Now that some cruise lines are offering faster Wi-fi and/or at a reasonable flat rate, are you more likely to book a cruise on one of these ships?
Wi-fi on Cruise Ships
For me it is still the itinerary that motivates me to book a cruise. So, Wi-fi accessibility or reasonable rates probably would not influence me. I think, though, that this is the wave of the future. Passengers want faster & cheaper Wi-fi. Cruise lines are going to have to provide it.
Unless I want to blog to this site every few minutes while I'm cruising------like that's going to happen......I won't be looking for that option.
I enjoy unplugging when on a ship, no phone, fax or wi-fi. I would not pick a ship based on wi-fi. I can get free wi-fi at a cafe in almost every port if I need it.
Thanks johngold and JustMe for joining in the discussion. Basically, I do agree with you both. What does concern me is using unsecured Wi-fi around the world. When we were in third world countries on our cruises last year, we were warned about hackers. Nothing happened but it did make me think twice about accessing the Internet in these ports.
I do know that there are plenty of passengers who still need to be connected for business purposes or for family or health reasons. I do think that it is about time that the cruise lines addressed the problem of poor Internet speed and its cost. I took a river cruise a couple of years ago and I was able to access the Internet right from my cabin. Yet, on the ms. Amsterdam I wasn't even able to access my cruise statement from my stateroom. I had to request a printout from the front desk every few days.
I don't pick a ship based on Wi-fi, which is too expensive and slow. If available on our next cruise, I might use Carnival's social media package; it's limited, but it doesn't cost as much.
I keep a Chrome Book for travel, it will not allow any drivers to be down loaded and is very secure. I do not keep any financial nor personal information on it. I have used it in Europe on a few trips and no problems. I also have used my Cell phones VOIP to make calls home from a penny a minute when I had to check in on family members at home.
I have to have WiFi for work even though I am supposed to be enjoying my vacation. The satellite Wifi is extremely slow. I am happy that they are working on that with a faster Wifi. It would be great to have a flat rate for all of my devices instead of charging by the minute.
I'm not plugged in all the time by any means but I would like to be able to contact home now and again for personal reasons.
If NCL is going to add food to the menu that will come with a cost, I think that will be great, but if they are charging for regular room service, then no!