to arriving ships than the Leeward Islands.

What is the outlook for the 2024 hurricane season?

Federal forecasters have predicted a hurricane season unlike any other, with as many as 25 named storms possible.

It is the most storms the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has ever predicted in a preseason outlook. "All the ingredients are in place for an active season," National Weather Service director Ken Graham said in May.

NOAA director Rick Spinrad said the Atlantic hurricane season is shaping up to be "extraordinary" − an 85% chance for an above-average year. "The forecast … is the highest NOAA has ever issued for the May outlook," he said.

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Current weather advisories in the u.s..

Contributing: Doyle Rice and Mike Snyder, USA TODAY.

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Norwegian, Carnival and more cruise lines change itineraries due to Hurricane Beryl

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As Hurricane Beryl moves across the Caribbean, a number of cruise lines have changed itineraries in the area in an effort to avoid the storm.

▶ Norwegian Cruise Line altered nearly the entire itinerary for a week-long sailing on its Norwegian Breakaway ship that departed from Miami, Florida, on Sunday. The line canceled stops in Honduras, Harvest Caye in Belize, and Costa Maya and Cozumel in Mexico, according to a letter sent to guests that the line shared with USA TODAY. The ship will instead visit Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic, St. Thomas, Tortola, and Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas instead.

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“While we share your disappointment, these modifications were made with great consideration as your safety, and that of our crew, is always our number one priority,” the letter said.

The line similarly changed a week-long sailing aboard Norwegian Jade that left Port Canaveral on Saturday, replacing planned calls in Falmouth, Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Cozumel with San Juan, Puerto Rico, Tortola and Puerto Plata.

Was your cruise itinerary changed? Here's what to do next

▶ Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Liberty ship moved a planned Friday stop in Cozumel up to Tuesday. The vessel departed on a week-long cruise from New Orleans, Louisiana, on Sunday, according to CruiseMapper .

Carnival Horizon, which is sailing a six-day itinerary that left Miami on Sunday, will skip a visit to Grand Cayman on Wednesday.

“The safety of our guests and crew is paramount, and we are continuing to monitor forecasts and factor in guidance from the National Hurricane Center, U.S. Coast Guard, and the local port authorities to provide timely updates to our guests as more information becomes available,” spokesperson Matt Lupoli said in an emailed statement.

▶ Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Fantasy ship – which set sail on a week-long cruise from Port Canaveral on Saturday – will not visit Falmouth as planned on Wednesday. The stop will be replaced with a sea day .

The center of the storm is expected to “move quickly across the southeastern and central Caribbean Sea today,” passing near Jamaica on Wednesday and the Cayman Islands the following day, the National Hurricane Center said.

Nathan Diller is a consumer travel reporter for USA TODAY based in Nashville. You can reach him at [email protected].

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Norwegian, Carnival and more cruise lines change itineraries due to Hurricane Beryl

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Alaska Airlines ups Mexico service with new routes to La Paz and Monterrey

Sean Cudahy

Alaska Airlines is bolstering its footprint in Mexico with two new nonstop flights launching for the winter season.

In November, the Seattle-based carrier will launch service from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to La Paz International Airport (LAP). With up to three weekly round trips, Alaska said it will be the only U.S. airline to serve La Paz, the capital of the Mexican state of Baja California Sur. The city sits about 100 miles north of the popular Los Cabos resort area.

Then, in February, Alaska will begin daily nonstop flights from LAX to Monterrey International Airport (MTY), joining a handful of other airlines serving the city from the U.S.

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Route details

Here are the details on the two new routes Alaska will launch:

  • LAX-LAP — launches Nov. 20, operates two to three times weekly
  • LAX-MTY — launches Feb. 13, 2025; operates daily

Both routes will be operated with Embraer E175 aircraft, which feature 12 seats in first class, 16 in Alaska's Premium class, and 48 seats in the main cabin.

Monterrey service

In launching service to Monterrey, Alaska will join a handful of U.S. and Mexican carriers that operate nonstop service from that city to the U.S.

The "Big Three" U.S. carriers (American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines) all operate flights from Monterrey to their hubs. There's also a nonstop on Aeromexico to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), the home base of its joint-venture partner Delta.

And Mexican low-cost carrier Viva Aerobus operates flights to close to a dozen U.S. cities from Monterrey, per Cirium.

La Paz service

Though this La Paz service is novel for Alaska, it's technically flown to the city before.

Alaska most recently flew to the city in 2013 and prior, with its regional affiliate Horizon Air operating a Dash 8 turboprop aircraft at the time, according to data from aviation analytics firm Cirium.

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Located on the east side of the southern Baja California peninsula, La Paz is close to a 2 1/2-hour drive from Los Cabos International Airport (SJD), the busiest airport in the region.

The city is set on the water, and is home to a few hotels you can book on points — including one property that just opened and another that will soon.

Travelers with IHG One Rewards points may want to consider the 115-room Hotel Indigo La Paz Puerta Cortes, which opened in January and features a spa, infinity pool, beach club and two restaurants. It's part of the Hotel Indigo brand's fast global expansion .

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Meanwhile, the 90-room Perla La Paz is set to join Hilton's Tapestry Collection following a $10 million renovation of the property, which dates back to the 1940s. The hotel should open in January, according to Hilton's booking channels.

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Bottom line

With these two flights, Alaska will offer service to a total of 10 Mexico destinations from LAX in February, at the height of the winter season.

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The carrier specifically noted the strong interest in warm-weather destinations during the winter months as a rationale for these launches.

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Cellphone Outage in Europe Leaves Many U.S. Travelers Disconnected

The disruption affected mostly visitors with AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon service, cutting them off data networks across the continent for 24 hours or more.

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By Derek M. Norman

Many travelers from the United States lost a crucial tool to check maps, make reservations, use ride-hailing apps and more because of a cellular data outage that began affecting users of AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon on Wednesday.

The affected travelers, mostly in Europe, posted on social media, seeking answers about what caused the outage and how long it would last. Some reported being unable to make phone calls, send texts or use online services without Wi-Fi for as long as 24 hours. It is unclear what caused the outage, which appeared to extend from Britain to Turkey.

If you are in europe and your phone's data isnt working, verizon cannot help. according to their tech support, it is in the hands of Syniverse to fix so dont spend hours having verizon try to trouble shoot it. verizon read me a statement from syniverse but i see no mention online https://t.co/3FJsMQ531L — Chase 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 (@ChasejustChase) June 27, 2024

An AT&T spokeswoman said that the carrier’s network was operating normally, but that some customers traveling internationally might be experiencing service disruptions because of an issue outside the AT&T network. The company said it was working with one of its roaming connectivity providers to resolve the issue.

Verizon told some of its customers on social media that it was also aware of the issue and that its teams were working with local providers to resolve it.

A T-Mobile representative said the carrier was one of “several providers impacted by a third-party vendor’s issue that is intermittently affecting some international roaming service” and was also working to resolve it.

George Lagos, a 70-year-old real estate developer from Dunedin, Fla., who is visiting the Greek island of Crete with his family, noticed on Wednesday that his T-Mobile cellular data was not working. For about 24 hours, he said, he was not able to reach the people he had made plans with, though luckily, they had already gone over the details together.

“You know it’s an inconvenience, but it wasn’t a disaster,” said Mr. Lagos, whose service appeared to be restored by Thursday evening. “I didn’t miss a flight. I didn’t have a taxicab looking for me or anything.”

But there was a more serious concern: His wife’s mother has been sick and Mr. Lagos’s wife could not reach the person who was helping take care of her.

“That probably was the worst thing,” Mr. Lagos said.

Major U.S. carriers all offer some version of an all-inclusive international data plan that allows travelers to use their phones much as they would in the United States.

Though the current disruption appears to be easing, travelers affected by such outages have other options to connect. Swapping out a physical SIM card — for phones that still have one — can allow you to connect to a local network. (These typically come in pay-as-you-go or prepaid packages.) For newer phones, apps like Airalo provide relatively inexpensive electronic SIM card packages in many international destinations. And of course, you can always seek out a secure Wi-Fi network.

Follow New York Times Travel on Instagram and sign up for our weekly Travel Dispatch newsletter to get expert tips on traveling smarter and inspiration for your next vacation. Dreaming up a future getaway or just armchair traveling? Check out our 52 Places to Go in 2024 .

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Southern France:  The Canal du Midi traverses the Occitanie region and gives cyclists of all skill levels  access to parts of France that are rich in lore .

Port Antonio, Jamaica:  The D.J. and music producer Diplo recommends spots in a city he loves  on Jamaica’s northeast coast. A dance party makes the cut.

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  1. International Plans: Cruise and Inflight

    Traveling outside the US: 908-559-4899. Dial the toll-free number for the country you are visiting. Find the toll-free number. (toll charges will apply). Verizon makes it easy to stay connected at sea or in-flight. Add a Cruise or In-Flight Daily Pass to your line to make the most out of your international travel.

  2. How to Stay in Contact on a Cruise Ship

    Follow these tips to create a cruise-ship-connectivity game plan that works for you. Verizon's Cruise Daily Pass for use on cruise ships. With the Verizon Cruise Daily Pass you get 0.5 GB data 1, 50 calling minutes 2 and unlimited text messages, all for just $30/day (24-hour session) to use while on board select cruise lines. You can add the ...

  3. International Travel FAQs

    My Verizon website: On your International Plan page, go to Use our Trip Planner. My Verizon app: In your account, select Plans & Services. Choose a line. In Additional Services, scroll to International Plans and then add new plan. Text: Add TravelPass anytime, anywhere by texting Travel to 4004.

  4. International phone plans and travel services

    While in the US: (800) 711-8300. Travelling outside the US: 1 (908) 559-4899. 1. Dial your country's toll-free number. 2. Enter your 10-digit mobile number when prompted by the International Hotline.

  5. In-flight Daily Pass and Cruise Daily Pass FAQs

    The $20/day per line charge for In-flight Daily Pass only applies when you activate an In-flight Daily Pass session. The 24-hour session starts when you use data. Data includes background data (e.g., software updates, app refreshes, syncing, social media notifications, etc.). If you don't want the session to activate, turn off cellular data on ...

  6. Plan your trip overseas with our travel planner

    International. trip planner. Find the best International plan for your trip. Whether you're staying close and traveling to Mexico or Canada, going overseas or taking a cruise, we'll help you find the best plan to keep you connected.

  7. Complete Guide to Using Your Phone on a Cruise (Carnival, Royal

    The cruise line offers VOOM internet access across its fleet, which is touted as one of the fastest wi-fi services of any major cruise line. With it, you can hook up your phone to wi-fi and make calls (via wi-fi), text, use apps, and browse the web. Prices are not set in stone, but vary between around $15-25 a day.

  8. What to Expect on a Cruise: Using a Cell Phone

    Yes, you can use the ship's phone to call home. Prices are high, but can be a little less than what your cellphone company will charge you. For instance, Royal Caribbean charges a hefty $7.95 ...

  9. International services & pricing while traveling outside the ...

    Bring your own device: Receive up to $540 promo credit ($360 on postpaid Unlimited Plus or $540 on Unlimited Ultimate) when you add a new smartphone line with your own 4G/5G smartphone. Promo credit applied over 36 months; promo credits end if eligibility requirements are no longer met. Offer may not be combined with other offers.

  10. International Travel Coverage Map

    International Travel Coverage Map. World Device. (with GSM) Prepaid Device. (with GSM) 5G Data, Voice / Messaging. 4G LTE Data, Voice / Messaging. 3G Data, Voice / Messaging. 2G Data, Voice / Messaging.

  11. Verizon in Mexico

    Rosarito Baja MX. #2. Posted 39 minutes ago. If you have the ship's WiFi you will go to airplane mode and then turn on WiFi and log into the ships WiFi. It's best to enable WiFi calling at home just to make sure it works. You should be able to do everything (text, call, surf web, etc) using just the ship's WiFi.

  12. Best Time to Cruise Cozumel: What to Expect, Crowds, Weather

    Cruise Ship Docked in Cozumel, Mexico Daily temperatures tend to hover around 80°F, with far more tolerable humidity than the summer and fall months. Rain and cloud coverage are also minimal ...

  13. Hurricane Beryl disrupts major cruise line itineraries. Here are the

    In an email sent to passengers on the June 29 sailing, Royal Caribbean confirmed that "high waves and strong winds" around their intended path to the Eastern Caribbean were causing them to modify the itinerary. Instead of visiting St. Thomas and St. Maarten, the world's largest cruise ship will now call at Cozumel and Costa Maya, Mexico before spending the day at Perfect Day at CocoCay on July ...

  14. Hurricane Beryl intensifies into an 'extremely dangerous ...

    Tropical Depression Three is located about 185 miles east-southeast of Tuxpan, Mexico, and is moving west at 12 mph with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.

  15. Hurricane Beryl has cruise lines changing ports of call

    Royal Caribbean notified passengers via email of the itinerary change intended to avoid strong winds and high waves on the sea. Wonder of the Seas, which left Port Canaveral June 30, will skip two ...

  16. Verizon Cell phone on Cruise to Mexico

    Baja California forums. MaMMeema. Portland, Oregon. 14 posts. Verizon Cell phone on Cruise to Mexico. 6 years ago. Hello, I'm going on my first cruise in a few weeks and I'm confused about cell service. It's a Carnival cruise line if that makes a difference. One thing urges you to buy Wifi (at ridiculous prices of course) but another page says ...

  17. Massive AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon outage for US customers ...

    An international roaming outage is leaving customers of the three major US mobile carriers in the dark, making it difficult or impossible for American customers who are currently out of the ...

  18. Jamaicans prepare for the arrival of Beryl

    Cruise ships in the Caribbean are shifting their itineraries to avoid the path of Hurricane Beryl. Carnival Cruise Line has altered the course of two of its ships — Horizon and Liberty — that ...

  19. Hurricane Beryl: Season's first hurricane barrels toward the Caribbean

    On Sunday afternoon, Tropical Depression 3 formed in the southern Gulf of Mexico about 185 miles east-southeast of Tuxpan, Mexico, with sustained winds of 35 mph. It became the season's third ...

  20. Hurricane Beryl: Miami cruises, airline flights affected

    Grandeur of the Seas' July 1 sailing will now visit Yucatan (Progresso), Mexico, on Day 4 and Cozumel, Mexico, on Day 3.. Wonder of the Seas' June 30 sailing will now have a Sea Day on Day 5 ...

  21. Correct answer: Community Forums

    You can also text for no charge. Calls to Mexico would be like a long distance call from your home. This is only available on a few phones, so it may not even be an option for you. If you want access on the ship and your cruise line company is listed below, you can get 100 minutes, 100 sent texts, and 100 MB for $40 for a 30 day period (even if ...

  22. Americans Ready to Set July 4 Travel Records

    Some 60 million people will drive with nearly 6 million flying to their destinations, while around 4.6 million people will take buses, trains or cruises during the holiday period, according to AAA ...

  23. Norwegian, Carnival and more cruise lines change itineraries due to

    Norwegian Cruise Line altered nearly the entire itinerary for a week-long sailing on its Norwegian Breakaway ship that departed from Miami, Florida, on Sunday. The line canceled stops in Honduras ...

  24. r/Cruise on Reddit: Has anyone used Verizon unlimited plan while on a

    Not on that particular itinerary but I have used my Verizon plan onboard. Basically your unlimited only works on land, even if you're sailing to/from Mexico while at sea you're going to have to pay for cell at sea, you'll get a text letting you know how much it costs. When you're docked you should be good to use it, just make sure it ...

  25. Fire breaks out on world's largest cruise ship

    Crew on board the world's largest cruise ship, the Icon of the Seas, were called on to tackle a fire this week as the gigantic vessel was berthed in a port in Mexico.

  26. Alaska Airlines to launch service to La Paz and Monterrey, Mexico

    Alaska's Mexico route map from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) as of February 2025. CIRIUM. The carrier specifically noted the strong interest in warm-weather destinations during the winter months as a rationale for these launches. Related reading: The best time to book flights for the cheapest airfare; Best airline credit cards

  27. Verizon Users Abroad Say They Can't Connect to Mobile Network

    Customers of major US telecommunications companies including AT&T Inc., T Mobile US Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. are reporting issues connecting to their networks while outside of the ...

  28. Can I Use My Device During A Cruise From California To Mexico?

    You can, but it is not inexpensive. There are no plan (International plan or TravelPass that covers cruise ships. Cruise Ship Rates. You can talk and message on more than 400 cruise ships.

  29. Correct answer: Community Forums

    Mexico is included with select plans and you will not be billed any additional charges. Using your phone on a cruise ship is not covered by your plan. On the cruise ship you will be billed under pay as you go rates. Calls will bill at $2.99 per minute and text messaging will bill at $0.50 to send and $0.05 to receive.

  30. AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile Users Hit by Service Outage in Europe

    The disruption affected mostly visitors with AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon service, cutting them off data networks across the continent for 24 hours or more. By Derek M. Norman Many travelers from ...