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August 7, 2006
CRUISE TRAVELERS ADDICTED TO WEB NOW STAY CONNECTED WITH STANDARD INTERNET
CAFES AND WI-FI HOTSPOTS.
It wasn't long ago that only a handful of cruise lines equipped their
ships with dedicated Internet cafes and Wi-Fi (what is Wi-Fi, see below)
"hotspots" for wireless connections to the Web. Currents is pleased to
report that since then guest demand for 24/7 connectivity at sea has
surged even higher and now virtually every major cruise line offers
travelers convenient and cost efficient ways to stay connected with the
Here is a quick summary:
The Queen Mary 2 offers 30 computer workstations connected to the
Internet, situated between the Computer Leaning Center and the ship's
library. There also are a total of 13 Wi-Fi hotspots around this cruise
Disney Cruise Line
Cruisers with wireless laptop computers will find new Wi-Fi hotspots in
most public areas on the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder. Internet cafes
are available to those guests without laptops.
Holland America Line
Guests on all ships are invited to visit the Explorations Cafe (with great
cappuccino by the way) 24/7 for high-speed Internet access, plus there are
various Wi-Fi hotspots throughout the public area for wireless
connectivity. In addition, shipboard e-mail accounts can be set up.
Public areas on the MSC Opera and MSC Lirica feature Wi-Fi hotspots and
both ships also feature Internet cafes. Dedicated Internet cafes also are
found on the MSC Armonia, MSC Sinfonia, and MSC Musica. Balcony suites
have Internet access on several of the ships.
Norwegian Cruise Line
Norwegian ships feature Wi-Fi access in most public areas and in select
stateroom categories. Guests can also use Internet centers found on all
ships. In addition, guests are provided with a personal e-mail address
with their cruise documents.
All Princess ships have Internet cafes and Wi-Fi networks. Travelers with
wireless-enabled laptop computers can access the Internet from the
Purser's Lobby/Atrium and surrounding lounges and bars.
Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Workstations located on Regent ships offer e-mail and Internet services
for a nominal fee, 24 hours a day. Computer instruction is available
during select hours for guest queries and assistance. In addition, all
vessels have Wi-Fi spots located in various spots on the ship. Plus, many
of the cabins offer wireless service.
Royal Caribbean International
The cruise line's "Cybercabin" service allows guests to use their personal
laptop computers to connect with the Internet from their staterooms.
Ships also feature a number of Wi-Fi hotspots and computer workstations
that provide 24/7 access to the Internet. Persons can check email and
send e-postcards with personalized photos.
Seabourn Cruise Line
Most public areas on Seabourn yachts are Wi-Fi hotspots and all suites
have wireless Internet access. All three ships also feature computer
All four Silversea luxury ships have Wi-Fi access in designated public
areas for guests with their own personal laptop computers. Its shipboard
Internet centers have state-of-the-art workstations with 17-in flat-screen
Wi-Fi Internet access is available in all public areas and cabins aboard
the three Windstar chips. Ipod Nanos are available for complimentary use
and laptops can be rented. The Wind Surf has an Internet center with
multiple workstations to peruse the Internet.