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I will be purchasing the internet package on Navigator of the Seas for our cruise this month.  Has anyone been able to Face Time with it and do I need to get an international package for my cell phone in addition?  I have two children at home I would like to be in contact with while sailing. 

 

Thank you.

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Hi Gingy5,

 

Navigator isn't known for having the fastest Voom, but I can't speak to whether or not facetime would work.  If you purchase Voom, you won't be needing cellular data (and in fact, you'll want to disable roaming or turn on airplane mode to avoid a giant bill).  Matt and I have some good info on what you'll need to know at the below link.  Give that a read and then let me know if you have any questions.  Hopefully someone can chime in and let us know if they had success with Facetime on Navi.

 

http://www.royalcaribbeanblog.com/2016/07/27/how-stay-touch-someone-your-royal-caribbean-cruise

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Are you able to text message with little issue? Thank you so much for the responses!

So long as your carrier provides WiFi calling features and your phone supports this, you should be able to text using Voom.  Most things will work fine, it's really only streaming video that is a problem - and even then it depends on the ship and a bit of luck.

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For what it's worth, even when I can't live stream video onboard, I've always been able to Facetime.  Must be something with the compression or something.  Hopefully it will work for you!

I've had similar experiences

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  • 3 weeks later...

Verizon is my carrier and since I have the 12GB plan, my phone is automatically covered in Mexico so, when I cruise I will be able to call/text/facetime etc to my teenagers 3 of the 6 days I am cruising!

You likely won't have coverage while sailing, only while in port and when sailing in and out.

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Some areas of the ship will have better WiFi coverage than others. When I was on Freedom, WiFi wasn't great in my cabin but was better in public areas and around the ship. Generally speaking you should be able to e-mail/text/wifi-call just fine, but video streaming may not be crystal clear but it does largely depend on the ship and also its position. 

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