Going on a cruise to the bahamas - what settings to turn off?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by NWI73, Aug 13, 2010.

  1. NWI73 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 22, 2010
    Going on a cruise to the Bahamas next week and was wondering what settings I need to change or turn off to make sure no extra charges are incurred. I want to use the camera and whatever else that doesn't use data or the network.

  2. Small White Car macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    Airplane Mode will kill ALL data and phone connections.

    Did you want to use it as a phone? If not, Airplane Mode is the way to go.
  3. mattkowalski macrumors member

    Jun 3, 2010
    Data roaming is the main one to leave turned off - it kills the data connection when you're abroad (settings -> general -> network).

    I went travelling with mine in Cambodia/Thailand/Laos recently. Motion-X GPS is worth a look. Lets you pre-load maps in advance, so you don't need a data connection once you're there.
  4. BDoggPrelude macrumors regular


    Jul 19, 2009
    Put it on Airplane Mode or you will be sorry. Most cruise ships have a cellular at sea signal onboard that basically charges roaming rates to your bill. These rates are obscene though. I've heard plenty of horror stories of people that went on a cruise, didn't turn off their smartphone and came home to a $1000+ phone bill just from constant updates and such that use up data. Whenever my wife and I go on cruises we take our iPhones but they're on Airplane Mode from the moment we leave port to the moment we get back.
  5. Greenman1 macrumors newbie

    Jul 17, 2010
    I too was wondering this, I'm going on a cruise in a few weeks and wanted to know what settings to use so that I won't rack up obscene charges. I just want to bring my iphone 4 and use it as a camera/video recorder.


    1. Make sure roaming is turned off
    2. Make sure airplane mode is turned on.

    Is that it?
  6. Small White Car macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    You can skip step 1. Airplane mode physically turns the radios off. There's no way to roam if the radio has no power.

    Also, add to that a final step: "Turn Wifi Back On." This will leave airplane mode on, but with Wifi. You can use any free Wifi signals you find and Airplane mode will keep the other radios off.
  7. BDoggPrelude macrumors regular


    Jul 19, 2009
    If you're going on Carnival their WiFi service is expensive and slow. Not worth the money at all.
  8. cambookpro macrumors 603


    Feb 3, 2010
    United Kingdom
    I'm on holiday at the moment, my settings are (I'm a better safe than sorry person:

    Wifi ON
    Cellular Data OFF
    Data Roaming OFF
    Notifications OFF
    Push Mail OFF
    Fetch Mail MANUALLY

    No data's getting past that wall!
  9. NWI73 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 22, 2010
    I will turn airplane mode on and leave wifi off. I read that the ship has wifi but you have to pay for it and it's something like .99 per minute. I don't need the net while I'm on vaca anyway. Thanks guys!
  10. April Dancer macrumors regular

    April Dancer

    Apr 11, 2006
    Surrey, UK
    I've just come back today from a transatlantic crossing and my poor phone spent the week on airplane mode although I did use the ship's wifi. Don't be tempted to use the maritime network, unless you fancy a second mortgage! Have a great time :)
  11. marcin0903 macrumors regular

    May 9, 2009
    Just turn off data transmission and turn off data roaming, than you're done, there is no required to turn on the flight mode.
  12. bobr1952 macrumors 68020


    Jan 21, 2008
    Melbourne, FL
    I left my phone on Airplane Mode for most of the cruise I was on recently--also in the Caribbean. I used my phone on US Virgin Islands since ATT is there--and you could also get the ATT signal on the ship. On Carnival, the name of the carrier replaces ATT when you are using their signal--probably the same with all of them.
  13. kernkraft macrumors 68020


    Jun 25, 2009
    Turn off the 'Work' setting and enjoy your holiday! Try not to spend too much time with your gadget, you can enjoy it enough when you are not on holiday in a great location.
  14. iproductsuser macrumors 6502a

    Apr 13, 2012
    I'll be traveling to Jamaica in one week and re hashing this subject back....all I need to do is flip airplane mode on and then flip wifi on when I get to the hotel if they have it and I should be all set, right?
  15. mlmwalt macrumors 6502a

    Jun 8, 2010
    Philadelphia, Pa, USA
    Airplane mode kills WiFi too.

    Turn off Cellular Data and Voice Roaming and you should be good.

    BTW I just spent 2 weeks in Jamaica, their network is CDMA. Roaming there from Verizon is $0.50 per outgoing text, $0.05 incoming texts (I think), and $0.99 per minute voice. Data is insane, $20.00 per MB!!!! Both resorts I went to had WiFi.
  16. SteveAbootman macrumors 6502a


    May 12, 2008
    Airplane will kill everything. You can then go in and turn on WiFi by itself. Fewer taps and drill downs than turning off data and roaming.
  17. nostresshere macrumors 68030

    Dec 30, 2010
    First and most important, do not confuse answers. What happens on the ship at sea, vs ship in port, or while you are in some islands vs others are all different.

    If U.S. Virgin Islands - you are still domestic.
    Each foreign country has different rates. Check your carriers website for details.

    While at sea, you will not get data my mistake. You are required to login. Turing off data roaming is a safety net though.

    Phone calls AT SEA are $2.49 a minute. We always leave ours on and can handle a few calls. Your choice.

    Texts are cheap.

    Your unlimited plans do not apply at sea.

    Cruising - make sure you visit cruisecritic.com
  18. kdarling macrumors P6


    Jun 9, 2007
    First university coding class = 47 years ago
    Depends on how much you need it, of course. Also, if you're in a suite it's often included for no extra charge.

    Personally I usually go to the ship's passenger computer room and pay for just enough time on their desktops to check my email every day or two. The trick is to get on and off quickly, since you're paying by the minute. Don't sit there reading and replying.

    It's a minor miracle that these ships have such comms in the first place. Medium speed (2Mbps down, 1Mbps up) satellite links can cost $1,000 a month just for a single user on a private boat. Last time I checked (admittedly a few years back), cruise ships were paying at least ten times that.

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