Communications in the Arctic
Ship to shore communication
Staying in touch while travelling to even one of the remotest places on the planet has drastically improved in recent years. On all Arctic ships you will be able to use email whenever you want to by pre-purchasing a data card. Many ships now have quite good WiFi, although it's likely to be localized with the strongest signal in the public areas and reception may be impaired from your cabin, depending on its location.
Phone signal: Land to home communication
There are regions where you will be able to pick up a phone signal. We have experience of watching a blue whale near Longyearbyen and talking to friends in the UK at the same time. That said, coverage is patchy at the very best and should not be relied on. This is even true of most land-based trips across the Arctic, although networks are improving all the time, especially around settlements. It is, however, worthwhile your time checking the costs of using a cell-phone as stories of bills well into four figures are not uncommon.
Plug types in the Arctic regions
Most ships use European plugs but often trips will involve hotels on land in more than one country so we would always recommend taking a worldwide adapter so you are covered in all eventualities.