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Old 08-30-2013, 07:43 AM   #1
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Any free internet access?

My wife and I have two cruises scheduled this year. The booking window for excursions/activities for the 2nd cruise starts while we are on the 1st cruise. Does Disney allow free access the the DCL web site? Or would that just be the normal charges for internet minutes? Thanks in advance.
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Old 08-30-2013, 08:34 AM   #2
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I think it is .75/minute. There are also higher priced packages for larger amounts of minutes.
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Old 08-30-2013, 08:40 AM   #3
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My wife and I have two cruises scheduled this year. The booking window for excursions/activities for the 2nd cruise starts while we are on the 1st cruise. Does Disney allow free access the the DCL web site? Or would that just be the normal charges for internet minutes? Thanks in advance.
Have you inquired about booking dinners/excursions while on board at customer service?
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Old 08-30-2013, 08:55 AM   #4
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...The booking window for excursions/activities for the 2nd cruise starts while we are on the 1st cruise. Does Disney allow free access the the DCL web site? ...
I think you could access any Disney website for free - so that would include the DCL website. The challenge will be how strong a connection you get, it can be very S-L-O-W and/or spotty.

Enjoy your cruises!
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Old 08-30-2013, 08:57 AM   #5
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I think you could access any Disney website for free - so that would include the DCL website. The challenge will be how strong a connection you get, it can be very S-L-O-W and/or spotty.

Enjoy your cruises!
No kidding, you'd probably get better access on your phone when you're in port.
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Old 08-30-2013, 08:59 AM   #6
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Have you inquired about booking dinners/excursions while on board at customer service?
DCL CM's onboard can't book excursions and such for a future cruise. They would need to use the same online system as the rest of us because that cruise hasn't transferred onboard yet. I've read they'll direct you to the available laptops to do it yourself.
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I think you could access any Disney website for free - so that would include the DCL website. The challenge will be how strong a connection you get, it can be very S-L-O-W and/or spotty.

Enjoy your cruises!
The last cruise we went on was a westbound Panama Canal repositioning in January 2011. I did buy some internet package during that cruise since I had to check on things back at work periodically (part of the deal to let me take off that much time), so I am familiar with how slow and unreliable it can be. I was hoping that for the upcoming 4-day cruise, I could skip paying for the service and access Disney sites for free. I didn't see anything about the free access on the DCL site talking about internet service.
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No kidding, you'd probably get better access on your phone when you're in port.
The 1st cruise is the DVC member cruise the end of September. The only port(s) is Castaway Cay (twice).
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The last cruise we went on was a westbound Panama Canal repositioning in January 2011. I did buy some internet package during that cruise since I had to check on things back at work periodically (part of the deal to let me take off that much time), so I am familiar with how slow and unreliable it can be. I was hoping that for the upcoming 4-day cruise, I could skip paying for the service and access Disney sites for free. I didn't see anything about the free access on the DCL site talking about internet service.
Sorry, I guess I can't confirm it, but I'm sure I have read more than once that Disney websites (as in WDW and DCL) can be accessed for free onboard. Hopefully someone else will confirm they've done it.

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Before I posted here, I did send the question to DCL. The reply I got back basically just told me the cost for internet access, but did not address my question of free access to Disney web sites.

For sailings less than 7-nights:
$.75 per minute pay as you go
$27.50 for 50 minute plan ($.55 per minute)
$40 for 100 minute plan ($.40 per minute)
$75 for 250 minute plan ($.30 per minute)

Pricing is subject to change without notice.
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Doesn't concierge get a free Internet package? But that's a lot of $$$$ to spend to get free Internet.
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Doesn't concierge get a free Internet package? But that's a lot of $$$$ to spend to get free Internet.
100 minutes per cruise. "Free"
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Before I posted here, I did send the question to DCL. The reply I got back basically just told me the cost for internet access, but did not address my question of free access to Disney web sites.

For sailings less than 7-nights:
$.75 per minute pay as you go
$27.50 for 50 minute plan ($.55 per minute)
$40 for 100 minute plan ($.40 per minute)
$75 for 250 minute plan ($.30 per minute)

Pricing is subject to change without notice.
i paid $55 for 100 minutes on our 8/10 EC Fantasy 7-day....if you have a concierge room internet is free...
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