There are many seafarers in Sri Lanka who take jobs in the merchant vessels and cruise ships that are operating in the high seas. Mean while there are many other seamen also working in the costal line operating ships around Asia region. They can call their homes in Sri Lanka through their ship radio operator. The ship radio operator will contact a costal radio station and will get the necessary phone connection between the ship phone and the desired phone line.
The phone will give one way connection. The person in the ship has a speaking mic with a press button. When he presses the button he can't listen anything from the other side. Pressing this button he can speak and the person in the other end can listen to the person in the ship.
When the person finished his sentence he should say over and release the button on the mic, so the other person in the land can start to the conversation. Once he finishes the sentence he also must say over. So the person in the ship will press the button in the mic and will start to speak. Like this they have to make the call. So the person in the land must understand that his voice will not reach to the person in the ship when the person in the ship is talking to him.
Latest calling system through the satellite phone service is now available in modern ships and air planes. This phone call is expensive but it allows both parties to make conversation just like normal phone calls. The passengers in the air lines need to pay for the phone calls through credit cards. While in merchant vessels seaman will be charged in their pay slips and in cruise ships the passengers will be charged at the end of their journey if they have a advance deposit for the services.
If you want to call a passenger or a passenger or an officer or a crew member on a commercial cruise ship it is not easy to do the calling from land. First you must contact the operating company to find out where the ship is at this moment. Also you can use systems like Call ship to locate the desired ship through the internet connected web sites.
Then you must find out the express code of that cruise ship. Each ship has it's own unique call sign. The call sign will identify the particular ship. Once you found out all the details you can call that ship by using the direct for a toll free number.
The bills will come to your credit card or to your home telephone bill by your calling method. The call charge may be around $ 6.95 per minute.
Most of the long distance flying air lines have on-board satellite phone call facility. To make a phone call to your home country or some where else contact the crew of the air line to assist you to make the call. The call charges must be paid through your credit card or debit card. Normally a call to the New York, U.S.A will cost you U.S$ 6.25 per minute.
Also there are many air lines allow passengers to use their own Smartphone to make calls, send and receive SMS text messages and email with out any disturbance to the flight or to the other passengers If you have your roaming enabled Smartphone while on flight ask the flight attendant whether it is possible to use your mobile phone onboard.
Sri Lanka offers maritime where the mobile phone owner is allowed to call and receive phone calls inside some of the selected cruise ships and ferries. Also other than call service you can send and receive SMS short messages in those selected cruise ships and ferries.
This maritime roaming facility is currently available for the Mobitel customers. This service is best for those Sri Lanka seamen who are engaged in those selected cruise ships and ferries. In this maritime roaming mode, if you want to make calls first you have to include the international prefix 00 or + and the country code along with the phone number. For more information on maritime roaming activation and call rate you must contact the hotline of the carrier.
Public holidays, Sundays and Poya days are the best time to make low priced calls to any part of the world from Sri Lanka through out the day and night.
International country code of Sri Lanka is +94 or 0094.