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#2
Greenville, SC, USA
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My understanding Is that the only internet available on the ship while it is at sea is via the ship's satellite connection. For this there is a charge. If you go to My Princess, you can find the choices.

While in most ports you can find free internet. Likely places are the cruise terminal and business like McDonalds and Starbucks. Another option is to follow the crew. They know where the free locations are.
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#3
Virginia
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Joined Jan 2017
I was on the Regal in April. Messaging through Facebook and WhatsApp is now free for all passengers through the Social Ocean app. You can contact anyone through those apps without wasting internet minutes. It's the same as using [email protected] which can be done for free. I also think just being on Facebook is free, but I can't remember exactly.
#4
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We were on the Regal in February. We were told that WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger would be free by connecting to the ship intranet. I don't know if that will always be the case, or if it because the Ocean Medallion was not working for all on the cruise. We used it and it was great to keep in touch with family and friends.



We were also given unlimited internet for free, due to the Ocean Medallion issue, instead of only a certain number of free internet minutes that we normally receive for platinum/elite members.
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#6
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we were on Regal in November 2017, and both FB Messenger and FB were free. We didn't download any additional apps.
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#7
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We were on the Regal in March and once you log into the ship's wifi you can then use your Facebook messenger or even text messages. We had free internet due to our level, but for those who paid it was not expensive. We even Facetimed our family, sent photos via text messages and made cell phone calls. It was great for us since we like to stay in touch with family.
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#8
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Great to know. We were on in November and didn't know about that free access. i use both apps and am glad to know that I can use that in the Baltic this summer. I generally use WhatsApp to keep in touch by phone and text on occasion.
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#9
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Is this just on the Regal or would it also be available on the Star? I hope so!
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#10
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No To the Star. Sorry.



All other Princess ships have old school messaging. You see the person across the room and you , YELL. - I see it all the time while on the ships. Works pretty well. Except with Uncle Dave, he’s a bit hard of hearing.
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#11
League City, TX
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Originally posted by Lskravy
I was on the Regal in April. Messaging through Facebook and WhatsApp is now free for all passengers through the Social Ocean app. You can contact anyone through those apps without wasting internet minutes. It's the same as using [email protected] which can be done for free. I also think just being on Facebook is free, but I can't remember exactly.
I have heard of the social option for purchasing Internet time, but have not heard of the Social Ocean app. Can you explain what this app is and where you found it?
#12
4,215 Posts
Joined Jan 2009
Originally posted by neverbeenhere
No To the Star. Sorry.



All other Princess ships have old school messaging. You see the person across the room and you , YELL. - I see it all the time while on the ships. Works pretty well. Except with Uncle Dave, he’s a bit hard of hearing.
Bummer. Thank you. Lol, on the old-school messaging!
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#13
Virginia
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Joined Jan 2017
Originally posted by caribill
I have heard of the social option for purchasing Internet time, but have not heard of the Social Ocean app. Can you explain what this app is and where you found it?
It was an app I was able to download prior to my cruise through the Apple App Store. I can't seem to find a link to it now. Some others have said you don't need to go through the app, though. Facebook/ Messenger should just work as long as you are connected to the intranet.
#14
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Joined Aug 2017
Originally posted by paradiselivin1
We were on in November and didn't know about that free access.
I know!!!! We didn't find out until Thursday of the Sun-Sun sailing. Hubby noticed that he kept getting FB notifications even in airplane mode - we asked CS and voila, it's free!
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