Windstar Cruises, which operates a three-ship fleet of luxury yachts, is offering cell phone service at sea on Wind Star, Wind Spirit and Wind Surf. Cell phone conversations will be encouraged in private staterooms but not permitted in dining areas or lounges. Guests will be asked to silence their ringers or set them to vibrate when in public areas.
Wind Star and Wind Surf service is already running while the network will be installed on Wind Spirit during an upcoming dry dock and ready by the April 18, 2009, seveb-day cruise from Lisbon to Barcelona.
On-Waves Ehf will be the provider of the roaming network that supports GSM and CDMA technology on the ships. Guests will be able to make and receive calls as well as use text messaging, GPRS and EDGE data service on their cell phones. Guests will need to check that their phone is enabled for International roaming with their cellular carrier, and that their carrier is one of the 200 carriers that have roaming agreements with On-Waves Ehf. Charges will be determined by the guest’s cellular service carrier and will appear on their regular monthly cell phone bill.