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Why do you need a Travel SIM on a cruise

Posted by unisimcard on 10th Feb 2020

Why do you need a Travel SIM on a cruise

Planning your next vacation on a cruise?

It’s time to go on holiday, recharge your batteries and plug your phone and computer off for some well-deserved R&R.

While shutting off while on vacation seems like the perfect way to really enjoy your time off, fully going off the grid and disconnecting from friends, family and work may not always be practical. As pleasing as turning that “out of office” autoreply is, you may want to have the ability to let your loved ones know what you are up to while you are away.

This is when the big challenge of cruising comes into play.

Despite many cruise ships now offering wi-fi packages, adding these to your shore excursions, onboard shopping, and non-inclusive drinks can put a dent in your budget. You see, cruise lines use proprietary satellites to provide passengers with cellular and wi-fi service. These are not only expensive (most cruise lines charge by the minute), but due to local port regulations, they must be turned off in most ports, leaving you completely disconnected while the ship is docked.

What is a better option?

If you want to save money and avoid the frustration of slow and unreliable internet, we recommend traveling with a travel SIM or eSIM that will work wherever your cruise ship docks. While you won't be able to use it while out at sea, you can use it during your excursions on-shore and as soon as your cruise ship docks by allowing you to access nearby network connections when you are on or near land.

Yes, we know your cell provider offers international roaming, but did you also know that this is often unreliable and costly depending on where you are and what roaming data plan you take? Relying on your local provider may also be limiting when trying to connect to the wi-fi of many on-shore restaurants and cafes as many require you to enter a local number for SMS verification.

With your travel SIM in your phone, you can chat from the beach, get directions from Google Maps, or order an Uber to go back to the port in a much more cost-effective way and with the freedom of unlimited access to fast and reliable Wi-Fi while you wander around town.

With your own travel SIM from UniSimCard, you can choose the best package that accommodates your travel needs. This allows you to access the internet all day while you explore the city. You can fit in all the important things like checking your emails, messaging your family back home, and uploading your travel photos to Facebook. Compare this, for example, to a price of $14.95 per day per person of internet access on a Carnival Cruise plus the roaming charges when you are touring.

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