I posted this poll on Facebook asking what people think of this:
But I'll ask here too. It seems like cruise lines are encouraging people to use their smartphones throughout their cruise more and more, even without needing to purchase internet. Things like ordering food or drinks from wherever you are on the ship, checking the daily planner or dinner menus, making reservations, etc. I don't know that I'm a huge fan... cruising was kind of the last major type of vacation where most people went without their phone in their pockets onboard because there's no cell service and internet was either nonexistent or extremely expensive.
The ONE thing I love about it is that on some of the lines' apps (Carnival's at least) you can check off the activities you might want to do throughout the day and your phone will actually get notifications 15 minutes before they start so you don't have to remember when things are. That was very helpful. Otherwise I think I'd rather go back to the time when no one really used much personal technology on a cruise at all.
What are your thoughts?