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Has anyone used Travel Pass by Verizon on a cruise? Supposedly it's only $5 per day phone usage when used in Mexico. If so, aside from having it on your account, how'd it work once off the ship? Did you need to change any settings or did it just start working for you? Thanks very much.

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I haven't used Travel Pass but you might want to look into whether or not your phone can do WiFi calling. I used it in Canada at hotels. I was in airplane mode but turned WiFi back on and was able to call as I would normally but at no cost.

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I did no TravelPass activation prior to arriving in Stockholm...and my Verizon iPhone produced a text message saying I was “on”the system. It worked throughout the Baltic...cost was $10/day. Last month I experienced the same messages in Shanghai and in Nagasaki. I hope you have the same ease of use that I did.

 

 

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I used the $10 dollar per 24 hours service on our last vacation in Europe, well worth it, you start it when you leave and it ends when you get back. I used my phone like I normally do.

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I used it once... in Italy. Basically before I leave on a trip I go to Verizon's website and check the countries I'll be in to make sure they are covered. I jot down how to call locally within the country and also how to call home. Maybe there is an easier way to figure out the country codes but I don't know it.

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I use it all the time when in Canada. Never had another charge other than the daily one. It takes a little longer to find the service when we initially get there and it is intermittent. According to my daughter that is standard service with Rodgers Communication up there.

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I have used travel pass in both Mexico and Canada, it was $10 a day and worked great. No additional charges at all other than the $10 per day. It uses your regular data plan. Of course I always have my phone on airplane mode while on the ship so as soon as we would get into port I would take it off of airplane mode and I would receive a notification that my travel pass was working. It was good for 24 hours, so good for the whole day we were in port. Just remember to put it back in airplane mode when you reboard the ship.

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I haven't used Travel Pass but you might want to look into whether or not your phone can do WiFi calling. I used it in Canada at hotels. I was in airplane mode but turned WiFi back on and was able to call as I would normally but at no cost.

 

So Thrak, do I understand you correctly? If you are connected to WiFi and in airplane mode, you can make international calls at no cost? I hope that's what you are saying, that would be awesome. We used Travel Pass when in Canada the past couple of years, but it's gone up from $2 per 24 hours last year to the $10 rate now. Being gone 3 weeks, that adds up.

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So do you only get charged for the days you turn your phone off airport mode (days your in port) or if you were gone on a 7 day cruise would it be $10 a day? = $70

 

I need to check into this either way:)

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Thank you so much for all your replies but can you explain why phone should be on airplane mode on the ship? And what features can I utilize when it's in airplane mode? When on Travel Pass do you get all your voice mail messages when in port and what about emails? Is that part of my data plan? Or should I purchase the internet plan on the ship? You are all so helpful!

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I’m still in tyring to figure out why cell phone contracts cost so much in the USA, they are about 3 or 4 times the price that we pay.

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I’m still in tyring to figure out why cell phone contracts cost so much in the USA, they are about 3 or 4 times the price that we pay.

 

Corporate Greed.

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So Thrak, do I understand you correctly? If you are connected to WiFi and in airplane mode, you can make international calls at no cost? I hope that's what you are saying, that would be awesome. We used Travel Pass when in Canada the past couple of years, but it's gone up from $2 per 24 hours last year to the $10 rate now. Being gone 3 weeks, that adds up.

 

You can make the calls but you are using wifi minutes from the ship. You have to have bought a plan or be Platinum/Elite and using those free minutes.

 

 

Thank you so much for all your replies but can you explain why phone should be on airplane mode on the ship? And what features can I utilize when it's in airplane mode? When on Travel Pass do you get all your voice mail messages when in port and what about emails? Is that part of my data plan? Or should I purchase the internet plan on the ship? You are all so helpful!

 

If you are not in airplane mode you will pick up the ship's satellite signal and it will cost you $$$$$. When you are onboard and want to use your phone for anything you have to have it on airplane mode and then turn on wifi. You will need to have some internet minutes and then you can use your phone via wifi. I do know when I used my phone on wifi I got some text messages. As for Travel Pass... if it is activated it is like you were at home using your regular plan (calls, text, data).

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Corporate Greed.

You are so right, I pay £21 a month for unlimited minutes, texts and 25 gb data, I can use my phone in all of Europe, USA, Canada, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand at no extra cost. £21 a month is $29 all inc.

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So do you only get charged for the days you turn your phone off airport mode (days your in port) or if you were gone on a 7 day cruise would it be $10 a day? = $70

 

I need to check into this either way:)

When you contact Verizon, make sure to ask about their travel pass for a month. When we were in Europe in November, the plan would have been $40 for the whole month instead of $10 per day.

 

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When you contact Verizon, make sure to ask about their travel pass for a month. When we were in Europe in November, the plan would have been $40 for the whole month instead of $10 per day.

 

Lynn

 

That is another plan ($40 for a month and includes a small amount of minutes and data). Travel Pass is $10/day when you use it. You just ask Verizon to add it to your plan. No cost to have it on there. Only cost is when you use it.

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I used Travel Pas while on my British Isles cruise. It was $10 a day only for the days I used it. You can also play it time a little. It wasn't actually a day, it was 24 hours. So if you used it one afternoon in one city and the next morning in another city, it was still within the 24 hour window and only one charge of $10.

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So Thrak, do I understand you correctly? If you are connected to WiFi and in airplane mode, you can make international calls at no cost? I hope that's what you are saying, that would be awesome. We used Travel Pass when in Canada the past couple of years, but it's gone up from $2 per 24 hours last year to the $10 rate now. Being gone 3 weeks, that adds up.

 

I was in Canada when I discovered that Delta had totally trashed my flights for an upcoming cruise. I spent an hour or so on the phone with both Delta and Alaska Airlines and incurred zero cost as I made the call using the hotel WiFi. I simply enabled "advanced calling services" on the phone and it worked just like a normal phone call. I had entered airplane mode but then turned WiFi back on to connect to the hotel system.

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to just receive text while on ship, the cost per Verizon was nominal. but do I also need wifi thru ship internet?

I plan on using travel pass when in port, don't care about internet or email when on ship. Just want to be able to receive text from son if necessary

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You can use Skype to call phones, load £5 / $5 on to your account and you can call landlines for 1c/p a minute. You need WiFi though

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$10 a day! My goodness. With T-Mobile we pay nothing above our regular monthly payment...except that phone calls in some countries do cost us 20 cents a minute. Consider that we travel internationally about 200 days a year. If we had Verizon it would cost us a mere $2000 extra. With T-Mobile...it generally costs us zero And by the way, T-Mobile and many ATT plans include free usage in Mexico.

 

Hank

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If I have Wi-Fi access, I simply use What's App or Viber to call or text people in another country or to call home when travelling. I was in Canada for several months this past summer and paid Verizon$25/month for unlimited calling which made it easy which was great because I was on the phone quite a bit.

 

Yes, communications in the US is extremely pricey from cell phones, internet, cable....you name it.

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Thank you so much for all your replies but can you explain why phone should be on airplane mode on the ship? And what features can I utilize when it's in airplane mode? When on Travel Pass do you get all your voice mail messages when in port and what about emails? Is that part of my data plan? Or should I purchase the internet plan on the ship? You are all so helpful!

We have used Travel Pass on several International cruises, including Mexico, and it works well. You will be notified when entering each country where you will be charged $10 per 24 hours (if you use your phone) which gives you access to the same voice, text and data plan you have at home. If you also use their service on-board ship, you will be charged for all talk, text and data at per-usage pricing. If you want to be available for messages while at sea and not face exorbitant charges, simply disable data roaming instead of placing your phone in airplane mode. The charge for incoming texts (at least on our plan) is only .05 each, and no charge for voice unless you actually connect. Service, however, is not the best so you may not receive the texts until you get in range of a land-based tower.

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You can make the calls but you are using wifi minutes from the ship. You have to have bought a plan or be Platinum/Elite and using those free minutes.

 

I was in Canada when I discovered that Delta had totally trashed my flights for an upcoming cruise. I spent an hour or so on the phone with both Delta and Alaska Airlines and incurred zero cost as I made the call using the hotel WiFi. I simply enabled "advanced calling services" on the phone and it worked just like a normal phone call. I had entered airplane mode but then turned WiFi back on to connect to the hotel system.

 

Thanks to you both. I don't plan on buying any plan from the ship, my phone stays in airplane mode unless we are docked somewhere. There are enough places with WiFi in port that I could access it for free or much less cost. I'll either use Thark's suggestion or go with Verizon's $25/month text & data or $40/month talk, text & data. Or I could do the $10 / 24hours Travel Pass that we've used before. Decisions, decisions.

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IF you choose to use Verizon’s Travel Pass, what settings do you need to enable on your phone once you’re in port? I’ve recently returned from a Panama Canal Cruise. I had checked with my local Verizon store before leaving (as did a friend traveling with me) and we were both told that a text message would pop up on our screen once we disabled airplane mode, allowing us to choose the $10/24 hour plan. Neither of us could get our phones to work! I know there was something we were not doing! I want to be better prepared for my next trip!

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Be advised that not all Verizon phones work so easily. If you bought a phone "off contract" not specifically branded for Verizon, it may not work. This happened to me in Vancouver...I purchased a motor x pure from Motorola...this is a open carrier phone meaning you can put in almost any SIM card and it should work. I tried using the Verizon travel pass and after talking to some people with various cell company stores in Vancouver, they thought the easiest thing to do was to buy a single card from a carrier in Vancouver much like a prepaid phone would work. I was there less than 24 hours so in the end I just found wifi and ysed it for data calling until I got on the ship and then used my platinum minutes.

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IF you choose to use Verizon’s Travel Pass, what settings do you need to enable on your phone once you’re in port? I’ve recently returned from a Panama Canal Cruise. I had checked with my local Verizon store before leaving (as did a friend traveling with me) and we were both told that a text message would pop up on our screen once we disabled airplane mode, allowing us to choose the $10/24 hour plan. Neither of us could get our phones to work! I know there was something we were not doing! I want to be better prepared for my next trip!

 

Google Travel Pass Verizon or something similar. Verizon has on their website a page where you list what phone you have and it will tell you if you can do International calling. You can also list what countries and ship you will be on/in and it will tell you if it applies. Somewhere it also tells you how to call back to US and also how to call within the country. They also have a dedicated 800# for International calling.

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$10 a day! My goodness. With T-Mobile we pay nothing above our regular monthly payment...except that phone calls in some countries do cost us 20 cents a minute. Consider that we travel internationally about 200 days a year. If we had Verizon it would cost us a mere $2000 extra. With T-Mobile...it generally costs us zero And by the way, T-Mobile and many ATT plans include free usage in Mexico.

 

Hank

 

This. I realize this doesn’t address the OP’s question but if there are others reading who are interested in changing their cell provider, it’s definitely worth looking into T-Mobile.

 

 

In almost three months of being overseas, we incurred one 20 cent phone charge when an excursion operator called us back. Otherwise, we used the free internet through T-Mobile and Vonage (For 1 cent per minute! Get the app!!) to make all of our phone calls. We pay $60 per month for TWO phones of unlimited voice, data and testing in the US, Canada and Mexico and unlimited data and texting in 140 countries. $10 a day, heck, even $5 a day seems exorbitant.

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This. I realize this doesn’t address the OP’s question but if there are others reading who are interested in changing their cell provider, it’s definitely worth looking into T-Mobile.

 

 

In almost three months of being overseas, we incurred one 20 cent phone charge when an excursion operator called us back. Otherwise, we used the free internet through T-Mobile and Vonage (For 1 cent per minute! Get the app!!) to make all of our phone calls. We pay $60 per month for TWO phones of unlimited voice, data and testing in the US, Canada and Mexico and unlimited data and texting in 140 countries. $10 a day, heck, even $5 a day seems exorbitant.

 

We have the same plan...and that $60 a month includes all the taxes :). In the interest of full disclosure we should mention that its a plan only available to Seniors (in this case 55+) and the offer could be withdrawn at any time (the history of T-Mobile would be that those who have the plan are Grandfathered). What makes it such a great plan is that everything in Unlimited....and it just works darn near everywhere. For me its been extra nice because I know longer have to drag my old Garmin Nuvi (with European maps) to Europe....as now I can simply use my phone (with unlimited data) as our GPS.

 

Hank

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You can make the calls but you are using wifi minutes from the ship. You have to have bought a plan or be Platinum/Elite and using those free minutes.

 

 

 

Thanks to you both. I don't plan on buying any plan from the ship, my phone stays in airplane mode unless we are docked somewhere. There are enough places with WiFi in port that I could access it for free or much less cost. I'll either use Thark's suggestion or go with Verizon's $25/month text & data or $40/month talk, text & data. Or I could do the $10 / 24hours Travel Pass that we've used before. Decisions, decisions.

 

If you plan to use WiFi calling please make sure your phone supports it. Go to your settings and look for Advanced Calling. If it's there select it and check for WiFi calling and turn it on. Then you can disable your data and check the feature out at home using your own WiFi to verify that it works. You can also use Google to find out if it is supported on your phone.

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Most smartphones now have the ability to make wifi calls. I have made a lot of calls this way and they are all FREE! If you have internet on the ship you can get calls while on board which can be good or bad. Got a call from my M-I-L in our cabin while we were somewhere mid-Atlantic!

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Has anyone used Travel Pass by Verizon on a cruise? Supposedly it's only $5 per day phone usage when used in Mexico. If so, aside from having it on your account, how'd it work once off the ship? Did you need to change any settings or did it just start working for you? Thanks very much.

 

The $5 Verizon Travel Pass plan works for Mexico or Canada. I used it in Canada last June, worked great for those places you dont have access to wifi. Max is $5 per day and you are only charged if you use it that day.

 

I keep cellular OFF when on the ship, just turn cellular back on when you get off the ship and you are good to go

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The $5 Verizon Travel Pass plan works for Mexico or Canada. I used it in Canada last June, worked great for those places you dont have access to wifi. Max is $5 per day and you are only charged if you use it that day.

 

I keep cellular OFF when on the ship, just turn cellular back on when you get off the ship and you are good to go

 

It really depends on "where" you are in Canada. Almost all the way through BC we had zero cellular connectivity. Of course there were no towns so it wasn't all that surprising. Canada is a really big place with not many people so it's kind of dangerous to generalize. There are more people in California than in all of Canada. (Canada is definitely the big winner in that comparison.)

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Anyone know on an IPhone how to set up for WiFi calling?

 

Yes (for most models), Go to Settings and scroll down until you see "phone." Under Phone you should have a "WiFi Calling" which you need to turn on. HOWEVER, this will only work if it is supported by your Cell phone carrier and you may need to set this up with your carrier before you leave home. Another issue is whether your ship's WiFi is fast enough and supports phone via WiFi. A recent post indicated that Carnival no longer allows WiFi calls.....but not sure this is true since its been a long time since we cruised on that line..

 

Hank

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Thanks Hank!! Just did it and tested it by calling someone. It worked. This will come in handy while traveling out of USA and I am with free wi-fi somewhere.

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To call California from Mexico do I just dial the 1 and then the number, or something more complicated? Thanks.

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