#3: Cell Service
Unending cell service! Crew members are constantly on the hunt for good wifi so they can keep in touch with everyone back home, but as an American, it’s easier to just use cell service when we are in home port. Unfortunately, that’s only about six hours a week. Oh, and service doesn’t reach into your cabin, so you are forced to get up, get dressed, and get out of your room before you can text a friend.
Once upon a time, again during my first contract, I had no cell service at all. I had come on board straight from London after spending four months traveling abroad, and prior to starting that trip, I had shut off my phone. I didn’t want the added expense of a phone bill while not holding a job. When I started working on the ship, I just left my service off. That meant my only contact with family, friends, and the rest of the world was through oh-so-precious wifi. I spent a lot of time in Starbucks.