Hey Frequent floaters!
My name is Joshua and I work remotely for a software company. Since I can work from anywhere with good internet, I've been working aboard Royal Caribbean ships for a change of scenery (6 Cruises last year, 12 this year).
I've found Royal Caribbeans internet to be the best in the industry, however, there IS a difference from ship-to-ship within their fleet.
Not all "Voom" internet is the same.
They use different satellites based on geographic location AND based on the technology on the ship. And it's all marketed and priced as if it's the same. It's not. 🙂
Here's where you come in--I'm trying to compile a Ship List that will expose which ships have REAL Voom Internet (fast speed, low latency/delay, O3B Network-BEST) and which have NOT-REAL Voom Internet (moderate speeds, high latency/delay, SpeedCast Network-Just Ok). A speedtest from the wifi-connected device will reveal this on the ship. The NOT-REAL Voom internet operates much slower as the delay from ship to satellite is 650+ms whereas the REAL Voom internet operates around 200ms. This is most notable when doing video calls like Facetime or Zoom or playing videos on Facebook/Youtube. For me, the internet is my life on the ship.
Here is my list so far.
Adventure--NOT REAL Voom (as of Jan 2019 Thanks @John&LaLa)
Allure--REAL Voom (as of Nov 2017)
Anthem--Coming Soon (Sailing Aug 2019)
Brilliance--NOT REAL Voom (as of Jan 2019)
Empress--NOT REAL Voom (Thanks @Ourusualbeach!)
Freedom--REAL Voom (as of Dec 2018)
Harmony--REAL Voom (Thanks @Ourusualbeach!)
Independence--REAL Voom (as of April 2019)
Majesty--REAL Voom (Thanks @Ourusualbeach!)
Mariner--NOT Real Voom (as of July 2019)
Ovation--REAL Voom (except when in Alaska, then terrible internet)
Oasis--Coming Soon (Sailing Dec 2019)
Serenade--NOT Real Voom (Thanks @John&LaLa)
Symphony--REAL Voom (Thanks @Ourusualbeach!)
Alaska--Real Voom NOT available regardless of Ship Technology (O3B network isn't available above aprx Vancouver Lattitude)
Caribbean--REAL Voom Available depending on Ship Technology
Canada/New England--Sailing August 29 on Anthem
For what it's worth, I've asked Royal Caribbean for clarification on which ships have the O3B Network Technology ("Real Voom") and they declined to answer.
If you've been on a recent cruise, or are on one now and did a speed test or asked the IT manager, would you help me update this list? Here are two examples of speedtests through Ookla's Speedtest App, showing the difference between REAL Voom and NOT REAL Voom.
Would you help me out?