Older members of the Luxury Travel Diary family spend a ridiculous amount of time cruising, you can read our recent review of the new P&O super ship The Britannia. One thing all sorely misses when they are on the high seas is the connectivity which you would enjoy if you were staying in a land-based hotel. In fact, cruise ships continue to charge silly money for poor connections on their ships and many cruisers end up searching for internet cafes and coffee shops with free Wi-Fi to keep in touch with family and friends.
Well, this is all set to change with the launch of free internet on cruise ships. Specifically free internet on the Royal Caribbean ship Majesty of the Seas.
The largest and most award-winning global cruise line announced that the ship will homeport in Port Canaveral, along Florida’s Space Coast, starting in summer 2016. Before her season in Port Canaveral where she will sail to the Bahamas, Majesty of the Seas will go into drydock for upgrades and receive transformational new onboard amenities.
Voom, the fastest internet at sea, will be available free and unlimited exclusively for guests on Majesty of the Seas to stay connected and keep connected to friends and family.
Other new features to be introduced on Majesty of the Seas include thrilling waterslides for guests of all ages; family-friendly Jacuzzis; a poolside movie screen; and award-winning entertainment including the Dreamworks Experience featuring activities and entertainment with Shrek, Fiona, and other favorite characters from the powerhouse animation studio’s popular movies. An enhanced casino will offer gamers a variety of the latest popular slot machines and table games and suite guests will enjoy exclusive amenities and services as part of a newly enhanced suite program.
Michael Bayley, president & CEO of Royal Caribbean International said “With these exciting new features as well as unprecedented fast and free unlimited internet for guests on Majesty of the Seas, we are stepping up our game and offering a phenomenal short cruise adventure for our guests.”
Majesty of the Seas will sail 3- and 4-night cruises to the Bahamas with visits to the cruise line’s private island destination, CocoCay. Highly rated among guests, this tropical paradise offers white sand beaches and turquoise blue waters set in 140 acres of lush vegetation. The secluded Bahamian island – reserved exclusively for Royal Caribbean guests – features an aquatic park and water slide, beach volleyball and soccer, snorkeling, and other water-based recreation.
So is this the start of a trend? Will P&O and Cunard also start offering free internet on their cruise ships? I can only imagine this will be happening in the near future as cruise guests compare offerings. For now, the Royal Caribbean pips it to the post with the free internet on their cruise ships and they will undoubtedly attract more guests as a result.
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