Zuiderdam Internet charges no more $99

Welcome to Cruise Critic! If you'd like to participate on our forums by joining in the conversation, please Register Now! Be sure to visit our FAMOUS Roll Call forums, where you can meet other cruisers sailing with you and share a tour or shore excursion and SAVE MONEY!

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
All times are GMT -4.
The time now is 07:44 PM.
#1
Corona, CA.
341 Posts
Joined Aug 2010
Just boarded the Zuiderdam this morning.
Was hoping to get the $99 unlimited special they had last week.


Well, guess I should have been cruising last week.

New pricing is as follows:

$60 for 24 Hour (1 day usage) not 24 hrs troughout the cruise

$249 unlimited throughout the 11 day trip


Feel a bit screwed compared to last weeks pricing

But still havinbg a great tine aboard the beautiful Zuiderdam !!
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
1988 Bermuda Star - Mexican Riviera|1994 NCL MS Southward - Mexico |1999 RCI Vicking Serenade - Mexico |2002 HAL Maasdam - W. Caribbean |2003 CCI Ectasy - Mexico |2004 CCI Pride - Mexican Riviera |2005 RCI Mariner of the Seas - E. Caribbean |2006 RCI Monarch of the Seas - Mexico |2007 RCI Freedom of the Seas - W. Caribbean |2008 RCI Monarch of the Seas - Mexico |2009 RCI Mariner of the Seas - Mexican Riviera
2009 RCI Monarch of the Seas - Mexico |2010 CCI Paradise - Mexico |2011 RCI Radiance of the Seas - Alaska NB |2012 CCI Inspiration - Mexico|2013 HAL Zuiderdam - S. Caribbean/Panama Canal |2013 Golden Princess - Mexico|2014 Star Princess - Hawaii|2014 CCI Inspiration - Mexico|2014 RCI Allure of the Seas - E. Caribbean|2015 CCI Miracle - Mexico|2015 CCI - Inspiration - Mexico|2015 Celebrity Silhouette - E-Caribbean|2016 CCI - Imagination - Mexico|2016 CCI Inspiration - Mexico|2016 RCI Allure of the Seas - W. Caribbean|2017 CCI - Fasciation - Puerto Rico|2017 NCI - Bliss - Panama Canal West|2018 Princess - Golden - Alaska|
#2
San Antonio
677 Posts
Joined Jan 2011
Sounds like they're looking for a price point, what will the market bear. All part of testing.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Carnival Celebration-Eastern Caribbean Dec 1988
Commodore Emerald Seas-Western CaribbeanSep 1994
Commodore Emerald Isle-Western Caribbean Apr 1998
Oosterdam-Alaska May 2010
Oosterdam-Alaska May 2011
Westerdam-Alaska May 2012
Zuiderdam-Alaska May 2013
Zuiderdam-Alaska August 2014
Westerdam-Alaska Sept 2015


#3
New Brunswick
41,514 Posts
Joined Jan 2009
oh darn it anyways - they still had the regular internet packages though, right?

I was really hoping this would reach to our cruise - but it looks like it is not to be.

I agree - it does sound like they are 'feeling' their way around the price point.

Have a great time and thanks for reporting in
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Jacqui emailme Click here for Prinsendam Roll Call's spread sheet for May 5, 2018 - 28 day Azores and Celtic Explorer

#4
Milwaukee, WI 53201
13,840 Posts
Joined Mar 2003
Originally posted by sapete
Sounds like they're looking for a price point, what will the market bear. All part of testing.
Another example of paying more for less.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
#6
albuquerque
2,781 Posts
Joined Nov 2008
Originally posted by CoronaCRZR
Just boarded the Zuiderdam this morning.
Was hoping to get the $99 unlimited special they had last week.


Well, guess I should have been cruising last week.

New pricing is as follows:

$60 for 24 Hour (1 day usage) not 24 hrs troughout the cruise

$249 unlimited throughout the 11 day trip


Feel a bit screwed compared to last weeks pricing

But still havinbg a great tine aboard the beautiful Zuiderdam !!
Searching for a price point??? that is quite a wild search--from $99 for the cruise to $60 for 24 hours to $249 for the cruise. wow--no thanks, I'll take my chances in port. They might also be searching for their butts at the same time--just as likely to work out!

ML
#7
82,428 Posts
Joined Aug 2000
No way I'd pay $60 for 24 hours.
We always buy packages but we would not buy that.

Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
<img src=http://www.hollandamerica.com/images/5starMariner.gif border=0 alt= />

sail7seas7 At yahoo .com
Please put CruiseCritic in Subject Line
#8
CA
1,438 Posts
Joined Nov 2010
Darn...I was hoping for the $99 plan for our Sept trip. I will keep my fingers crossed that the final testing will result in the lower price.
#9
Virginia
21,803 Posts
Joined Aug 2011
$60 for 24 hours sounds like a rotten deal. I doubt they will get many takers for that offer. How many people want to spend a large portion of a day of their cruise on the internet? Will they give you a refund if the internet is spotty that day?
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature


My Cruise Blogs
World Voyage Blog - http://kathisworldvoyage.blogspot.com/
A Winter Crossing - http://cunard2015.blogspot.com
The Sail-Away Gang's Cruise - http://westerdam2015.blogspot.com/
Fall Foliage Cruise -http://fallfoliagecruise2015.blogspot.com/
South Pacific/North to Alaska - http://halcruises2016.blogspot.com/

Evangeline - Nassau - 1960
Johan Van Oldenbarnevelt - EB TA - 1962
Queen Mary - WB TA - 1962
Raffaello - Caribbean - 1968
MV Three Gorges - Yangtze River - 1988
Atlas - Nile River - 1995
Olympic - Aegean Sea - 1996
Constellation - Baltic Sea - 2005
Disney Fantasy - Caribbean - 2012
Queen Elizabeth - World Voyage 2014
Queen Elizabeth - Southampton to Fort Lauderdale - 2015

Westerdam - FLL to Seattle with the "Sail-away Gang" - 2015
Liberty of the Seas - Canada/New England - 2015
Westerdam - Hawaii, Tahiti, and the Marquesas with the "Pearls of the Pacific" - 2016
Nieuw Amsterdam - Alaska - 2016
#10
25,566 Posts
Joined Feb 2003
Originally posted by kazu
oh darn it anyways - they still had the regular internet packages though, right?

I was really hoping this would reach to our cruise - but it looks like it is not to be.

I agree - it does sound like they are 'feeling' their way around the price point.

Have a great time and thanks for reporting in
Oh my gosh I hope they still have the other plan That is absolutely crazy pricing. I thought the $99.00 was too good to be true but that $249.00 is insane and $60 for $24 hours...Come on now. If they are not allowing by the minutes I would venture to bet NO ONE will buy an Internet package. We will be on board for 11 days exactly and I am not about to pay that much. If that is the case I want the old plan back then I can decide how much and how many minutes I will use. I normally spend right about the $100 to $125 to do my Live From the Ship reports. I am not about to pay double. Thankfully most of the cruise will be Alaska and my cell phone will get me Internet and I just will do very brief report via Tapa Talk instead. That or I hope in 4 weeks they get their act together and figure out that is way too high.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Lisa
Prestige Cruises
HAL
NCL Latitudes Tier Level: Platinum

1.RCI Monarch Mar 2002 W.Carib,2.HAL ZUIDM Apr 2003 E Carib,3.RCI Monarch Dec 2003 Mex,4.HAL Oosterdam May 2004 Alaska,5.HAL Ryndam Nov 2004 Sea of Cortez,6.HAL MS Westerndam Mar 2005 W Carib,7. HAL Maasdam NE/Ca July 2005,8. HAL Oosterdam Oct 2005 Mex,9.HAL Oosterdam Feb 2006 Mex,10.HAL Ryndam May 2006 Alaska,11.HAL Veendam Sept 2006 Pac Coastal,12.HAL Zaandam Nov 2006 10 day Mex,13.HAL Oosterdam 30th Anniversary Mar 2007 Mex,14.HAL Noordam Alaska June 2007,15.HAL Noordam Alaska Sept 2007, 16HAL Oosterdam Dec 2007 Mex, 17.HAL Oosterdam Feb 2008, 18. HAL Amsterdam Alaska June 2008 19. HAL Oosterdam Mex Oct 2008 20. HAL Eurodam E Carib Dec.2009 B2B w/ 21. HAL Eurodam Christmas S Carib Dec 2008 22. February 2009 HAL Oosterdam Yum Yum Man Worshippers II Mex 23. April 2009 HAL Statendam Panama Canal 24. HAL Westerdam Alaska June 2009 25. NCL Star Nov.2009 26. PCL Crown Princess W.Carib Jan. 2010 27. NCL Pearl Pac Coastal April 2010 28. Cel Solstice W Carib Sept 2010 29.RCI Mariner Mex Nov 2010 30. HAL Nieuw Amsterdam E Carib Mar 2011 31. HAL Westerdam Alaska May 2011 32.HAL Oosterdam Hawaii Oct 2011 33.HAL Westerdam S. Carib Mar 2012 34. HAL Zuiderdam Pac Coastal May 2012 35. HAL Zuiderdam Alaska May 2012 36. NCL Dawn W. Carib Nov. 2012 37. HAL Zuiderdam Pac Coastal May 2013 38. HAL Zuiderdam Alaska May 2013 39. HAL Veendam Mex Dec 2013 40. NCL Jewel W Carib March 2014 41. NCL Jewel W Carib Nov 2014, 42. HAL Volendam Alaska May 2015, 43. NCL Jewel Mexico Nov 2015 44. HAL Koningsdam Inaugural April 2016, 45.HAL Westerdam Oct. 2016 Mexico 46. NCL Dawn W Carib Mar 2017

Up Coming Cruises
PCL Diamond Oct 2017 Circle Island Japan
HAL Oosterdam Yum Yum Man 10 yr Reunion Feb. 2018
NCL Bliss Sept 2018 - Alaska on NCL's Newest Ship
#11
82,428 Posts
Joined Aug 2000
Originally posted by Scrapnana
$60 for 24 hours sounds like a rotten deal. I doubt they will get many takers for that offer. How many people want to spend a large portion of a day of their cruise on the internet? Will they give you a refund if the internet is spotty that day?

Exactly.

Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
<img src=http://www.hollandamerica.com/images/5starMariner.gif border=0 alt= />

sail7seas7 At yahoo .com
Please put CruiseCritic in Subject Line
#12
Connecticut
1,377 Posts
Joined Dec 2006
Originally posted by Scrapnana
$60 for 24 hours sounds like a rotten deal. I doubt they will get many takers for that offer. How many people want to spend a large portion of a day of their cruise on the internet? Will they give you a refund if the internet is spotty that day?
No, no wait. That's a great deal. Only works out to .041 cents per minute.
Of course you will need to spend the whole 24 hours surfing the net to make it worth while. Who wouldn't want to do that? (Not me!)
#14
Corona, CA.
341 Posts
Joined Aug 2010
Yeah, I feel like the guy being tested here....
I had to take the plan as I need to be able to get on for my work, but going from $99 to $249 was quite the shocker .
What a whopping change.


And, NO there are NO other plans. It is $60/ 24hr or $249 unlimited.


I really feel HAL is sticking it to me this time


Ted
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
1988 Bermuda Star - Mexican Riviera|1994 NCL MS Southward - Mexico |1999 RCI Vicking Serenade - Mexico |2002 HAL Maasdam - W. Caribbean |2003 CCI Ectasy - Mexico |2004 CCI Pride - Mexican Riviera |2005 RCI Mariner of the Seas - E. Caribbean |2006 RCI Monarch of the Seas - Mexico |2007 RCI Freedom of the Seas - W. Caribbean |2008 RCI Monarch of the Seas - Mexico |2009 RCI Mariner of the Seas - Mexican Riviera
2009 RCI Monarch of the Seas - Mexico |2010 CCI Paradise - Mexico |2011 RCI Radiance of the Seas - Alaska NB |2012 CCI Inspiration - Mexico|2013 HAL Zuiderdam - S. Caribbean/Panama Canal |2013 Golden Princess - Mexico|2014 Star Princess - Hawaii|2014 CCI Inspiration - Mexico|2014 RCI Allure of the Seas - E. Caribbean|2015 CCI Miracle - Mexico|2015 CCI - Inspiration - Mexico|2015 Celebrity Silhouette - E-Caribbean|2016 CCI - Imagination - Mexico|2016 CCI Inspiration - Mexico|2016 RCI Allure of the Seas - W. Caribbean|2017 CCI - Fasciation - Puerto Rico|2017 NCI - Bliss - Panama Canal West|2018 Princess - Golden - Alaska|
#17
Southwest Florida
10,397 Posts
Joined Jan 2002
Originally posted by CoronaCRZR
Yeah, I feel like the guy being tested here....
I had to take the plan as I need to be able to get on for my work, but going from $99 to $249 was quite the shocker .
What a whopping change.


And, NO there are NO other plans. It is $60/ 24hr or $249 unlimited.


I really feel HAL is sticking it to me this time


Ted
That's Crazy..I can't believe many would buy a $249 plan for 7 days unless it was for business..On our long cruise, I purchased a plan..(forgot which one) & then purchased something like 15-20 min more, which was advertised in the daily program..It worked out well for us..This was our first time purchasing minutes as when we're on the shorter cruises, we don't bother with surfing the WEB or e-mail..

Cheers..Betty
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
email_me

For Meet & Greet Info. Pls. put Cruise Critic in Subject line.. Betty
Cruises: '70 Hellenic "Orion" Greek Isles; '83 Norwegian Carib. "Southwind" East. Carib. ; '96 NCL "Dreamward" East. Carib; '98 HAL "Ryndam" South. Carib.; '99 NCL "Majesty" Panama Canal-Mexico; '01 HAL "Volendam" Trinidad/Martinique; '02 NCL "Dream" Trans-Atlantic MIA-ROM; '03 HAL "Maasdam" West. Carib.; '03 HAL "Amsterdam" South Amer. RIO-SCL; '04 HAL "Westerdam" Trans-Atlantic BCN-FLL; '05 NCL "Crown" SCL-MIA via Canal; '06 HAL "Prinsendam" FLL-Amazon via Carib.; '06 HAL "Ryndam" Carib-Isla de Margarita; '07 Oceania "Regatta" Amazon via Carib. '08 HAL "Veendam"-Alaska; '08 HAL "Maasdam" Southern Carib.: '09 HAL "Statendam" RT FLL-SAN via Panama Canal; '10 HAL "Veendam" Bermuda '10 HAL "Noordam" B2B Carib.; '11 Oceania "Regatta" U.S. Coastal, Bermuda & Carib.; '12 HAL "Nieuw Amsterdam" B2B Carib.; '12 HAL "Noordam " B2B Carib.; '13 HAL "Prinsendam" South Amer. Antartica, & Amazon via Panama Canal & Carib.
#18
Virginia
21,803 Posts
Joined Aug 2011
Originally posted by serendipity1499
That's Crazy..I can't believe many would buy a $249 plan for 7 days unless it was for business..On our long cruise, I purchased a plan..(forgot which one) & then purchased something like 15-20 min more, which was advertised in the daily program..It worked out well for us..This was our first time purchasing minutes as when we're on the shorter cruises, we don't bother with surfing the WEB or e-mail..

Cheers..Betty
The $249 was for 11 days. Doesn't make it that much better, though.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature


My Cruise Blogs
World Voyage Blog - http://kathisworldvoyage.blogspot.com/
A Winter Crossing - http://cunard2015.blogspot.com
The Sail-Away Gang's Cruise - http://westerdam2015.blogspot.com/
Fall Foliage Cruise -http://fallfoliagecruise2015.blogspot.com/
South Pacific/North to Alaska - http://halcruises2016.blogspot.com/

Evangeline - Nassau - 1960
Johan Van Oldenbarnevelt - EB TA - 1962
Queen Mary - WB TA - 1962
Raffaello - Caribbean - 1968
MV Three Gorges - Yangtze River - 1988
Atlas - Nile River - 1995
Olympic - Aegean Sea - 1996
Constellation - Baltic Sea - 2005
Disney Fantasy - Caribbean - 2012
Queen Elizabeth - World Voyage 2014
Queen Elizabeth - Southampton to Fort Lauderdale - 2015

Westerdam - FLL to Seattle with the "Sail-away Gang" - 2015
Liberty of the Seas - Canada/New England - 2015
Westerdam - Hawaii, Tahiti, and the Marquesas with the "Pearls of the Pacific" - 2016
Nieuw Amsterdam - Alaska - 2016
#19
Whittier, CA
814 Posts
Joined Feb 2012
UGH, we are leaving next week on the Zuiderdam for 18 days, I wonder what the price will be for that one. This is the first time that we are taking a laptop and interested in the purchase. It is along time to be away from home without any contact for the DH's elderly parents. I was thinking it would be around $200. I am not sure about trying to find it at the ports, so will probably just have to bite the bullet and pay the price.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Teri
36 Cruises
Holland America 17 Cruises 159 days
Disney 4 Cruises 24 days
Princess 4 Cruises 22 days
Royal Caribbean 4 Cruises 30 days
Celebrity 1 Cruise 7 days
Carnival 4 Cruises 26 days
Regency 1 Cruise 5 days
The Big Red Boat 1 Cruise 3 days
#20
107,518 Posts
Joined Jul 2001
$60 for 24 hours -- terrible!!

Westerdam still had the normal packages.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Cruising is a wonderful way to enjoy retirement!
Stopped counting a few years ago -- have done over 140 cruises.