Just because your cruise ship is heading so far out in to the ocean with no sign of land-based civilization in sight doesn’t mean you that you can’t stay connected with your loved ones back home. Sure, you can hop into the cruiseships internet cafe and make use of your web-based email account, but it’s just not quite the same as hearing a living, breathing human voice.
That’s why Carnival Cruise Lines has teamed up with Wireless Maritime Services, a joint venture of Cingular and Maritime Telecommunications Network, to bring both GSM and CDMA service to you while you make your fifteenth trip to the all-you-can-eat buffet.
It’s not only a few select boats that will be receiving this service. In fact, Carnival’s entire fleet of 21 ships will be outfitted with the tech required to let you yap away on your cell phone for hours on end. This service, of course, comes at a price. Cingular customers are being charged $2.49/minute to chat. There is love for Sprint, Verizon, and T-Mobile subscribers as well, allowing for them to roam, but you can surely expect the rates to skyrocket faster than a shuffleboard puck.