Easy Roam - avoiding cruise ship satellite service while in port?

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My family and I are going on a cruise to Alaska this summer, and I was planning on using Easy Roam to keep in touch with each other while we are in port, especially if we aren't all travelling together in a herd. However, if I set our phones to roaming ("automatically select network"), I am concerned that if we are on the open decks (or even on the pier close to the ship) while in port, that the phone would pick up the ship's much more expensive satellite service instead. Does any one know what wireless service provider Koodo partners with in Alaska? I was thinking of manually setting the network to the appropriate US carrier on our phones instead of having the phone automatically selecting the network. Would this be a viable workaround in this case?
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AT&T would be your best bet.  Then T-mobile
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Either one of those would be good. You might have to choose one over the other depending on who Koodo's partner is. Ask the cruise operators which network provides the satellite service and make sure they are not selected.
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Usually the cruise ship interconnection is turned off once in a location with strong enough terrestrial cellular service.