Using SKYPE to call a ship??? Can it be done?
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Some family members are getting ready to leave for a New Zealand cruise. Trying to figure out the easiest and most cost effective way to keep in touch. Hmmm... I know they can't use SKYPE on board to call me, but could I call the ship; have them transfer me to their cabin, using SKYPE on my end (here in the U.S.)?I thing the most cost effective way is via email. On my last cruise their was a guy using SKYPE on his laptop to make outgoing calls. For you to call the ship would be very expensive. Probably somewhere in the area of 8 dollars a minute.
My husband also talks to his best friend over in Denmark (from the U.S.) for 2 cents/minute.
What you're describing is what is known as "Skype Out" service where a Skype caller dials out to a landline. The service fees are generally set by Skype's contract with the landline-end country's telephone service. Some countries add on taxes/tarriffs/etc which is what drives up the price. Same thing on cruise ships. So, I don't think that there's any way around the $8/min fee when calling into the ship from the outside, regardless of where you're calling from (US Landline, CAD Landline, Cell phone, skype, etc). I'd be surprised if the call would even go through from the Skype-Out service.
I think your best bet is to fire up the laptop on the ship, use the internet service and do a skype-to-skype call. The bandwidth of the Internet service on the ship will dictate whether this will work or not. Expect long delays (500ms+) as the ship uses a satellite internet service. Also expect calls to drop, etc., as the ship moves and lock on the satellite may not be perfect.
Best of luck!
I heard that even if logged on to the ship's wireless, you can't use SKYPE. But what I'm talking about is calling the ship (and having them transfer to the cabin) that's in New Zealand FROM here in the United States; using my SKYPE program on my computerWhen you call from shore to ship they will ask for a credit card number before they connect you to a ship and they charge you a very high rate per minute. Calling from Skype on your computer in the United States won't bypass that $16 a minute fee.