RCCL launches cell phone service on Majesty of the Seas

MIAMI -- Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises will be the next cruise lines to offer cell phone connectivitiy at sea.

In fact, Royal Caribbean already is offering passengers on the Majesty of the Seas the option to make cell phone calls in international waters. Meanwhile, the cell phone program will launch on the Navigator of the Seas and Celebritys Summit in the next few weeks and on other ships throughout 2005.

The lines parent company Royal Caribbean Cruises struck a deal with Wireless Maritime Services (a joint venture between Cingular Wireless and Maritime Telecommunications Network) to provide technology that enables passengers to make and receive calls on their own cell phones (if that phone has GSM technology), at their own telephone numbers. Passengers will be billed by their own wireless carrier at roaming rates set by the carrier.

Island Cruises, a joint venture between RCCL and First Choice Holidays in the U.K., introduced the mobile-call option earlier this year; in August, Norwegian Cruise Line said it would roll out cell phone capabilities on its ships this year and next.

To contact the reporter who wrote this article, send e-mail to Rebecca Tobin at [email protected].

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