Working on a superyacht is undoubtedly hard work but it can also be a very rewarding experience. After all, the crew gets to travel to some of the most fantastic regions of the world when aboard a superyacht whilst learning valuable skills in the process.
Travelling to so many different regions also comes with its own set of challenges. For instance, crew members that originate from places such as New Zealand, Australia, and South Africa sometimes have a hard time dealing with European bureaucracy. Unfortunately, this includes access to necessities such as cost effective mobile communications.
There are several issues faced by crew members who wish to get a reliable mobile contract, with those coming from outside of Europe facing additional difficulties. Those who do not have a permanent address in a European country of choice, or at least an official document like a residency permit are almost always rejected in their applications for mobile contracts.
As such, crew members are very limited in their choices for mobile solutions. They can choose to sign up for a contract on their home country and pay roaming fees which are often exorbitant,
or get a pay-as-you-go package that is equally or more expensive, or buy local sims when in port.