Campaign for free wifi on all RCCL ships?

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Hi all,

I think we should start a campaign for RCCL to set a cruise industry first by offering free wifi on all RCCL ships.

Wifi is quickly becoming apart of everyday life for so many people, for so many different reasons that it seems old fashioned to charge for wifi. It really would be WOW if RCCL offered free wifi.

It's just an idea....
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It'll never happen. Some of those internet packages are sooo expensive and lots of people buy them because they can't bear to go a few days without being plugged in. It's too much of a money-maker.
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I don't think it would happen, but I live in hope !

Despite thinking it wouldn't happen that wouldn't stop me joining in a campaign. Let me know what you're going to do and sign me up !

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Originally posted by kingsgirl
It'll never happen. Some of those internet packages are sooo expensive and lots of people buy them because they can't bear to go a few days without being plugged in. It's too much of a money-maker.
It's just a shame that you have to pay so much for wifi when so many places now offer wifi for free.
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I say no.

I personally don't want to have a link to the real world, first of all.

Second, I know that they have no choice but to have satellite coverage only, so it's never going to be cheap or fast.

Putting one and two together, I don't want to pay for other people's coverage. I'd rather my fees be lower and make the people who want the coverage pay for it. Much like the specialty restaurants.

Oh, and FWIW, wi-fi isn't free in Europe.
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Originally posted by Static events
It's just a shame that you have to pay so much for wifi when so many places now offer wifi for free.
It's not free- it's just buried in the cost to the customers. And land based internet is a LOT cheaper than satellite. (let alone bandwidth ability)

Ever seen the price of satellite phone coverage?
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If it were free for everyone to use, I'm guessing it would be amazingly slow.
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#9
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Originally posted by alfaeric
It's not free- it's just buried in the cost to the customers. And land based internet is a LOT cheaper than satellite. (let alone bandwidth ability)

Ever seen the price of satellite phone coverage?
Think about the amount of apps they could sell whist your on the ship....? They could sell you a music package...? Or a movie package streaming films...? Or even audio tours of each port your going to visit?

RCCL must have a large bandwidth for their sat comms data alone.
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The thing is that if (and it is a big if) they did bring in free wi-fi they would just increase the cost of cruises across the board to cover it and for those who don't use wi-fi they would be penalised.

I would love to see free wi-fi on the ships HOWEVER I spend a lot of time on the internet and to be honest if I buried myself into my laptop on board my husband would wonder why he bothered to pay for the cruise as I might as well be perched on the sofa as usual
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Originally posted by Static events
Hi all,

I think we should start a campaign for RCCL to set a cruise industry first by offering free wifi on all RCCL ships.

Wifi is quickly becoming apart of everyday life for so many people, for so many different reasons that it seems old fashioned to charge for wifi. It really would be WOW if RCCL offered free wifi.

It's just an idea....
If they do that , they will increase the fares by the amount
of what they charge for internet . Most people don't have free
Wifi at home , why then on a cruise line?
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Originally posted by gcvt
If it were free for everyone to use, I'm guessing it would be amazingly slow.
...and it's already amazingly slow. Give me back my luggage tag mailers before 'free' wifi.
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Seems to me that if you want to be on the net all day it would be cheaper to just stay home.

Do gadgets really run your life?
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Originally posted by Ocean Boy
Where would you suggest that RCI make up the lost revenue?


Think about the amount of apps they could sell whist your on the ship....? They could sell you a music package (I am sure someone like spotify would be interested) ...? Or a movie package streaming films...? Or even audio tours of each port your going to visit?

The possibilities are endless.
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But until satalite Internet has some serious up grades I doubt that much will change. I have listened couple of captains discuss wifi access in the meet the captains and they said it was under discussion, for, as mentioned above, the Internet is now a must have for work, pleasure, and travel.
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Originally posted by Static events
Hi all,

I think we should start a campaign for RCCL to set a cruise industry first by offering free wifi on all RCCL ships.

Wifi is quickly becoming apart of everyday life for so many people, for so many different reasons that it seems old fashioned to charge for wifi. It really would be WOW if RCCL offered free wifi.

It's just an idea....
There is a big difference between the cost of providing Internet access from a static land based hotel with access to many different Internet providers and providing Internet access from a moving ship that must tract a satellite (or drag a very long cord behind it).

In addition, a land based hotel can have more than a single access point while the ship will only have one. This means that 2000 people in a hotel might be sharing four or five different access points to the Internet while 2000 people on the ship have only one access point.

While leads to bandwidth. There is no way that a wireless signal traveling from a ship to a satellite and back to earth is going to contain the bandwidth that a land based hotel has access to.

The result, the ship will have a very slow connection. By charging for the access the ship limits the amount of use and thus provides faster access for those that use it.

Finally, if it is that important to you, buy your own satellite access. Then multiply your cost by 2000 and see what it would cost the ship.

Finally, do you really believe the hotel is providing free access, or is the hotel providing access that is include in the price of the hotel room?

Perhaps sometime in the future this will be realistic, but not in our lifetime.
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I do not see any cruise line ever doing this. It is FREE money to them. It would be a hugh loss of money.
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Originally posted by Static events
Think about the amount of apps they could sell whist your on the ship....? They could sell you a music package (I am sure someone like spotify would be interested) ...? Or a movie package streaming films...? Or even audio tours of each port your going to visit?

The possibilities are endless.
I'm sure you meant that they could sell it to someone because they are not going to sell me any such thing!
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Originally posted by Static events
Hi all,

I think we should start a campaign for RCCL to set a cruise industry first by offering free wifi on all RCCL ships.

Wifi is quickly becoming apart of everyday life for so many people, for so many different reasons that it seems old fashioned to charge for wifi. It really would be WOW if RCCL offered free wifi.

It's just an idea....

Hotels don't and will never do this, so why do you think RCI should do this. Cruise vacations are so cheap anyway. Internet is a big moneymaker. Remember they are in business to make money. Sorry, IMHO, dumb idea.
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