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It’s almost time for us to head off to Southampton for this year’s cruise. We’ll be on A716, Azura to Norway, Iceland, the Faroe Islands, and Northern Ireland.

Normally, as regular readers will know, I buy internet minutes and blog from the cruise. This time, however, I don’t think that’s going to be possible – or at least not to the same extent. The daily cost using P&O’s current internet deals would be prohibitive – I’d certainly need the £10 a day package (£12.50 for odd days), and possibly the £20/£24 a day package, and that’s just too much money. There is the 65p per minute option, but that would quickly add up. In any case, I have a feeling that at those northern latitudes – we’ll be within a whisker of the Arctic Circle when we’re at Akureyri in northern Iceland – the satellite communications get very dodgy.

What I think I’ll do is prepare draft posts off-line and post them when we’re in port, by tethering my iPad to my phone. Thanks to the relevant EU legislation there are no longer any roaming charges within the EU and I have a 12Gb monthly data allowance which I should be able to use without additional charges. So hopefully I’ll still be able to post text posts even if images may have to wait until we return home.

3 Responses to “It's (almost) Cruise time!”

  1. Carol Reed says:

    Hope you have a fabulous time on your cruise. I’m with Three and we can use our minutes/data/texts in our contract in Norway and Iceland. There are changes to roaming in June, so could your contract be the same? Hope you are able to bring us blogs as they are enjoyable.

    • Tom Burke says:

      Thank you, Carol.

      I’m with EE a sim-only which gave me scads of data and free use in the EU anyway, so as it happens the new law won’t make any difference. But it will be interesting tethering the laptop or the iPad to the phone and getting connectivity that way when we’re in port.

  2. Bob Thompson says:

    As always have a great cruise

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