Posted May 5th, 2013, 02:26 PM
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.