Travelling is a dream but let’s be real for a moment, it can be expensive! We have found that cruising gives us the most bang for our buck but as someone who wants to be connected digitally to keep a eye on the home/business front, the cost of internet while taking a cruise can be a hidden cost many don’t think of. We have been cruising with Carnival Cruise line and have watched things change…thank goodness.
In days gone by internet access while cruising wasn’t cheap! On our first cruise the pricing of the internet packages almost made me weep. I ended up having to buy the largest package available and just sucked up the increase in my budget plan.
We have enjoyed 3 cruises with Carnival Cruise Line in the past 2 years and we’ve just booked our 4th with Carnival Cruise Line on the Ecstasy in February of this year. Cruising is just budget-friendly for us. Living in Canada, we can drive to many of the ports in order to save the dreaded Canadian flight taxes and we get to see our choices of countries on the cruises we choose.
Carnival Cruise Line Internet Plans
Let’s get down to brass tacks…the cost of internet on Carnival Cruise Line ships has improved!! This is a VERY good thing and the packages really make it affordable. On our last cruise we were able to Skype call the family at home, I could keep up on my business activities and even share real-time on social media.
The packages available are:
- Social ($5 USD per day) – Access the most popular websites and applications. Includes: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Linkedin, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and Snapchat. Does not include access to other websites or apps.
- Value ($16 USD per day) – Surf all your favorite sites, including e-mail, news, sports, weather, banking and finance. Note: Does not support Skype calling or music streaming (such as Spotify).
- Premium ($25 USD per day) – From e-mail to Skype, our Premium plan promises the fastest possible connection, at speeds up to 3 times faster than our Value Plan. Supports Skype video calling, where coverage allows.
On our last cruise with our friends we had the opportunity to use the new, upgraded internet and plans. The result – WHOA the internet connection was strong and FAST and I was actually able to get some work done quickly while we were out at sea.
This is a massive improvement, being able to function and interact with home for small snippets of time allowed me the freedom to truly enjoy our trip. It also allowed me to share some AMAZING photos real time right when they were happening which I know my followers loved.