Royal Caribbean, the second largest cruise line has improved their internet wifi system and it is ready to go.
We talked about this recently. Historically, wifi has been (and still is) very expensive. Think 75-cents a minute. Cruise Speakers often can get discounted “crew rates” – but you have to ask in advance to get on the approved list.
The Quantum of the Seas is the first vessel with the new capability. No longer will you suffer at dial-up speeds. Connections will even be possible in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.
Royal has released their pricing structure for wifi on their ships. But beware, don’t expect a bargain here. This is a profit center and I recommend getting in/out quickly. Streaming the latest Netflix can cost you more than the trip! Ready? Here we go:
Basic cruise plan
Hourly plan (60 minutes used anytime): $20
Daily plan (24 hours of continuous access): $65
Unlimited for 1 device: $183
Unlimited for 2 devices: $229
Premium cruise plan
Hourly plan (60 minutes used anytime): $25
Daily plan (24 hours of continuous access): $76
Unlimited for 1 device: $224
Unlimited for 2 devices: $280
Premium Plus cruise plan
Hourly plan (60 minutes used anytime): $35
Daily plan (24 hours of continuous access): $114
Unlimited for 1 device: $320
Unlimited for 2 devices: $400
Speeds will be throttled for the cheaper plans. My advice – use the port’s internet cafes. Many are now giving free wifi right in the passenger staging/gift area! Also, restaurants and bars often are free – if you buy a drink!
In related news, RC will be installing 55,000 tablet computers on the Quantum of the Seas. Crew staff were given Hexa Electronics Android tablets to use as they want. 15,000 Dell Tablets (also Android) for bought for business functions on the ship. I would love to have been that salesman!