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    Work from home is so 20th century. Doing a remote service call sitting on the balcony at sea...
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  1. We are on the Nov 17th sailing, which seems the most likely victim, along with the 10th and the 3rd (the next one is US Thanksgiving). A few weeks ago I would have said you were being cynical. Until THEY cancel our cruise there is no way to make alternate arrangements.
  2. That's the main reason that I am following this. I personally am not bothered by changes, I try to live by the motto that when things don't go as planned it's just the universe with presenting you with opportunities you haven't imagined. I just know from experience that RCCL does not communicate changes to anyone who books through a travel agent. On our last cruise they changed Cococay to Nassau and I only found out through the CC forum. Our cruise is one of the three most likely to be cancelled in November if the Bahamas dry dock is available. It would be nice to know before we show up in FL and have nothing to do for a week waiting for our flight. Right now i am afraid to book excursions.
  3. I understand. Since the cruise starts and ends in the same place, in the air analogy, if you book a round trip to Atlanta, any city is ok as long as you return home.
  4. Technically, it's more like: If you are flying to Atlanta and because of engine troubles they drop you in Poughkeepsie. Then, they keep flying the plane for a year with the same engine troubles, and redirect EVERY flight booked to Atlanta to Poughkeepsie, but don't let people who have booked the flight previously change to a different flight that will actually GO to Atlanta. If people have booked their flight more than 90 days in advance, they will let you change to a different flight on a different aircraft, but they will charge you a $100pp change fee. If THEY have no other flights on the same date, they will not refund any of the deposit.
  5. Yes, but I usually buy a two device or two single device plans so my wife and I can be independent and be in separate places on the ship. For me the internet is tax deductible since I need it for work, but I am not paying for internet for my phone, laptop, tablet etc. If my wife is not using the internet, I connect my phone directly and all other devices to the other, that way Rogers WiFi Calling works a little more reliably. On our last cruise, I had a lot of trouble getting the HooToo one you noted to work. The screens I posted are from the RavPower one. BTW: watch out posting amazon links, the forum's spam filter has a nasty habit of deleting posts with them. Search Amazon for "RAVPower FileHub Plus". The Hootoo TripMate Titan is a better router and power pack but it is lacking the feature I showed and doesn't work for Royal Caribbean Voom if you have the 2-device plan.
  6. I usually take several with me. The hootoo tripmate is great but I had problems with a two-device plan. The RAVpower one is good and worked well on my last cruise, but needed a bit of jiggery-pokery to disable it's auto-login function that interfered with Royal Caribbean's login/logoff protocol on 2 device plans.
  7. I have not cruised Princess with Medallionnet yet (they would not commit to having it on Ruby for thie year and now we are booked with Royal Caribbean for the next 2 years) but with Voom on RCCL you can use a travel router. Just connect and login through the travel router and all of your devices can use the wifi.
  8. There screwing around and secrecy cost us an opportunity to get a great deal on a Ruby transpacific this fall. We are Royally (pardon the pun) ticked as now we have all of our cruises booked until 2021 on the only cruise line that would promise good internet at sea. So HERE is the super secret rollout schedule: Caribbean 2018 Regal 2018 Royal January 19 Ruby January 26 Coral March 2 Island May Crown June Emerald July Majestic September Sky October Grand November Sapphire December
  9. You could run Parallels or VMware on your mac and run the netflix Windows 10 app, but that seems a bit excessive. If you have a lightning HDMI adapter, you could bring it and a light hdmi cable to play to your TV if it supports it. I have seen reports that it may not work if you have upgraded to iOS 12 though https://www.apple.com/ca/shop/product/MD826AM/A/lightning-digital-av-adapter.
  10. It varies widely but most cruise ships, hotels, etc. Lock down the inputs on their TVs. Even if you can connect it, your AppleTV or Roku will need the quality of connection you are unlikely to get on the ship. In addition you will need a travel router to stream/mirror from your device. Best is to use a cell phone, tablet, or the Netflix APP on Windows 10 to download what you want for offline viewing before you go. On a Mac, you need to download videos from iTunes because there is no Netflix app. You cannot download from the web version. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  11. That's not how the web works. The average number of elements on a typical web page is 120 (depending on the type of page - news and social media sites tend to be more, information pages a bit less). Well designed sites use optimization so that some requests happen in parallel, but others deliberately wait for all of the ads to load before loading any content that might have people navigating away (yes, use an ad blocker). The numbers that I gave before are from actual tests performed by The Wall Street Journal to test the effect of latency on loading wsj.com. While streaming uses a different protocol (eg. RTSP) and your numbers are correct for the actual one-way stream (not counting control packet latency issues), the actual pages to browse and find your stream will take substantially longer. It's more like having that person on the alps tell you his phone number one digit at a time, and only after you confirm the previous digit, each only listening to the other person's echo.
  12. I won't repost the physics limiting GEO satellites speed from the MedallionNet thread but, because of the number of elements needed to make a page) at 50 mb/s a typical web page (wsj.com was used) it takes 5 seconds to load on normal home internet, 12 s at O3B level latency and about 40 s at GEO latency. It would be extremely frustrating to do a remote service on someones computer when every keystroke and mouse movement has a several second delay before you see the change.
  13. Everything that I have read says that PrincessConnect is the WiFi but that MedallionNet is the new internet using the O3B's MEO (medium earth orbit) satellites from SES. It doesn't matter how fast the connection is, the old internet uses GEO (geosynchronous equatorial orbit) satellites that are 36,000 km away so internet is really slow just due to the speed of light. The new system uses dual moving dishes to track two moving satellites at a time and needs serious refit. It gives always-on internet that outperforms most people's home service.
  14. The most important this is not the Ocean Medallion (feeding all of the passengers' locations and data into an AI seems like the good intentions part at the beginning of a SiFi drama just before the robot spiders or angels start hunting everyone) . The important part is will they upgrade to MedallionNet? My wife wants to go on the transpacific next fall but Princess will not tell us if the SES/O3B internet will be up by then. I can't go on a ship without it (currently i can only cruise Royal Caribbean).
  15. Actually, GEO (Geostationary Equatorial Orbit) satellites don't fare well in the north nor in the south because of another inconvenient law of physics: signal attenuates with the square of the distance. There are complex tradeoffs of power, speed, bandwidth and beam width, but Satellites at 36,000 km vs. 8000 km only 1/20 of the power reaches the surface (all things being equal). To get less loss (more gain) they reduce the beam size to the minimum they need (think spotlight vs flashlight vs a naked bulb). While the physical limit for GEO satellites is 80° N, most satellites don't waste power and bandwidth extending the beam to areas with little or no population, degrading performance to everyone else. Much of the atlantic has no land, hence little or no coverage from GEO beams, and there is very limited coverage and available bandwidth north of 60°. MEO and LEO satellites are just scooting over the ocean with little to do but help us cruisers watch our cat videos. Once SES launches their O3B inclined orbit satellites in 3 years the northern range will be extended. (Yes, I simplified the math. I rounded the numbers and ignored the cosine rule and other calculations. It's not rocket science. Rocket science has way more greek letters.:D)
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