I'm sure I'm out of step with the majority but I think charging for the internet aboard ship is a great idea. There's very limited bandwidth on the ship's connection and if the internet were free or a flat charge for the trip the service would be so slow as to be useless. Even with the charge per minute it's unusable at certain times of the day because so many people are logged on.
Here's the problem, if one person is logged on they get 100% of the bandwidth. The next person who logs on cuts that down to 50% If 50 people are logged on each only gets 2% of the speed available. As the satellite they use is slow to begin with, 2% of slow is unacceptable. I only log on early in the morning and late at night as it is. If it were free or a flat fee it would be terrible all the time and I, for one, am glad that it is not.
Like I said, I'm sure I'm in the minority on this. I should probably mention that I'm also campaigning for them to charge for the self-service laundry. When I'm in the launderette I see so many people using a washer or dryer for 2 or 3 items because it doesn't cost them anything. If they had to pay that inconsiderate practice would stop and the savings in water and energy would be significant, not to mention that the macnines would be much more available. Every ounce of water and turn of the machine costs HAL something in diesel fuel to produce either the power or the water. The more we drive the cost of cruising up for HAL the higher the prices of cruising will be for all of us.