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Starlink May Come to Cruise Lines, But It's How They Use it That Matters

Internet access on cruise ships varies in speed and reliability, but is often known for being slow. Recently, Royal Caribbean announced their intention to work with Elon Musk’s Starlink satellite internet service and even appears to be testing it on one of their vessels.  The reality is, however, that what stands in the way of staying connected at sea isn’t fast satellite service, it’s how cruise lines use it, and Royal Caribbean isn’t using it well... read more

Wonder of the Seas - Confessions of a Small Ship Lover

I’m writing this from the world’s largest cruise ship, the new Wonder of the Seas.  I’m also very much a “small ship” person (by today’s ship size standards, at least).  I like knowing I’m on the water, I enjoy everything being close by, and sailing with a small number of other guests.  Ships like Oceania Regatta, and new kid on the block Scarlet Lady are in my wheelhouse.  So,how have I felt stepping on this absolutely mammoth, nearly 7,000 passenger Oasis-class Wonder of the Seas? read more

The Effectors - Royal Caribbean Shows-Off Tech Instead of Story Telling. Is It Worth It?

The Effectors on Odyssey of the SeasIn recent years, Royal Caribbean has dedicated a lot of time, hard work, and money into creating their own evening shows.  Each of these aims to wow the audience with some over-the-top demonstration of technology and stagecraft, and their latest creation, The Effectors, is no exception.  There were a few moments in this show that were unlike anything we'd seen on land or sea.  How did it work as a show though?  Well, if you're going strictly for the story, I'd skip it, but don't cancel your evening cruise plans just yet. read more