Should you take your cell phone on your cruise vacation?
Well, those solitude seekers who get annoyed with people blabbing on the phone constantly might wish you would leave your phone at home (Okay, okay, I admit it: I'm one of them. Don't shoot me!), but you probably don't need to.
You might not get reception all the time, but chances are you will be able to use your cell phone on a cruise ship.
Many of the big cruise lines have contracts will land-based phone companies and often have coverage, even at sea. Rates vary, but expect to pay international roaming rates. When a ship is in port, the ship's network will be switched off, and you'll pay whatever the country's going rate is for mobile calls.
If, however, you don't mind leaving your cell phone at home and you'd love to escape all those constantly chatting types, try booking a cruise for the Arctic, Antarctic, or South Pacific. Chances are good you won't be in range of any networks.