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I am on the Zuiderdam 10 day Panama Canal cruise 3/29/2013- 4/8/2013 and they have 2 internet packages available. A 39.99 for 24hrs or 99.99 for the entire 10 day cruise. I thought the 99.99 deal is pretty good. And the wifi is pretty good.

 

Bill

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Thanks for the information Bill. I like the sound of that and hope the package is available on more ships soon.

 

Michelle.

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Wow - sounds like a great deal to me. I hope that have some kind of special offer for our cruise in a few weeks:D Thanks for sharing:D

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That's a great offer. Hopefully, they continue that idea and spread it throughout the fleet. I could certainly use it on my upcoming 15 day.

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Since many cruise lines packages work out to be 35-40 cents a minute (or more), this package sounds like a steal for someone who needs/wants the time.

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Thanks for the info. I will be on the sailing when you get off, and was looking at the internet packages. That one sure sounds like a good deal.

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Unlimited for $100 sounds great, since they only recently started selling the 1,000 minutes for $250 on most cruises!!

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I've never used the Internet service on a ship. Do you have to pay per device or can you sign in multiple devices under one package?

 

 

Douglas...Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

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I've never used the Internet service on a ship. Do you have to pay per device or can you sign in multiple devices under one package?

 

 

Douglas...Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

 

You create a USER-ID and can use any device you want to connect to Internet ... IPAD, Phone, Laptop, their computer and so.. on BUT can only use one device at a time.

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Thanks for letting us know.... all I can say is WOW. I most definitely hope they keep that on the Zuiderdam for for the next 5 weeks and three days :D That would be one heck of a bargain. I am wondering if it is part of the NEW improvements they were to be doing for the Internet. I had heard that it would be happening this Spring ship by ship and that they were going to improve the bandwidth and there was going to be some new features and pricing.

This is one of the links I read about it, I cannot seem to find the one that stated about that with the new towers it would drastic speed everything up and they would be able to reduce costs.I believe they had to go to each ship to install something first. But HAL was going to start this in the Spring of 2013. SO this is great news for those of us that always use the internet.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/cruiselog/2012/11/19/fast-internet-cruise-ships/1713927/

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$100 unlimited wifi? Sweeeeet! How can this be? It seems like everyone would just get it, which would tie up all of the signal... Oh well, who cares, it would be a great price.

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Wow, that price is so much better than anything I have seen on previous cruises. I hope those sailing on future cruises on board this ship will update this thread as to whether this will be a permanent price.

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$100 unlimited wifi? Sweeeeet! How can this be? It seems like everyone would just get it, which would tie up all of the signal... Oh well, who cares, it would be a great price.

 

If everyone is on the internet it should be easier to get a lounger and various other ship venues could be quieter. :)

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Update. I spoke with the internet manager about this new plan and he said this was the first sailing HAL has implemented having only 2 plans and the only ship thus far. I told him this was a great idea and hopefully it will be implemented throughout the fleet soon.

 

There was a mention in the flyer that the internet has been upgraded as well. I can say that the wifi reception along with the speed has been more than adequate. I left my laptop at home and I am using my smartphone for reference. With only 2 plans available it makes it pretty easy to decide which plan to sign up for as well as not worrying about logging off since everything is unlimited.

 

Bill

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Update. I spoke with the internet manager about this new plan and he said this was the first sailing HAL has implemented having only 2 plans and the only ship thus far. I told him this was a great idea and hopefully it will be implemented throughout the fleet soon.

 

There was a mention in the flyer that the internet has been upgraded as well. I can say that the wifi reception along with the speed has been more than adequate. I left my laptop at home and I am using my smartphone for reference. With only 2 plans available it makes it pretty easy to decide which plan to sign up for as well as not worrying about logging off since everything is unlimited.

 

Bill

 

If everyone just left their connnection open, won't that slow down the system due to overloading it? Thats the problem with unlimited plans IMO.

 

DaveOKC

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If everyone just left their connnection open, won't that slow down the system due to overloading it? Thats the problem with unlimited plans IMO.

 

DaveOKC

 

Not significantly.. If connection is open - you are using some data. The same as leaving your phone on data roaming all the time. Just periodic requests for data.

 

I just ran a speed check (yes I am on the Zuiderdam)...

1.75 mps DOWN and 0.8 UP. This certainly rather fast for a shipboard service.

 

Great idea HAL!!!

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Not significantly.. If connection is open - you are using some data. The same as leaving your phone on data roaming all the time. Just periodic requests for data.

 

I just ran a speed check (yes I am on the Zuiderdam)...

1.75 mps DOWN and 0.8 UP. This certainly rather fast for a shipboard service.

 

Great idea HAL!!!

 

Thanks for clarifying Paul. I said this since I noticed that HAL's service is much faster early in the morning when fewer users are online. Perhaps this is due to the users actually using the service rather than just being online?

 

DaveOKC

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Thanks for clarifying Paul. I said this since I noticed that HAL's service is much faster early in the morning when fewer users are online. Perhaps this is due to the users actually using the service rather than just being online?

 

DaveOKC

 

Dave that is absolutely correct - I was told by the piano man on the Prinsendam that the best time to use the internet was very early in the morning or later at night. He also said to check the Fox station - if the signal is clear, internet is working well - if it isn't clear - don't bother using the internet;)

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The key thing you must remember is that what you previously experience with Internet on the ships no longer applies, there were brand new cell towers installed in Caribbean and Bahamas and Alaska and obviously the new equipment has been added now to the Zuiderdam. The ships are no longer accessing the satellite directly. So what you experienced in the past will no longer apply

 

This is a quote from the News article

MTN is building out new shore-to-ship wireless systems in major cruise ports in the Bahamas, Caribbean, Alaska and Europe that will allow the company to greatly increase the amount of data it routes to ships at sea. Cruise ships approaching ports fitted with the new wireless systems will be able to switch from the company's satellite system and get data directly from land at much higher speeds, freeing up satellite bandwith for other vessels.

 

Olivier says MTN already has built out the new wireless systems at seven sites in Alaska and is now beginning to roll them out in the Caribbean and Europe. The company plans to have the systems deployed at 39 locations frequented by cruise ships by the second quarter of 2013, he says.

 

A third prong in the new effort is to outfit cruise ships with more sophisticated systems that will allow the vessels to cache large data files such as Netflix videos that cruisers download from the Internet. Once stored on board, the data could be accessed again and again by cruisers at high speed without having to be re-transmitted over a satellite.

 

In short, when one cruiser downloads a video to a ship, under the new system, "we can save it on board and reuse it again," says Olivier.

 

The ability of the new land-based wireless systems to transmit large amounts of data to ships when they are in or near ports will open up new possibilities in data package pricing for cruisers.

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From what is being reported the Zuiderdam is the first to have the new equipment and accessing of the new towers. Now my question is that I like the new pricing but I am wondering what the pricing will be for longer cruises such as the upcoming 22 or 17 day Zuiderdam as well as what pricing they will charge for the 7 day cruise or will it be either a one day package at $39.99 or the full voyage at a flat rate. Will that flat rate be less for 7 day cruises. I will be on a B2B of a 4 day then a 7 day and last year because I was on the B2B my minutes just automatically carried over into the 2nd segment. I would love to purchase a flat rate of $99.00 for the full 11 days.

 

My question for those on board the Zuiderdam now...was there also still the $3.95 set up fee?

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Pretty good deal?

 

It's over the moon wonderful deal IMO

Thanks for sharing this info with us.

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I am on the Zuiderdam 10 day Panama Canal cruise 3/29/2013- 4/8/2013 and they have 2 internet packages available. A 39.99 for 24hrs or 99.99 for the entire 10 day cruise. I thought the 99.99 deal is pretty good. And the wifi is pretty good.

 

Bill

 

Sounds pretty good to me!

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What a fabulous deal!!!! I would be so happy to pay that and use as much as I want. I haven't used at all the last couple of cruises because the price and the slow speed drove me crazy. Any word on if it will be on the NA soon?? Sailing 2weeks from today and that would be so wonderful to have. A girl can dream right? ;)

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From what is being reported the Zuiderdam is the first to have the new equipment and accessing of the new towers. Now my question is that I like the new pricing but I am wondering what the pricing will be for longer cruises such as the upcoming 22 or 17 day Zuiderdam as well as what pricing they will charge for the 7 day cruise or will it be either a one day package at $39.99 or the full voyage at a flat rate. Will that flat rate be less for 7 day cruises. I will be on a B2B of a 4 day then a 7 day and last year because I was on the B2B my minutes just automatically carried over into the 2nd segment. I would love to purchase a flat rate of $99.00 for the full 11 days.

 

My question for those on board the Zuiderdam now...was there also still the $3.95 set up fee?

 

 

To the best of my knowledge no set up fee.

 

I will quiz the internet manager at some point if he has info on pricing for upcoming cruises and if he knows any future plans HAL has for other ships.

 

Bill

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To the best of my knowledge no set up fee.

 

I will quiz the internet manager at some point if he has info on pricing for upcoming cruises and if he knows any future plans HAL has for other ships.

 

Bill

 

Bill, thanks so much for checking this all out for us and keeping us updated. Something tells me we could start to see a few more "LIVE" from reports ;)

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To the best of my knowledge no set up fee.

 

I will quiz the internet manager at some point if he has info on pricing for upcoming cruises and if he knows any future plans HAL has for other ships.

 

Bill

 

Thank you, will look forward to hearing what you find out. I'd be embarrassed to tell you what I spent on internet on my last Zuiderdam cruise. Yes it was 22 days, but still it was a heck of lot of money:o This sounds like a fantastic deal.

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The key thing you must remember is that what you previously experience with Internet on the ships no longer applies, there were brand new cell towers installed in Caribbean and Bahamas and Alaska and obviously the new equipment has been added now to the Zuiderdam. The ships are no longer accessing the satellite directly. So what you experienced in the past will no longer apply

 

This is a quote from the News article

MTN is building out new shore-to-ship wireless systems in major cruise ports in the Bahamas, Caribbean, Alaska and Europe that will allow the company to greatly increase the amount of data it routes to ships at sea. Cruise ships approaching ports fitted with the new wireless systems will be able to switch from the company's satellite system and get data directly from land at much higher speeds, freeing up satellite bandwith for other vessels.

 

Olivier says MTN already has built out the new wireless systems at seven sites in Alaska and is now beginning to roll them out in the Caribbean and Europe. The company plans to have the systems deployed at 39 locations frequented by cruise ships by the second quarter of 2013, he says.

 

A third prong in the new effort is to outfit cruise ships with more sophisticated systems that will allow the vessels to cache large data files such as Netflix videos that cruisers download from the Internet. Once stored on board, the data could be accessed again and again by cruisers at high speed without having to be re-transmitted over a satellite.

 

In short, when one cruiser downloads a video to a ship, under the new system, "we can save it on board and reuse it again," says Olivier.

 

The ability of the new land-based wireless systems to transmit large amounts of data to ships when they are in or near ports will open up new possibilities in data package pricing for cruisers.

 

I just read back through the thread. Thank you for this information Lisa.

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The faster speed has nothing to do with cell towers in the Bahamas etc. Since it is a sea day. My guess is that they widened the pipe or are using a better compression algorithm.

 

Have noticed NO difference in speed morning, day or night.

 

I am wondering whether it is a marketing test with this low rate or that HAL wants to test the system and encourage users to load the system to the maximum.. Only time will tell.

 

There was no set-up fee and you register/setup your account on line.

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After talking with the internet manager for a bit this morning he told me that the new internet pricing and plans will continue on the Zuiderdam for the next couple weeks. If it goes well, and he seemed to think that so far it has been a success, it will expand to the rest of the fleet. He did say that he thought 7-10 day cruises would have the two plans available, $99 entire cruise and $39 24hr plans, while shorter cruises would go back to per minute plans. Longer cruises would probably have the daily plan along with an entire cruise plan but he did not know the pricing.

 

Hope this helps.

 

Bill

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After talking with the internet manager for a bit this morning he told me that the new internet pricing and plans will continue on the Zuiderdam for the next couple weeks. If it goes well, and he seemed to think that so far it has been a success, it will expand to the rest of the fleet. He did say that he thought 7-10 day cruises would have the two plans available, $99 entire cruise and $39 24hr plans, while shorter cruises would go back to per minute plans. Longer cruises would probably have the daily plan along with an entire cruise plan but he did not know the pricing.

 

Hope this helps.

 

Bill

 

Thanks Bill - I am crossing my fingers that this new plan reaches the Prinsendam in 45 days:D Great info and much appreciated:D

 

Have a great cruise and enjoy

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Thanks again Bill, keeping my fingers crossed that in 5 weeks I can get this for my B2B 11 days on the Zuiderdam. it would certainly help since I plan to do another Live from :)

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You are getting at the evil side of this "unlimited" data plan. If HAL sells this package to a large number of passengers but does not improve the total ship bandwidth, then the internet service will be very poor.

 

Keep in mind that one can write a bunch of emails at one's leisure offline and then dump them all at once (and retrieve new messages) at a free or low cost wifi point in port. Likewise, there are software utilities that will quickly grab the latest versions of your favorite web pages and sublinks for offline reading later on.

 

On the other hand, I am a computer systems engineer and my definition of a vacation includes staying off of computers as much as possible while cruising.

 

igraf

 

 

 

 

Thanks for clarifying Paul. I said this since I noticed that HAL's service is much faster early in the morning when fewer users are online. Perhaps this is due to the users actually using the service rather than just being online?

 

DaveOKC

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You are getting at the evil side of this "unlimited" data plan. If HAL sells this package to a large number of passengers but does not improve the total ship bandwidth, then the internet service will be very poor.

 

Keep in mind that one can write a bunch of emails at one's leisure offline and then dump them all at once (and retrieve new messages) at a free or low cost wifi point in port. Likewise, there are software utilities that will quickly grab the latest versions of your favorite web pages and sublinks for offline reading later on.

 

On the other hand, I am a computer systems engineer and my definition of a vacation includes staying off of computers as much as possible while cruising.

 

igraf

From the sound of some posts in this thread it appears that the internet is "different" from the usual internet on ships. It doesn't sound like that will be a problem.

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Thanks again Bill, keeping my fingers crossed that in 5 weeks I can get this for my B2B 11 days on the Zuiderdam. it would certainly help since I plan to do another Live from :)

 

Yippeeee! I am another one who likes to do "Live from..." and spends a lot on internet fees....way to much even IMO:)

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