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Old 05-26-2009, 07:44 PM
 
Location: Here... for now
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I read an article today about internet access while cruising. The article seemed to be a couple of years old. Has anyone cruised lately? Were you able to access the internet? if so, will you please answer a few questions for me?

~ Was it wireless?
~ Was it available in your stateroom or only in common areas?
~ Was it fast?
~ Was it part of the cruise package or did you have to pay extra? If extra, how much?
~ Was it available out on the ocean or only in port?
~ Was it limited (say, only email) or wide open?

Thanks for any info you can provide!
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Old 05-27-2009, 07:21 AM
 
Location: SW MO
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We just got back from a Carnival cruise to Key West, Nassau and Freeport Bahamas. We took my laptop.
1. Yes, it is wireless. We only tried using it in our cabin, and reception was spotty.
2. No, it's not fast. When we tried to log on, it took so long the computer timed out. The computer manager was very helpful, tried everything to make sure there was nothing wrong with the settings, but he couldn't get it to go either.
3. No, it's not free. There is a one time connectivity charge (3.95 I think) then you pay by the minute. It is .75 a minute unless you buy a package, then the cheapest was about .40 per minute.
4. It is regular Internet access, you can do everything as far as I know.
5. You can use it anytime, anywhere on the ocean as it is satellite driven.That's one reason it is slower.
We finally gave up and used the ship's computers in the lobby. They were faster but it is still not DSL speed at home. The boat ran specials occasionally where you would get some refunds if you logged in at certain times, mostly when they were in port. Nothing was wrong with my computer-as soon as we hit the hotel in New Orleans it worked fine. I should mention it was running Windows Vista. The computer guy on the boat didn't think that would matter. Hope this helps-based on my experience, leave the laptop home and use the ship's machines. Have a great trip!
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Old 05-27-2009, 12:24 PM
 
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Check with the cruise line, it should have info about it. Example:

Carnival Cruise Lines - Frequently Asked Questions
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Old 05-27-2009, 12:53 PM
 
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Thank you both for your answers! Each was valuable in its own way. PA's link provides factual info (I assume it would be similar across all cruiselines that offer the service), Fire's info provides personal experience. I haven't cruised in a long time and, finances being what they are right now, it may be a while yet before I can go again. Nice to know I'll be able to stay in touch!

Thanks again!
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Old 05-27-2009, 01:13 PM
 
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try cruisecritic message boards - you can go to the discussion about the cruise line and ask specific information for the ship you're going on

i left my laptop at home and avoided the internet cafe due to the costs
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