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August 7, 2006


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 outside world.

Here is a quick summary:

Cunard Line
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 liner.

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.

MSC Cruises
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.

Princess Cruises
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 centers.

Silversea Cruises
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 monitors.

Windstar Cruises
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.

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