Living That Mobile Life On A Cruise To Alaska
I remember years ago when “going on a cruise” truly meant disconnecting from the world! It used to be that taking a vacation on a cruise ship was the ultimate opportunity to “unplug” from electronics, get a break from the drama of current events, and escape much of the real world. True, I could have turned off my Verizon smartphone for the 7 day cruise, but what if there was an emergency at home? And, technically I wasn’t on vacation, I was still responsible for my social media clients.
The compromise: I turned my Samsung Galaxy Note 5 on airplane mode as we departed the Seattle Cruise Terminal, and limited my online usage to 10 minutes twice a day. I think this gave me the best of both worlds. I was able to check in with my family via FB, check emails once per day, post photos to Facebook and Instagram, and stay connected with friends on the ship via the NCL app. (Yep, there’s an app for messaging on the ship, making dinner reservations, and checking to see what’s happening onboard)
While visiting the Alaskan ports of Ketchikan, Juneau, and Skagway, I turned off airplane mode and used my Verizon service to phone home. Of course the kids were less excited to hear about my wildlife sightings of bald eagles, prairie dogs, sea lions, and whales…and more interested in what I was going to bring back for them.
When I wasn’t surfing the net, or calling home, I used my Note 5 to photograph the breathtaking scenery. I’ve traveled to 43 states and a few countries, but Alaska is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever visited. Even though I took some amazing photos with my smartphone, you have to experience the “last frontier” in person to appreciate the natural beauty!
Disclosure: As member of a pretty cool team of influencers, I receive some of the latest and greatest devices from Verizon. All opinions are based on my personal experiences.