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May need to get on the internet an hour for 2 or 3 days. Never checked on any of my previous cruises because never needed it before. Can you purchase Wi-Fi by the hour or do you have to purchase it by the day or entire cruise?

Does anyone now the cost of this?

Thanks!

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I believe only the messaging plan is by the day, no hourly.  The mid and upper are by the week. I'm sure I'll be corrected if I'm wrong.

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They used to have an hourly plan but no longer that we have found.
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Just an FYI....the prices above are if you prepurchase online. They are more once you are on ship...I know the value plan on board was $16 per day

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Also the daily option is for a 24 hour period from the time purchased rather than by calendar day.   One year we had a gal with us who was participating in one of those novel writing month contest groups and she had to update her word count daily to stay active.  She'd get a day pass around noon and update her account once that day and once the next morning, and go with no internet for 24 hours before repeating. 

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If you don't need every day, can you use the WIFI in ports instead? That's my current plan, just update online when in port. 

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On 11/2/2019 at 6:58 PM, coevan said:

can anyone confirm that only the social plan is daily? 

Actually you have it backward, according to the FAQ section.  Pre-cruise purchase of any plan is for duration of the cruise.  Onboard 24 hour plan is not available for the social plan, but is at a higher rate for the higher levels.

To keep you connected while at sea, all ships provide satellite internet access at our internet cafés and through the bow-to-stern ship-wide Wi-Fi network.

What kind of plans do you have?

Social Wi-Fi Plan  

  • Access the most popular social websites and applications including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Snapchat and the most popular airline sites

Does not include access to most websites, email, video and music streaming services (i.e., Netflix, Hulu, Spotify, Pandora), iMessage, Skype, cellular-network-dependent Wi-Fi calling and FaceTime services

  • Pricing*
    •  Pre-cruise: $6.80 USD, per day
    • Onboard: $8.00 USD, per day
    • Onboard 24 hour plan: not available
Value Wi-Fi Plan 
  • Access popular social websites, email and applications including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Snapchat and the most popular airline sites as well as news, entertainment (not including streaming sites), sports, weather, banking and finance
  • Post pictures of your trip and make your friends jealous (using the faster speeds of the Social Plan)
  • Does not support Skype or video and music streaming (i.e., Netflix, Hulu, Spotify, Pandora), cellular-network-dependent Wi-Fi calling and FaceTime services
  • Pricing*
    • Pre-cruise: $10.20 USD, per day
    • Onboard: $12.00 USD, per day
    • Onboard 24 hour plan: $16.00 USD

Premium Wi-Fi Plan

  • Premium Wi-Fi plan provides access to all sites under the Social and Value Plans at the fastest possible connection (3 times faster than the Value Plan)
  • Supports Skype calling where coverage allows. Does not support video and music streaming (i.e., Netflix*, Hulu, Spotify, Pandora), cellular-network-dependent Wi-Fi calling and FaceTime services
  • Carnival Vista, Carnival Horizon and Carnival Sunrise are Netflix enabled, so you can use the Netflix app and your Netflix account to watch your favorite shows
  • Pricing*
    • Pre-cruise: $14.45 USD, per day
    • Onboard: $17.00 USD, per day
    • Onboard 24 hour plan: $25.00 USD

*Pricing is based on cruise-long plans and are subject to change without prior notice.

Guests can upgrade from one plan to another and use multiple devices, per plan, including their smart phone, laptop or the shipboard internet café, but only one device can be used at a time.



How to purchase a plan?

Pre-cruise: Pre-purchase internet plans at a discounted rate online via the 'Manage My Booking' tab on carnival.com or send as a gift to family and friends through The Fun Shops. Guests must purchase a plan that covers the entire duration of their cruise. Plans may be pre-purchased online up to 11:59pm ET, the day before embarkation. Daily plans are available for purchase on board.

On board: Turn on your device's Wi-Fi feature and access the Wi-Fi settings to receive instructions on how to purchase our plans. 



What restrictions are there?

Please note that as our services are carried via satellite, there are a few limitations compared to your home network.

  • Only one device at a time can connect to Wi-Fi
  • Satellite internet speed may vary depending on location and time of day
  • Access to certain sites such as mature or violent content is blocked
  • VPN connections are not supported.  Discuss your VPN limitations with your company’s IT department if you are planning to work while sailing. We are not able to change your settings on board
  • Pricing for plans purchased pre-cruise vary from plans purchased at time of sailing
  • No refunds after plan is activated on board

What are some tips to improve the experience?

  • Once on board, turn on airplane mode and connect to Carnival Wi-Fi. By using airplane mode in settings, you avoid roaming fees charged by your carrier
  • To benefit from faster speeds, turn off background app data services and updates
  • Get the most from your cruise internet time and your trip — make sure you are powered up and prepared before you board the ship. Here are a few things you want to remember to pack for your cruise:
  • Wi-Fi enabled laptop and mobile devices
  • Power supply for each of the devices you are bringing with you
  • Data cables to transfer pictures
  • Headphones

Do you have public computers on board?

Publicly accessible computers (Microsoft Windows based) with standard internet browsers, are available 24 hours a day. These may be used with your existing internet plan.  MS Office or other specific software is not offered and you may not install your own software. Printing is offered at no charge.

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