Holland America Adds On Board Cell Phone Use

Holland America Line ships are adding the capability that will allow passengers to use their own cell phones and personal digital assistants (PDAs) while cruising.

The service is currently available on the Volendam and will be operational on all ships by March. Guests will simply make and receive calls and use text messaging as they would on land with their personal cell phone.

Phones and PDAs must be activated for international dialing with the guest’s home provider, but otherwise no special codes or software are needed. International roaming fees apply to all shipboard cell phone calls or messages and appear on the guest’s personal cell phone bill.

Holland America’s new cell phone service utilizes SeaMobile’s proprietary technology, which works with any type of wireless phone. Worldwide roaming agreements established by SeaMobile provide transparent connectivity for wireless services with billing provided by the guest’s home carrier. For more information, visit www.seamobile.com or www.hollandamerica.com.