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I’m at sea on a cruise with 125 Mbps broadband

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I’m at sea on a cruise with 125 Mbps broadband

I’m on my first cruise and paid for the broadband package. I’m getting between 10 Mbps and 125 Mbps down. Streaming 1080p Netflix works perfectly. Colour me impressed for CAD$88 for a 10-day cruise.

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The $88 was per broadband account pre-paid, and each account can support one device at a time. (It costs more on-board.) I got one account for my wife’s iPhone and one account for myself, the latter to split between my iPhone and my laptop. That way we can iMessage each other at will from anywhere on the ship. Furthermore, the coverage is very good, much better than most (non-floating) hotels I’ve been in. There are occasional glitches though where if I haven’t used the device for a while it may briefly lose the connection when I start using it again.

The phones are set to airplane mode to avoid any inadvertent voice, text, or data charges, but then WiFi is turned on to get the WiFi broadband from the boat.

The main problem is their billing and accounting system on Princess Cruises for WiFi support. Needs work. I paid for two WiFi accounts with my billing folio, but that meant my wife couldn’t use one because it was under my name even though we are in the same room. In fact, I couldn’t use the second WiFi account myself either because all devices would default to the same WiFi account. If I tried to setup another device it’d just kick off the first device I set up on the first WiFi account and leave the second WiFi account I paid for unused. They do have a 4-device package but it costs the price of three independent devices, so that wouldn’t make sense for us.

IOW, they designed the billing plan to support either one device or 4 devices, but failed to account for the fact that most rooms would have two people in them with two devices, with one person paying all the bills. The only way they got this to work was to have us repurchase the plan using my wife’s billing folio (which didn’t exist at the time of my prepurchase). We can then hope they’ll properly refund the extra purchase as promised.
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Amazing. Hopefully one day they can make satellite wifi cheap!
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Dude, enjoy your vacay and put your 'devices' away.
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Yeah $88 to browse RFD. Enjoy the vacay bro.
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durrsak wrote:
Dec 11th, 2018 11:06 am
Yeah $88 to browse RFD. Enjoy the vacay bro.
On a work conference on the cruise. Plus, with kids, having instant messaging access to the wife is a life saver.

Way more enjoyable having instant communication with the family. If I ever go on another cruise, not having this would be a potential dealkiller.
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$88 for 10 days a a good deal.
It is usually $20/25 USD per day for 1 device only.
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MP3_SKY wrote:
Dec 11th, 2018 11:25 am
$88 for 10 days a a good deal.
It is usually $20/25 USD per day for 1 device only.
On this line it’s US$20 per day a la carte. US$10 per day paid for the entire trip, if purchased on the first day. However, it was cheaper when I prepaid before the cruise. US$70 for the 10 days, but with a favourable 1.25 exchange rate, so CAD$87.50. If I had booked a few days later it would have been 1.30, or CAD$91 (which is still reasonable).
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EugW wrote:
Dec 11th, 2018 11:41 am
On this line it’s US$20 per day a la carte. US$10 per day paid for the entire trip, if purchased on the first day. However, it was cheaper when I prepaid before the cruise. US$70 for the 10 days, but with a favourable 1.25 exchange rate, so CAD$87.50. If I had booked a few days later it would have been 1.30, or CAD$91 (which is still reasonable).
Yes, get it before is always a better deal than when you are already on the ship or at least get it on the 1st day.

Agree that kids will need internet in case they go cranky, some cartoon will settle them down faster. Otherwise I dont want to deal with anything else when I'm on vacation in the middle of ocean.
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EugW wrote:
Dec 11th, 2018 11:21 am
On a work conference on the cruise. Plus, with kids, having instant messaging access to the wife is a life saver.

Way more enjoyable having instant communication with the family. If I ever go on another cruise, not having this would be a potential dealkiller.
Oh no, what would you do when you get off the ship at the many different port of calls?
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last time I cruised I just used the free wifi in every port. if theres an emergency the ship can be called (or you can call out)
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Ugh, I would pay maybe $30 for a week of low bandwidth for emergencies/keeping in touch but $88x2 for a cruise, I would do without, as we have for three cruises so far. Bonus of eliminating the temptation of checking work email or checking social media etc while with family.
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My wife and I get certain benefits on various cruiselines for being frequent guests. That includes some internet minutes. That's good enough for us because we're not on a cruise to be on the internet.

Having said that, the last Princess cruise we were on there was a Princess messaging app that we could use that did NOT require one to be signed up for any internet package notwithstanding the hundreds of free minutes that we had for internet. It was anything but robust but would serve a purpose nonetheless.
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vkizzle wrote:
Dec 11th, 2018 2:47 pm
Oh no, what would you do when you get off the ship at the many different port of calls?
Got that covered already.

Fido Roam. $7 a day in the US, or $12 a day international. Most of the Caribbean is covered (although Cuba isn't).

However, for our last excursion in Jamaica, we were all together, part of an organized tour group, so it wasn't necessary.

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Conquistador wrote:
Dec 11th, 2018 6:07 pm
My wife and I get certain benefits on various cruiselines for being frequent guests. That includes some internet minutes. That's good enough for us because we're not on a cruise to be on the internet.

Having said that, the last Princess cruise we were on there was a Princess messaging app that we could use that did NOT require one to be signed up for any internet package notwithstanding the hundreds of free minutes that we had for internet. It was anything but robust but would serve a purpose nonetheless.

I don't think that internet minute thing is even an option anymore, at least on this ship. It's either unlimited high speed internet, or else it's nothing.
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Dec 11th, 2018 7:53 pm
I don't think that internet minute thing is even an option anymore, at least on this ship. It's either unlimited high speed internet, or else it's nothing.
Yes, it certainly still seems to be an option if the following is any indication.

https://book.princess.com/captaincircle ... efits.page

We're Elite but only need Platinum for the following internet benefit:
Complimentary Internet Package

Each Platinum Princess Cruises Captain’s Circle member will receive a complimentary Internet package to be used either on the computers in our Internet Cafés or wireless Internet on the guest’s personal wireless device. The amount of complimentary Internet is determined by the length of the sailing.

Voyages 7 days or less, 150 minutes
Voyages 8-20 days, 250 minutes
Voyages 21+ days, 500 minutes

As a Platinum Captain’s Circle Member you will be recognized as such when you initially log on to the Internet onboard. Upon the initial log on you will see a screen which shows you how many complimentary minutes you are eligible to receive. In addition, you will have the opportunity purchase additional Internet packages at the available rates. This offer is only available at the time of the initial log on.
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Conquistador wrote:
Dec 12th, 2018 1:05 am
Yes, it certainly still seems to be an option if the following is any indication.

https://book.princess.com/captaincircle ... efits.page

We're Elite but only need Platinum for the following internet benefit:
I’m no expert on Princess but AFAIK, that doesn’t apply on the ships which have Medallion.Net fully implemented. It’s unlimited.

Reading the cruise forums it sounds like those perk tiers as you listed only apply on the ships where Medallion.Net unlimited high speed internet hasn’t been fully implemented yet. Don’t quote me on that though since there seems to be some confusion on this during this transition period. Remember, not all ships on Princess have Medallion.Net fully operational (or at all) and those that do only got it a few months ago.

BTW late last night my wife and kids had gone to sleep already but I was still wide awake. So, I logged into my Bell Fibe account and streamed one l of my pre-recorded TV shows. Worked perfectly.

I’m not the type to go hang out at the bar alone or go to the casino. That is totally unappealing to me. In fact, I’d probably derive more enjoyment lighting dollar bills on fire if I could than spending it at the casino.

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