There’s a trend taking place and MSC Cruises knows it. Passengers are tired of getting gouged with exorbitant prices to access internet on a cruise. And even then, it has been unreliable or painfully slow. Who hasn’t watched in frustration as the timer ticked away while waiting for a basic web page or email to load?
Cruise lines and the satellite providers knew that it was important for cruisers to stay connected while at sea. Whether for work, social networking or simply to find what to do ashore or sports scores, cruise ship guests needed their internet. It still isn’t unusual to find a price of $199 for 450 (unreliable) minutes.
A new player to onboard internet, Marlink, has been a provider of communications to remote areas around the world for a long time. Now, MSC Cruises and Marlink have created a way for guests to connect at high-band width no matter where they are sailing.
Guests can select their internet packages based on their personal needs and amount of devices used.
New internet packages to choose
- Social Package: for guests who want to connect to social media, post photos and stay in touch with friends and family. This package gives guests 24/7 access to social networks on one device. Price: $4.50/day or $16.50 for a 7-night cruise.
- Surfer Package: good for those who want a little more access for social, access to web news and sports reports and check email. One device only. Price: $11/day or $33 for a 7-night cruise.
- Streamer Package: offers full internet access without limitations and at the fastest speeds. Just like back home, guests have full access to web sites, social media plus audio and video streaming. Good for up to four devices. Price: $22/day or $66 for a 7-night cruise.
Passengers can book their internet packages before their cruise or while onboard. Packages can be upgraded or recharged during the cruise if more time and accessibility is needed.
This new internet program is currently available on the MSC Divina in the Caribbean and the MSC Preziosa in the Mediterranean. MSC Cruises will roll out the new internet service to the entire fleet in the next few months.
Finally! Low-cost AND high-speed internet connection options at sea.
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