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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

The Speed of Light & The Challenge of Delivering Broadband Internet at Sea

In a world where we're constantly connected, those new to cruising are frequently shocked to find out about the high cost and sometimes poor speed of cruise ship internet connections.  We've written before about staying in touch at sea, as well as various lines' efforts to better connection speeds and prices on-board cruise ships.  What we haven't discussed is why it's so tricky.  We'll try to keep things relatively simple, but be ready to get nerdy as we examine why the speed of light isn't fast enough when it comes to WiFi on the high seas.

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Will there be WiFi on the ship? 11 Tips to Keep You Connected While Cruising

Whether you want to share your vacation memories as they happen or you're looking to be able to keep in touch with those back home, many of you have asked questions about staying connected while cruising, and there is no single answer.  In the past couple of years cell phone carriers have made international roaming a bit more palatable, but cell phone roaming rates on ships are still completely impractical, at least for calls and data.  What are your options if you want to stay in touch while cruising?  We've got 11 tips to keep you connected without breaking the bank... Read more about Will there be WiFi on the ship? 11 Tips to Keep You Connected While Cruising