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Old 01-16-2014, 07:38 PM   #1
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On board internet service

We are going on a 4 day cruise and one member needs to access the internet for some online tests for a college class. How is the internet service on board? I let him know the prices but he is wondering about the service.

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Old 01-16-2014, 07:45 PM   #2
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We are going on a 4 day cruise and one member needs to access the internet for some online tests for a college class. How is the internet service on board? I let him know the prices but he is wondering about the service.

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Service can be extremely slow, depending on time of day that you want to access it. In our experience, it's not much better than the dial-up speeds.

Suggestion - can the individual take those tests whenever he/she wants to? Or only at a specific time? Using a free wifi spot in port would be much faster.
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Old 01-16-2014, 07:49 PM   #3
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S--L--O--W!!!

It is a satellitte connection with limited bandwidth divided by everyone else who is trying to get on. Either your friend should access the internet at 2 am when there is less people online, at a port (internet cafe) or try to take his exam prior to the cruise.

It takes 30 minutes just to check my email, and just consists on logging in and downloading (maybe 30-50 emails) and going off line. All reading and responses are done off line and then maybe another 30 minutes to upload responses. Very frustrating and a lot of being disconnected and trying to log back on.

I would seriously NOT recommend that your friend takes a test online. It will be hard to impossible. Can he take it before?
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Old 01-16-2014, 08:15 PM   #4
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Thanks for the responses. I am going to pass this info on to him so he can make some decisions before we leave.
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Old 01-17-2014, 02:15 AM   #5
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We are going on a 4 day cruise and one member needs to access the internet for some online tests for a college class. How is the internet service on board? I let him know the prices but he is wondering about the service.

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The Internet isn't guaranteed to work, so he shouldn't wait until the last minute.

Internet response is best when everyone else is asleep - so for anything like a test, plan on taking the test after 1am or before 6am.

If the test requires video or anything that needs high bandwidth - all bets are off...
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Old 01-31-2014, 07:02 PM   #6
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It appears Disney is launching a new internet service
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Over the next few weeks, new internet packages will be available onboard the Disney Cruise Line ships. Instead of charging by minutes used, the new Connect@Sea packages are based on the amount of megabytes (MB) used.

Your Clients can choose from the following package options:
"Pay As You Go ($.25 per MB): Perfect for Guests who are not sure how often they will be online.
"Small (100 per MB for $19): A good choice for Guests who want to check their email occasionally and then go back to enjoying their cruise.
"Medium (300 per MB for $39): Ideal for Guests that want to share their vacation photos with friends right away.
"Large (1,000 per MB for $89): This package covers all Internet needs. Guests can stream movies or their favorite music.

Connect@Sea services will be introduced onboard the Disney Cruise Line ships on the following sail dates:
"Disney Magic - Feb. 3, 2014
"Disney Dream - Feb. 16, 2014
"Disney Wonder - Feb. 26, 2014
"Disney Fantasy - March 8, 2014

Detailed information about the Connect@Sea options will be available in each Guest stateroom, at onboard internet cafes and at Guest Services.
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Old 01-31-2014, 08:22 PM   #7
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It appears Disney is launching a new internet service
(from another thread)


Over the next few weeks, new internet packages will be available onboard the Disney Cruise Line ships. Instead of charging by minutes used, the new Connect@Sea packages are based on the amount of megabytes (MB) used.

Your Clients can choose from the following package options:
"Pay As You Go ($.25 per MB): Perfect for Guests who are not sure how often they will be online.
"Small (100 per MB for $19): A good choice for Guests who want to check their email occasionally and then go back to enjoying their cruise.
"Medium (300 per MB for $39): Ideal for Guests that want to share their vacation photos with friends right away.
"Large (1,000 per MB for $89): This package covers all Internet needs. Guests can stream movies or their favorite music.

Connect@Sea services will be introduced onboard the Disney Cruise Line ships on the following sail dates:
"Disney Magic - Feb. 3, 2014
"Disney Dream - Feb. 16, 2014
"Disney Wonder - Feb. 26, 2014
"Disney Fantasy - March 8, 2014

Detailed information about the Connect@Sea options will be available in each Guest stateroom, at onboard internet cafes and at Guest Services.
I'm not sure the actual service is different, just that the plans for charging for internet use is changing. Used to be charged by the minute, now it will be by the MB.
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