Hi will be taking a laptop for the first time on our next cruise, Celebrity mercury to Alaska. We have always used the internet cafe before. what is the system for using laptops?, is there a plug in connection in cabins. Any info would be appreciated. Thnx
We have taken laptops on several cruises and would like to suggest a way to save some money. You can take your laptop or netbook ashore and use one of the internet cafes on shore of a fraction of the price aboard the ship. In one Alaska town we hooked up wireless at the library. Many Starbucks and some McDonalds also have WiFi and some are free hookups.
On those older ships they would actually ask you to connect your laptop through your modem into their phone system and configure a "dial-up" connection (remember Earthlink from 1997?) to connect to the web. Oceania ships were like this.
There was no dialing, though, just ausername and password, but it was through the ship's phone (POTS) system.
These days, most of them offer wireless access, which is a little more like broadband (still slower though because the main pipe is satellite).
So, you shouldn't need a modem or dial-up capability if you are in an access point, but in your stateroom it sounds lie they still offer that "dial-up" style of connection.