As any cyber junkie who has taken a cruise knows, signing on to the Internet on a ship can be costly (not to mention slow as molasses). However in the last year or so many cruise lines have been addressing this situation as they realize that WiFi is important to millennials and other seafarers. Some lines such as Regent Seven Seas are now offering free connections to all.
The latest to join the wave is MSC Cruises which is now featuring faster Internet speeds and more affordable packages. The cruise line has teamed up with Marlink – a pioneer of business critical communication solutions for customers operating in remote environments – to bring dynamic bandwidth to its 12-ship fleet, including next-generation ships currently under construction, including MSC Meraviglia and MSC Seaside. “We are constantly seeking new ways to innovate and enhance guest experience aboard what is already the most modern fleet at sea,” said Gianni Onorato, MSC Cruises CEO. “We know that staying connected while on vacation is increasingly more important to our guests, hence we are rolling out state-of-the-art technology to allow them to stay connected, whether they are looking to share experiences and memorable moments, stay in touch with friends and family, stay on top of work emails or simply catch up with daily news.”
The new connection options let passengers choose a trio of more affordable internet packages which purchased either on a “per day” or “per cruise” basis, allowing guests maximum flexibility when selecting their internet needs.
- The Social Package for social media junkies who need to be plugged into Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Pinterest, in order to post pictures and chat with friends at any given moment. This one goes for $4.50 per day or $16.50 for a seven-night cruise.
- The Surfer Package obviously for non-millennials and younger folk it’s for moderate users and gives accesses on up to two devices for $11 a day or $33 a week.
- The Streamer Package is designed for users who are interested in full internet access either for work or fun and want to be connected without any limitations at the fastest speed. This package plugs you in to up to four devices and costs $22 per day or $66 for a week-long cruise.
Internet packages can be booked on line prior to sailing or once on board. In addition, it will be easy for guests to upgrade or recharge their package while managing the consumption of each device.
MSC has launched the new services on board the MSC Divina in the Caribbean and MSC Preziosa, currently deployed in the Western Mediterranean, and will roll-out across the entire fleet over the coming months.