What TracFones to Bring on a Cruise


When you are going on vacation, you'll want a reliable phone that gives you just what you need without unnecessary, expensive extra features. For this reason, many people turn to TracFones for their short-term phone needs when they are traveling or going on cruises. TracFone offers low rates on prepaid plans and as many or as few minutes as its customers desire.

Available TracFones

  • TracFone offers phones from LG, Samsung and Motorola. All of their phones are relatively cheap and simple. TracFone and the two other major companies that use TracFone, Net10 and SmartTalk, cater to a crowd that needs phone service, but does not need a fancy phone full of bells and whistles.

    TracFone, Net10 and SmartTalk offer flip, slider and bar phone styles. Many people choose TracFone for their short-term service needs because the phones are inexpensive and don't require contracts.

Planned Use

  • Consider what the cruise is going to entail and where the cruise is going. Depending on the activities involved, consider what you will be using the phone for: making calls? texting? checking email from back home? taking and/or sharing photos? What you expect to do with the phone will dictate what style and phone you choose. Many of TracFone's phone options include Bluetooth technology, mobile Web and a camera. Both Net 10 and SmartTalk offer phones with a full keyboard, which is useful when you have a quick email to send.

Look of the TracFone

  • After you have considered what you need out of the phone, consider the general look of the phone you want. On a cruise, you want a phone that looks good and performs. Depending on your preferences, this will help narrow down which phone is best for you.


  • TracFone, Net 10 and SmartTalk often offer deals that include free shipping on orders of a certain dollar amount or deals that include perks like a restaurant gift certificate and your first month of service. Do an Internet search and you may find a coupon code to use at checkout that can save you more money.

Minutes Needed

  • TracFone, Net10 and SmartTalk offer reasonably priced prepaid plans. If you expect to use the Internet heavily for checking email or sharing photos, go with an unlimited plan. They charge a little bit more, but your Internet time will simply be subtracted from your overall minute allowance rather than charging you something like $1 every time you open the browser.

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