Bubba54
Contributor Level: Captain

Carnival Internet question

We are heading off on our first Carnival Cruise in years. So I have a question in regards the internet. I was looking at the website and they have a Value and Premium plans. Which would you recommend?

 

I could care less the the wife loves her internet. Thanks for any info you can provide. 

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ToddTheCruiser
Contributor Level: Staff Captain

Bubba... I can only tell you what I've read lately... Seems the internet on Carnival and other lines is that it sucks and it's work in progress.  Not worth the price which is not much... I've read it can drain your battery just trying to use it.  Hopefully someone here can speak from experience...

BAK1061
Contributor Level: Captain

The best thing about Carnival's internet, is their website is free, so if you want to stay in touch with the kids.........nevermind.     Funville is no longer in service.

Yeah, most of the minutes you purchase go to the delay in getting online.

ToddTheCruiser
Contributor Level: Staff Captain

Agreed from what I've read.

Bubba54
Contributor Level: Captain

Thanks guys, I will pass on the info let the boss decide.

CruiselineSarah
Moderator
Contributor Level: Third Mate

They also have a social plan which is $5 per day - if she mainly wants to just go on social media that's the most cost-effective and if it's slow, at least you're only out $5 each day. It's cheaper if you buy it online in advance, too.

glomarrone
Contributor Level: Admiral

Yes, I was going to mention the Social Media Plan for $5 a day.  Internet connection is pretty poor on all the cruise lines right now.

I have to check in with my students, make sure assignments are opening and closing and just be available for them even while on the cruise. Carny has 3 levels of Internet, I do not take my own laptop, I just use the computers onboard. It does take time for it to process, so I would not recommend any of my students taking a test while on the ships internet. It also loses connection when the ship leaves port, experienced that last fall while trying to answer a students email. The Internet Café is in the Atrium, so I had plenty to watch (and drink since I had the CHEERS package that cruise due to how we situated everyone over 2 cabins) and did not notice how long it took to really connect, but I remember thinking, "I could quite possibly run a message over to the mainland before this sucker loads".

 

I have not tried FaceTime, ETC, I am like you, I really could care less about Angry Bird Tournaments, billiards online or even Facebook while I am on a cruise. I have a strict no posting rule for our family so as not to publish when we are not in town.

 

We purchased the $16 a day plan so I could access my classes easier, one of the boys did use his smartphone to the wireless package every second I was not using it for classes. He was told that if he ran up our cellphone bill, he would be opening up his bank account to pay for it. He set it up correctly in airplane mode. Still, I would not hook my phone up, I want to unplug as much as possible during my cruise.

 

Hope this helps in some small way.

Brian

RGJoyce
Contributor Level: Second Mate

I have been doing my research on this since my last cruise on carnival was 10yrs ago & things have changed. Back then, it was pay by the minute sort of deal & since I wanted to check in with my mom who had our 4yr old at the time, I would write an email up in a notepad type program then log in to my email, quickly copy & paste it, hit send & log out again. The next day I would check for a reply but it would be the same deal. Never on for more than a minute or two & only checked in twice while I was actually on ship. We are sailing again in Dec & while our kids will be with us this time, I still want to be able to keep in touch with my mom. Since I don't care about email, I am going with the Social Package which is $4 booked in advance, $5 booked on board. This allows me access to numerous social media outlets including Facebook messenger so I can contact my mom that way. I am also going to set up a roaming package on my cell phone that my phone provider offers (I am in Canada) & I only pay if I use it. It will cost me $5/day in the US & $10/day international (our 4 ports of call) up to a maximum of 100mb/day. But again, if I don't use it then it won't cost me anything. Chances are I will only check in with my mom when we arrive in Orlando, once from the actual ship & again when back in Orlando. While on ship I plan to use Carnival's hub app if hubby & I get separated & want to touch base.

Bubba54
Contributor Level: Captain

Thanks everyone!

BonMike
Contributor Level: Captain

Instead of using the Internet while on the ship, and missing out on all the fun stuff going on , perhaps she can wait to use it in the ports. Crew members will be able to tell her where to find free internet, and restaurants may have a small sign in the window of they have it. 

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