Posted April 17th, 2006, 01:05 PM
Their prices are not out of line with other cruiselines (Celebrity, RCI, Princess) charge for the same service. No one will give away anything in the cruise business anymore. They lost all revenue from in-cabin telephone use since people now use cellphones, so this is one way of making it up. Hotels lost the telephone income as well so now they make it up with a so-called daily resort fee.
In 2000 on the Millennium, in-cabin internet access cost $10/day. That's long over. The cruiselines feel that most vactioners won't pay the prices they are asking now, and that's OK. However, people who need to stay in touch with their work will gladly pay the price to check on things from the middle of the ocean.
Not everyone, including me, feel they need to burn all bridges with home when on vacation.