My good friends, Stuart St Paul and Jean Heard, run the Doris Visits website, YouTube channel, and Facebook groups.
And a couple of months ago, they started the Doris Visits Podcast.
It’s not just any old podcast.
Nope. This is a specific cruising podcast. And very entertaining, too.
Each week, the podcast episode has a theme.
Sometimes Stuart and Jean will interview a comedian or a magician. Someone who regularly appears on cruise ships.
And, so far, each week they’ve invited yours truly to share a cruise tech tip on their podcast.
I say so far, because I always try to get a corny joke in. 🤣
Anyway… here’s the text of the latest cruise tech tip that I’ve recorded and sent to Stuart for them to include in their next podcast.
Minus the corny joke.
How to Cruise Tech Tip at Sea
When we’re at sea, if we aren’t using the ship’s WiFi, we always put our phones into aeroplane mode, to avoid connecting to the expensive maritime service.
But when we arrive in port, sometimes we wonder if this new destination is included in our phone service provider’s roaming data plan.
So what we do is this:
We remove the aeroplane mode – putting the phone back into the normal function… except that we make sure mobile data is still switched off on the phone.
That allows us to receive a text message, but not connect to expensive data, just in case.
Eventually, a text message arrives, welcoming us to the new country, and telling us how much calls, texts and data will cost from here.
Hopefully, it’ll tell us it’s all free.
If it is free, we switch on the mobile data function.
But if not, we switch everything back into aeroplane mode. And then we look for some free WiFi in port.
If your mobile provider sends you welcoming text messages when you arrive in each new country, hopefully this tip will be useful for you too.