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Old April 8th, 2013, 05:31 PM
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Default Zuiderdam Internet charges no more $99

Just boarded the Zuiderdam this morning.
Was hoping to get the $99 unlimited special they had last week.


Well, guess I should have been cruising last week.

New pricing is as follows:

$60 for 24 Hour (1 day usage) not 24 hrs troughout the cruise

$249 unlimited throughout the 11 day trip


Feel a bit screwed compared to last weeks pricing

But still havinbg a great tine aboard the beautiful Zuiderdam !!
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Sounds like they're looking for a price point, what will the market bear. All part of testing.
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oh darn it anyways - they still had the regular internet packages though, right?

I was really hoping this would reach to our cruise - but it looks like it is not to be.

I agree - it does sound like they are 'feeling' their way around the price point.

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Sounds like they're looking for a price point, what will the market bear. All part of testing.
Another example of paying more for less.
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Right now Carnival is testing the $99 unlimited as well...
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Just boarded the Zuiderdam this morning.
Was hoping to get the $99 unlimited special they had last week.


Well, guess I should have been cruising last week.

New pricing is as follows:

$60 for 24 Hour (1 day usage) not 24 hrs troughout the cruise

$249 unlimited throughout the 11 day trip


Feel a bit screwed compared to last weeks pricing

But still havinbg a great tine aboard the beautiful Zuiderdam !!
Searching for a price point??? that is quite a wild search--from $99 for the cruise to $60 for 24 hours to $249 for the cruise. wow--no thanks, I'll take my chances in port. They might also be searching for their butts at the same time--just as likely to work out!

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No way I'd pay $60 for 24 hours.
We always buy packages but we would not buy that.

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Darn...I was hoping for the $99 plan for our Sept trip. I will keep my fingers crossed that the final testing will result in the lower price.
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$60 for 24 hours sounds like a rotten deal. I doubt they will get many takers for that offer. How many people want to spend a large portion of a day of their cruise on the internet? Will they give you a refund if the internet is spotty that day?
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oh darn it anyways - they still had the regular internet packages though, right?

I was really hoping this would reach to our cruise - but it looks like it is not to be.

I agree - it does sound like they are 'feeling' their way around the price point.

Have a great time and thanks for reporting in
Oh my gosh I hope they still have the other plan That is absolutely crazy pricing. I thought the $99.00 was too good to be true but that $249.00 is insane and $60 for $24 hours...Come on now. If they are not allowing by the minutes I would venture to bet NO ONE will buy an Internet package. We will be on board for 11 days exactly and I am not about to pay that much. If that is the case I want the old plan back then I can decide how much and how many minutes I will use. I normally spend right about the $100 to $125 to do my Live From the Ship reports. I am not about to pay double. Thankfully most of the cruise will be Alaska and my cell phone will get me Internet and I just will do very brief report via Tapa Talk instead. That or I hope in 4 weeks they get their act together and figure out that is way too high.
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$60 for 24 hours sounds like a rotten deal. I doubt they will get many takers for that offer. How many people want to spend a large portion of a day of their cruise on the internet? Will they give you a refund if the internet is spotty that day?

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$60 for 24 hours sounds like a rotten deal. I doubt they will get many takers for that offer. How many people want to spend a large portion of a day of their cruise on the internet? Will they give you a refund if the internet is spotty that day?
No, no wait. That's a great deal. Only works out to .041 cents per minute.
Of course you will need to spend the whole 24 hours surfing the net to make it worth while. Who wouldn't want to do that? (Not me!)
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Alas - that's what happens when everyone says $99 is a screaming deal....
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Yeah, I feel like the guy being tested here....
I had to take the plan as I need to be able to get on for my work, but going from $99 to $249 was quite the shocker .
What a whopping change.


And, NO there are NO other plans. It is $60/ 24hr or $249 unlimited.


I really feel HAL is sticking it to me this time


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They'll have to come up with a compromise for the in betweeners....
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I assume that the HAL on-board internet access is still provided by the concessionaire MTN and it is probably MTN that decides on the prices.

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Yeah, I feel like the guy being tested here....
I had to take the plan as I need to be able to get on for my work, but going from $99 to $249 was quite the shocker .
What a whopping change.


And, NO there are NO other plans. It is $60/ 24hr or $249 unlimited.


I really feel HAL is sticking it to me this time


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That's Crazy..I can't believe many would buy a $249 plan for 7 days unless it was for business..On our long cruise, I purchased a plan..(forgot which one) & then purchased something like 15-20 min more, which was advertised in the daily program..It worked out well for us..This was our first time purchasing minutes as when we're on the shorter cruises, we don't bother with surfing the WEB or e-mail..

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That's Crazy..I can't believe many would buy a $249 plan for 7 days unless it was for business..On our long cruise, I purchased a plan..(forgot which one) & then purchased something like 15-20 min more, which was advertised in the daily program..It worked out well for us..This was our first time purchasing minutes as when we're on the shorter cruises, we don't bother with surfing the WEB or e-mail..

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The $249 was for 11 days. Doesn't make it that much better, though.
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UGH, we are leaving next week on the Zuiderdam for 18 days, I wonder what the price will be for that one. This is the first time that we are taking a laptop and interested in the purchase. It is along time to be away from home without any contact for the DH's elderly parents. I was thinking it would be around $200. I am not sure about trying to find it at the ports, so will probably just have to bite the bullet and pay the price.
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$60 for 24 hours -- terrible!!

Westerdam still had the normal packages.
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