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Can someone please explain Voom to me?  How it works, what you can do with it etc. I'd like to be able to text my husband while on our cruise and would like to know if this is the way to do it.

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Voom is on board WiFi connectivity to the internet, you can either get "Surf" and/or "Surf and Stream", I personally get the surf and stream for my wife so she can keep up with Facebook and other things on her iPad and Smart phone. I turn my phone off and leave it off, I'm on vacation.

My understanding is that texting is the way to go, it is the most cost effective way to communicate, done with Voom. I'll ask one the other more technical members to add in, I think it is best that you leave your phone in airplane mode so that you are not accidentally using data/Roaming data while on the ship and when you get into port. if you want to use your phone in port, make sure you activate an international plan with your carrier before you leave depending on where your cruise is traveling to.

Pinging @twangster and @monorailmedic for their input. I have also attached an article for the Blog page.

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

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Not on the ship, because theoretically you are not roaming, you are in Airplane mode but texting will still work through your WiFi connection, there is also a feature on most smart phone of WiFi calling but I have not done that yet, so I'm hesitant to comment.

If you don't activate an International plan, then yes if you turn your phone on while in a port, you will connect to that islands Cellular carrier, and you would be roaming.

Your cell phone is constantly exchanging data with the cell network, so with your phone on without a plan you are "Data Roaming" even if you don't physically use you phone, I have seen horror post on blogs where people returned from a cruise and had thousands of dollars of data roaming on their cell phone bill, much more cost effective to pay $30.00 for an International plan.

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There are some caveats to texting that vary depending on type of phone.  Apple iPhones have iMessage that between Apple devices works the same over the ship wifi as it does at home.

True SMS text messaging is a cellular feature that only works over Voom if your phone and carrier support wifi calling.

For Android phones on Voom you may be best to use a free wifi messaging app like WhatsApp.

You can try this at home before you leave to see how purchased Voom will work - At home where wifi is available place your phone in airplane mode.  Turn on wifi and connect to your home wifi.  Try texting or calling your husband.  Does it work?  That is pretty much how it will work over Voom.  If it doesn't work contact your cellular provider and ask about wifi calling and texting over wifi while in airplane mode.  

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We do not have wifi calling on our phones and have successfully used an app called Voxer. You can send/receive messages in writing or in voice (kind of like a walkie-talkie but not in real time live) when connected to any wifi (which you would have by purchasing Voom. The app is free to download and use (although I think you can pay to get a "live" walkie talkie feature). We have android phones and our children have iPhones. It does work across both platforms. We used it on our last cruise on Adventure and had no issues. As others have said, make sure that your phone is in airplane mode and that wifi is turned on and test it out at home.  The website is http://www.voxer.com/

Keep looking at your Cruise Planner. From time to time, they have good deals on either just Voom or together with either the deluxe drink package or soda package. Just as a point of reference, we paid $18/day for the refreshment package and $21/day for the soda/Voom Surf and Stream package for our upcoming cruise. (we do not drink enough to make an alcohol package cost effective-we just pay as we go for those drinks). If you buy any of the packages, excursions, etc. and then see them later on for a lower price, you can cancel and rebook to take advantage of the savings.

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Once you have Voom (there's no 'r" in Voom - this is not important, but will help the nerd in me from noticing every time :10_wink:) you're connected to the internet - just like if you'd connected at home, a local coffee shop, or anywhere else.

If you want to use applications like Facebook Messenger, Voxer, WhatsApp, etc to keep in touch with people on land or on the ship (provided they also have Voom), then go for it - it will work just like if you were on land.  If your phones and calling plan support WiFi calling (and most newer phones and major carriers do - just make sure it's enabled) then once connected to the internet you can also call and text just like on land without any additional charges.

What you want to be sure you do either way, is keep your phone in Airplane Mode. Why?  If not, you could connect to the ship's cellular network, which carries absurd roaming charges - so staying in roaming mode will keep that from happening.

I hope this clears things up.  Let us know if you have any additional questions.

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Thanks, monorailmedic.  I noticed the mis-spelling of Voom, but by the time I caught it, it was too late.

That was the most clear and consise explaination of what it and how to use it!  I appreciate that answer very much.

LadyB

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7 hours ago, hayley_bopp said:

Do C&A members get a discount on Voom and if so what level do you need to be?

Here is a comparison of Voom costs for various C&A levels assuming a pre-cruise price of $15.99 per day.  This compares the cost of buying it on board with a C&A discount versus buying it in advance.  $15.99 appears to be a common pre-cruise price for Surf and Stream.  Sales do happen from time to time with a lower price. 

I often use what I call my "Day 2 Strategy".  Since you are in port on the day you board you likely have cell coverage until around 5-6pm.  On each day of the cruise the onboard price is reduced since there are fewer days remaining.  By waiting until day 2 (or midnight on day 1) the onboard full voyage price is reduced by one day.  By going without internet from 6pm to midnight you save ~$20.  If you can wait until day 3, you save even more.

Also attached as a PDF below which is easier to read.

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Voom Comparison.pdf

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52 minutes ago, twangster said:

Here is a comparison of Voom costs for various C&A levels assuming a pre-cruise price of $15.99 per day.  This compares the cost of buying it on board with a C&A discount versus buying it in advance.  $15.99 appears to be a common pre-cruise price for Surf and Stream.  Sales do happen from time to time with a lower price. 

I often use what I call my "Day 2 Strategy".  Since you are in port on the day you board you likely have cell coverage until around 5-6pm.  On each day of the cruise the onboard price is reduced since there are fewer days remaining.  By waiting until day 2 (or midnight on day 1) the onboard full voyage price is reduced by one day.  By going without internet from 6pm to midnight you save ~$20.  If you can wait until day 3, you save even more.

Also attached as a PDF below which is easier to read.

5a8d8db3b90a4_VoomComparisonCandA1599.thumb.jpeg.575843704ce539c347b8985e25837807.jpeg

Voom Comparison.pdf

Absolutely brilliant. I may adapt your analysis to include a row for cruise planner sales and perhaps Surf and Stream per device cost when discounted in the Cruise Planner. This would add 12 rows per discount level for comparison if I do 1, 2, 3 and 4 devices. If the Olympics are boring tonight, that's what I will do.

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5 minutes ago, DunkelBierJay said:

Absolutely brilliant. I may adapt your analysis to include a row for cruise planner sales and perhaps Surf and Stream per device cost when discounted in the Cruise Planner. This would add 12 rows per discount level for comparison if I do 1, 2, 3 and 4 devices. If the Olympics are boring tonight, that's what I will do.

Thanks.  I have it set for conditional formatting so if I adjust the cruise planner price in the lower left it recalculates the sheet and colors change to indicate the best choice (green). 

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1 hour ago, twangster said:

Here is a comparison of Voom costs for various C&A levels assuming a pre-cruise price of $15.99 per day.  This compares the cost of buying it on board with a C&A discount versus buying it in advance.  $15.99 appears to be a common pre-cruise price for Surf and Stream.  Sales do happen from time to time with a lower price. 

I often use what I call my "Day 2 Strategy".  Since you are in port on the day you board you likely have cell coverage until around 5-6pm.  On each day of the cruise the onboard price is reduced since there are fewer days remaining.  By waiting until day 2 (or midnight on day 1) the onboard full voyage price is reduced by one day.  By going without internet from 6pm to midnight you save ~$20.  If you can wait until day 3, you save even more.

Also attached as a PDF below which is easier to read.

5a8d8db3b90a4_VoomComparisonCandA1599.thumb.jpeg.575843704ce539c347b8985e25837807.jpeg

Voom Comparison.pdf

Wow! That's dedication to the message boards right there! Thanks so much!

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1 hour ago, twangster said:

Here is a comparison of Voom costs for various C&A levels assuming a pre-cruise price of $15.99 per day.  This compares the cost of buying it on board with a C&A discount versus buying it in advance.  $15.99 appears to be a common pre-cruise price for Surf and Stream.  Sales do happen from time to time with a lower price. 

I often use what I call my "Day 2 Strategy".  Since you are in port on the day you board you likely have cell coverage until around 5-6pm.  On each day of the cruise the onboard price is reduced since there are fewer days remaining.  By waiting until day 2 (or midnight on day 1) the onboard full voyage price is reduced by one day.  By going without internet from 6pm to midnight you save ~$20.  If you can wait until day 3, you save even more.

Also attached as a PDF below which is easier to read.

5a8d8db3b90a4_VoomComparisonCandA1599.thumb.jpeg.575843704ce539c347b8985e25837807.jpeg

Voom Comparison.pdf

He's a BOT.  I told you !!

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45 minutes ago, jurrjurr said:

Are multi-device price offerings stackable with C&A Tier discounts while onboard?  Looking at 2-Device package.

Yes.  Onboard you'll see something like below (based on which day of the cruise you purchase it).

Note the "with coupon" price - that's the C&A onboard discount.

From 2017 so old prices... 

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41 minutes ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

He's a BOT.  I told you !!

I'm Jibo!  You may have seen me on a recent scope @theRCLBlog

https://www.periscope.tv/w/1BRJjrNorQdJw?q=theRCLBlog

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1 hour ago, twangster said:

Thanks.  I have it set for conditional formatting so if I adjust the cruise planner price in the lower left it recalculates the sheet and colors change to indicate the best choice (green). 

So, when there's a sale, all you have to do is enter the per unit cost...cool! I bet you would have a market for selling that spreadsheet! Is there a macro that changes the color coding?

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9 minutes ago, DunkelBierJay said:

So, when there's a sale, all you have to do is enter the per unit cost...cool! I bet you would have a market for selling that spreadsheet! Is there a macro that changes the color coding?

Not a macro, simple conditional highlighting.  If value is below cell Y, color green, if value is greater than cell X then red, etc.  

I use Numbers on Mac but Excel can do this too.

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