Some people go on cruises to get far, far way from the stresses of life, while others yearn to remain connected with the rest of the world (and share their exciting travel experiences with jealous friends back home).
If you think you fall under the latter category, you should know that not all cruise lines actually offer WiFi. To help you pick the best possible cruise line for your needs, we’ve compiled a comprehensive list of the ones that do let you log on — and what your tech habit might cost you.
Carnival offers internet access for $25/day, which includes email and social media as well as Skype, but the plan does not include Snapchat or video streaming.
Select Carnival and Holland America ships have a social media package deal for only $5/day. For the most minimal users, Carnival’s HUB app displays info like scheduling and dining info, with a built-in chat service available for $5.
2. Celebrity Cruises
This line has fleetwide high-speed internet (with the exception of the Galapagos-based Celebrity Xpedition vessel) that includes access to Skype, YouTube, FaceTime, and Netflix. There are a variety of packages to choose from: $199/person for 6- to 9-day trips, $299/person for 10-day trips or longer, or more short-term plans like $50 for 90 minutes or an “as you go” rate of $0.79 a minute.
This Norwegian line does not charge for WiFi on their Norwegian coastal voyages specifically, but reports indicate that the connection is neither guaranteed nor speedy.
4. MSC Cruises
Social media addicts will be pleased to learn that this cruise line has a variety of packages that permit connection to all social media services (including Snapchat) for $4.50/day or $16.50/week.
5. Norwegian Cruise Lines
Norwegian was the first cruise line to ever feature an on-board internet cafe. They’ve recently upgraded their WiFi to the faster SpeedNet service, with deals like $29.99 for a day of use or data-oriented plans such as 300MB for $59. Complimentary laptop rentals come with any time-plan purchase.
6. Oceania Cruises
Oceania offers more than a few packages for wireless internet access, from $0.99 a minute to $27.99 per passenger per day for unlimited use. No matter which you pick, you’ll pay a $3.95 activation fee. Also, as per Cruise Critic, select Oceania cruise packages may offer free unlimited WiFi.
7. Royal Caribbean
Royal Caribbean introduced Voom in 2016, which is said to be the fastest connection at sea. Voom can handle video streaming with ease, and deals range from $12-17.99 per device, per day. Discount packages are available for families with many devices.
Viking is one of the only cruise lines to actually offer free unlimited WiFi, which is almost unheard of (as compared to market rates of $15-30 per day of use).
9. Regents Seven Seas Cruises
This line also offers free and unlimited WiFi, but more data-heavy apps like Skype and FaceTime are blocked.
Silversea Cruises gives all passengers in standard cabins an hour of free connection, and those in upper-level suites can log on at no cost for their entire journey. Beyond that, options include $30 for a day, $16 per day for expeditions longer than 8 days, or $250 for 1,000 minutes of connected time.
The Email Plan ($50) and the Surfing Plan ($120) provide approximately 5 hours worth of data, and unlimited plans range from $250 for a week to $490 for 2 weeks.
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