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communicating from remote ship--need help please

communicating from remote ship--need help please

May 29th, 2019, 05:38 PM
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communicating from remote ship--need help please

Hi, I'm taking a cruise in the northern passage in Alaska and I've been told that there is practically no cell service. I have a elderly mom that I'll need to call--any advice of how I can do that. should i rent a sat phone? Thanks
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May 30th, 2019, 05:11 AM
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As an alternative to a Sat Phone you could use the ship's wi-fi (presumably they have it) and use Skype or What's App to make a call to your mother. If you already plan to buy an internet package that might be the least expensive method.

Also check out the boat's ship to shore calling rates - maybe that's the simplest thing to do - just use their facilities when you don't have a cell signal
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May 30th, 2019, 07:18 AM
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We haven't established whether you mean the northern passage, or inside passage, but you received a lot of very detailed advice on your threas on the US forum.
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Jun 2nd, 2019, 01:03 PM
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Thanks and it's the inside passage.
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Jun 2nd, 2019, 04:48 PM
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That makes a HUGE difference. Absolutely no need for a sat phone.
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Jun 5th, 2019, 08:01 AM
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Ship's phone rate is high as it is satellite phone.
Call using Skype is best option as it can dial land line.
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