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Shipboard Internet Gets Faster & More Affordable on More Ships

Princess MedallionNet - High-Speed Internet at SeaMedallionNet, Princess Cruises' high speed shipboard internet/WiFi service, part of the Ocean Medallion program is itself picking up steam.  While available only on Regal Princess just months ago, the service, allowing guests fast and affordable internet access, as well as a number of guest experience enhancements, is now available on four Princess ships, and will soon be available on a total of ten ships - nine of them before the end of 2019... Read more about Shipboard Internet Gets Faster & More Affordable on More Ships

Carnival Nears Completion of $2B Fleet Enhancement, Changes Ship Names, Marries Pizza & Tech

It’s not just the newest ships at sea that glimmer and host a great time but keeping the entire fleet fresh is the goal of every cruise line.  Often lines will spruce up entire classes of ships, adding the latest features and venues.  Carnival however has announced a drydock that represents the final phase of a $2 billion eight-year project, and this phase involves a real transformation.  Let’s look at some of the new features and venues still to come, how this all relates to pizza, and then get Billy’s take on how this positions Carnival compared to their competitors... Read more about Carnival Nears Completion of $2B Fleet Enhancement, Changes Ship Names, Marries Pizza & Tech

NCL is Working on a New Technology Platform, "Cruise Freedom™" - the Tech Race in Cruising Steams Ahead

NCL Cruise Freedom

Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCL) recently revealed that they've been working with DeCurtis Corporation to develop a new technology platform known as "Cruise Freedom™" in an effort that they hope, "meaningfully enhances the guest experience from the moment of booking throughout [guests] Norwegian cruise." Read more about NCL is Working on a New Technology Platform, "Cruise Freedom™" - the Tech Race in Cruising Steams Ahead

Oceania Announces "Wavenet" - Faster WiFi Across Their Fleet, Plus Free Access

This week Oceania Cruises, a subsidiary of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, announced "Wavenet", a new internet technology coming soon to the fleet, which includes free basic access for all guests.  WiFi on cruise ships was once, and in many cases still is quite expensive and slow, but it's become much better and cheaper over the past couple of years - changes certainly welcome by many guests as well as crew members... Read more about Oceania Announces "Wavenet" - Faster WiFi Across Their Fleet, Plus Free Access

Using Two-Way Radios to Keep in Touch on Cruise Ships

Keeping in touch with friends or family on a cruise is easy if you're going to be purchasing an onboard WiFi package, but often guests look to handheld radios or "walkie-talkies" for a cheaper way to coordinate happenings on ever-larger ships with countless distracting events.  This can certainly be an effective option for some, but you'll want to keep reading to learn about features, options, reasonable expectations, and a few "gotchas" before relying on two-way radios on your cruise.  Warning, I'm an amateur radio operator, used to work in radio communications, and a bit of a nerd - but I'll try to keep things simple. Read more about Using Two-Way Radios to Keep in Touch on Cruise Ships

“Smart Bags” Have Become Popular – But We Find Some Impracticalities, and Now Airlines Are Banning Them

We love travel tech, and have talked about how we pack for cruises.  If you’re looking to invest in luggage for your next trip you may have seen bags with built in batteries – but we think you should avoid them.  In addition to some conceptual flaws we’ve noticed, you may soon have trouble flying with these bags... Read more about “Smart Bags” Have Become Popular – But We Find Some Impracticalities, and Now Airlines Are Banning Them

Royal Caribbean Announces New Tech for Better Experiences Across All Their Lines at "Sea Beyond" Event

Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines' Sea Beyond Event in NYC - signRoyal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (parent company to Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, and Azamara Club Cruises) made some big announcements this week around the technology in and on their ships. The “Sea Beyond” event was hosted this Wednesday in NYC, and RoyalCaribbeanBlog.com was there to get the scoop.  Nobody covers Royal Caribbean like they do, so you should first get the whole story by checking out their coverage of Sea Beyond.  These announcements however really had us thinking (we love cruising and technology) so we couldn’t let it go without jumping in and providing our take… Read more about Royal Caribbean Announces New Tech for Better Experiences Across All Their Lines at "Sea Beyond" Event