Yes, but its always advisable to wait until you are in port and on land, because, even providing you are able to get a signal while at sea or in port, mobile phone use always proves expensive while on the ship, as you’ll be using the ship’s signal. It’s better to restrict your phone usage to only vital calls for short durations and be sure to tell friends and family that you are away, as it is the case with a number of mobile phone providers that you will incur a charge for receiving calls while overseas, not just for making them. A number of ships now offer Wi-Fi hot spots, so purchasing an internet use package to use through your mobile device while on-board for email and other messaging services would be the most cost-effective way to keep in touch with people while you’re away. Also, while ashore, be on the lookout for public areas which offer free Wi-Fi facilities.
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