Seems like I read somewhere that there are some kind of Internet cafe's on the ship somewhere, but that they cost like .75 cents per minute - ugh! Is that true or could I be reading it wrong?
I'm not planning to spend HOURS on a computer there (like I do at home!), but I would like to check in once or twice just to check my E-mails and drop a line to my friends. How to do that without breaking the bank or lugging one of my laptops along???
I just got off the carnival legend and if you don't buy a block of time the charge is .75 per minute. I bought the block of 100 mins and it was .55 per minute. I believe the other option was 250 mins but I'm not sure of the price of that one.
I was wondering about Internet cafe's on shore. I think that's probably our best bet. That way all four of us can all spend an hour or so and everyone can check their messages - yes, even my 6 year old. We're all a bunch of computer nerds. We even had to get his and hers and kids computers with a wireless router to stop all the fussing over computer time.
Welcome to the new millenium! Remember when we were kids and we would get presents of dolls or jacks, or those little paddle and ball things - nowadays kids just want video games and Ipods. Quite a change in just one generation!
In nice hotel in Beijing in 2000, went to Internet room. Tried and tried, but could not access Yahoo.
In Ulan Bator, Mongolia, a few days later, near the museum, found an Internet cafe. It was about 3-4 cents a minute. Logged onto Yahoo retrived my email.
Also found out why couldn't get Yahoo in Beijing. there was a dispute between Chinese government and Yahoo, about pornograpy being allowed by Yahoo!
We just completed a cruise on the Carnival Spirit where the base price was 75 cent a minute and since the price was so high I was glad because I wanted to get away from my computer at home.. In this ship the computers are located in a rather small library and there were in excess of 12 laptops. I never same more than two or three people using the computers. Often there was no one using the computers, except may be the employee in charge.
We have more than 50 plus or more cruises with Princess Cruises going back to 1972 when they were the hot line on the Mexican Riviera and have just about every card they offer , Last year we were on the Regal Princess to Alaska and we were not offerred any special deal on the few computers they displayed. I note as a Platinum Prinncess Captains Circle Member as a Platinum Member there is Free Access but subject to availability so watch out.
The only good deal I ever came across was on the Crystal Harmony when I signed up
for there College course on Computers where the Internet was free. But then you pay a price since cruisingon a Crystal ship "ain't cheap."
Well, Hanna, we're at the Elite level on Princess (and if you've taken 50+ cruises with them you should be too!), and a few weeks ago on the Diamond we found the internet cafe to be a very hospitable place, featuring the best coffee on the ship (for a small charge), and plenty of terminals. We never had to wait to use one, we stayed on for as long as it took, and it was completely free.
The Captain's Club benefits guide says that both Platinum and Elite members get free internet. The "subject to availability" disclaimer comes from the legal department, and is there to 1) keep you from demanding a free cruise if the internet system goes down, and 2) to cover them in case there's a huge demand on a ship that has relatively meager facilities. In practice, I've never seen anybody on any line being denied service because their frequent cruiser status entitled them to a freebie. Bad marketing idea.
In rereading your message, it might help you to know that beyond stating the benefits in the Princess Captan's Circle brochure, individuals are not offered "any special deal" regarding internet use when you board. You simply swipe your card in the reader for access to the system just like anybody else. But if you're a platinum or elite member, all charges are zeroed out on your bill, so you pay nothing. If for some reason they screw up and don't credit the charges back, a simple visit to the desk will straighten things out.