Posted August 30th, 2011, 02:12 PM
Last edited by VideoTech; August 30th, 2011 at 02:12 PM
We are off to Alaska on the Star this weekend and I planned on taking my iPad for communication while on the ship. My iPad uses verizon and was curious if the coverage was any good. Thanks.
All I can say is: Don't. Turn the Verizon wireless function off.
Why? You will be using the cell phone service on the ship when you are at sea, which is very expensive. You'll be paying Verizon for roaming data rates, and you'll be paying the ship for use of the their satellite cell phone relay system.
The only time you should turn on the Verizon wireless function on your iPad is when you are docked in port. At that time, you will connecting to shore based cell phone systems. You may still, of course, be paying Verizon roaming data rates if you cannot find a Verizon system.
To better use your iPad on the ship, if you want to use the internet on it, purchase an internet package from the ship, and use the wifi connectivity on your iPad to connect to the ship's wifi internet service. Still not cheap, but way less expensive that doing the same thing over cell phone access.
Here's the relevant pages from NCL.com showing the costs of both.
NCL Escape 6/3/17 Eastern Caribbean
NCL Escape 6/25/16 Eastern Caribbean (Escape & Haven Review)
Celebrity Reflection 12/19/15 Eastern Caribbean
NCL Pearl 8/2/15 Alaska & Glacier Bay
NCL Pride of America, 3/15/14 Hawaii (POA review here) (Hawaii Rental Car Summary)
NCL Jewel, 12/29/13 Western Caribbean
NCL Pearl, 8/5/12 Alaska & Glacier Bay
NCL Dawn, 12/4/11 Southern Caribbean
NCL Spirit, 7/17/11 Western Caribbean
NCL Sun, 1/1/11 Eastern Caribbean
NCL Epic, 8/28/10 Western Caribbean
NCL Pearl, 7/25/10 Alaska & Glacier Bay
RCCL Freedom, 3/15/2009 Western Caribbean
Carnival Glory, 11/8/2008 Eastern diverted to Western Caribbean
Carnival Fantasy, 1/13/07 Western Caribbean