Using WiFi, Cell Phones and Internet on the Carnival Conquest
You can access the internet on the Carnival Conquest -- there is WiFi on the entire ship. There is also an internet cafe on the Carnival Conquest.
Carnival does provide PC's in an internet cafe accessible via Alfred's Bar on Deck 5. However, if you want to bring your WiFi-enabled laptop, iPhone, PDA, etc., the entire Carnival Conquest is WiFi enabled.
The cost of internet access onboard the Carnival Conquest is as follows:
You can choose from the Carnival pay-as-you go rate for a one-time $3.95 activation charge, and, a 75¢ per minute rate.
Alternatively, you can buy a block of non-refundable minutes for (verified September 2009):
Cruises of 6+ days: 100 minutes for $55.00, 250 minutes for $100.00
Cruises less than 6 days: 30 minutes for $16.50, 60 minutes for $24.00
You can make and receive phone calls and text messages (SMS) while onboard the Carnival Conquest.
Cell phone roaming is enabled on the Carnival Conquest, however, the system can be pricey as the price plans feature international roaming rates and data charges (this can be very expensive). Contact your mobile phone operator to ensure that your account is activated for international roaming and inquire as to per minute rates, per text message rates and data charges -- the costs are not cheap.
As of August 2009, all the major US mobile operators as well as Rogers Wireless in Canada are available on the Carnival Conquest.