Posted April 29th, 2012, 11:03 AM
I have to make a very important long business related phone call from one of my first ports of call during my European trip. I have two options: Call from the ship and pay $7.95 per minute, or call from one of those payphones I usually find at the dock and yell over the crowd. (I don't own a monthly rate cell phone) And why do they pick such noisy locations for the bank of payphones?
Recently I have noticed a general decrease in phones at Internet cafes at the various ports of call that have telephone booths. It is getting harder and harder to find any phones at all at many ports of call.
Why do they make it so hard to call home while cruising? What do you do if you need to make important longer calls back to America while cruising?
You aren't finding payphones because they are out of style with most people having cell phones, ipads and laptops with them while traveling. Simple as that supply and demand less demand for public phones the less they will have on the streets. Why they put them in the locations they do is simple because its were the people are.
I don't know what you do for a living but might the company have cell phones for business calls that you could take with you and only use for work. For my old company we had satellite phones for people leaving the country on company trips or personal vacations who may need to call the office for meetings.
If privacy and silence is needed your best option IMO is from the ship - maybe you could have the company reimburse you for cost of the call??