The iPad will be the same as your lap top as far getting a connection on board ship. You should have much better battery life, etc. with the iPad.
Ray McDonald / Snoozeman
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Future Cruises: Carnival Triumph-Caribbean-7/28/2014, Carnival Legend-South Pacific-8/30/2014, MSC Preziosa-Mediterranean-10/25/2014, MSC Fantasia-Mediterranean-11/2/2014, Navigator of the Seas-12/14/2013, Norwegian Jewel-1/3/2015, Emerald Princess-1/11/2015, Carnival Freedom-2/2/2015, Carnival Freedom-2/15/2015.
iPads have an e-mail application that is essentially the same as any computer e-mail software. In fact on the Rock Legends cruise while I was sitting in the Cafe Promenade each morning with my iPad, I'd download my e-mails and disconnect, and then read them.
Paul, we did 8 cruises for the year. We live in Texas. Wife retired and we rewarded oursleves with the cruises. Got emails through my yahoo account. Composed and/or read offline, went online to send or receive. Will do less this year as she is getting a hip replacement. Back again by mid year.
NAVIGATOR OF THE SEAS - 9/20/15
NAVIGATOR OF THE SEAS - 9/27/15
NAVIGATOR OF THE SEAS - 10/4/15
LIBERTY OF THE SEAS - 11/1/15
LIBERTY OF THE SEAS - 11/13/15