Carnival Corporation to offer Broadband Wireless Internet Network on its Ships
On Monday, Carnival Corporation, which is the world's largest cruise ship operator, announced that it will provide high speed broadband wireless Internet network across its nine cruise line brands. According to Miami-based cruise Ship Company, passengers of its 101 ships will be benefitted with the services.
The company stated that WiFi@Sea will use antennas and satellites that will be installed along with routes of the cruise to provide onboard Internet to passengers.
Currently, cruise provides various internet packages to passengers. Apart from that, cafes on cruise offer Internet facilities. But the problem with them is that they have traditionally been slow.
According to the officials of Carnival Corporation, the passengers have asked for high speed Internet in recent years.
Carnival Corporation's senior vice president and global chief information officer, Ramon Millan, said, "In the past, people wanted to be on vacation and be disconnected. Recently we've found that people want to be connected. Knowing you have that option allows you to relax even more".
According to Millan, passengers will use Internet as they use it on their cell phones. While moving across a coverage area, network will be changed from one data connection to another. Carnival ships have the facility of Internet, but the new techniques will offer 10 times faster connectivity than previous offers, Millan added.
According to the company, pricing could vary depending upon cruise line brands. All of the ships of the company are expected to have new network by 2016.
Most of Carnival's ships, which offer Internet to passengers, charge about $3.95 activation fee. The passengers, who spend about six days on cruises, have to give about $100 to avail Internet services. Internet cafes inside the ships also offer Internet at similar prices.
As per Millan, new Internet service will also be beneficial for cruise ship workers.
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