You pay the same price to connect whether you bring your own or not. I know on some of the ships, you can connect in your cabin using your laptop. I'm not sure about the Glory. I've heard some great suggestions from other people here. Since connection time is expensive. Write up all of your emails ahead of time on your laptop so when you get online, you just copy paste and send. That way your not composing and spending all that money at the same time.
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I took mine on our last cruise and found that the only reason I used it was to offload video/pictures from the cameras. Carnival has several days that they offer free "10 min. online" to sell their internet packages. We use this time to print our boarding passes for the return flight.
No. what a waste. We took ours on the Liberty thinking that we could email our children. It is so expensive. We were under the impression we could use it for free from our cabins. Don't waste your time carrying it around.
I had friends who took theirs in March and wasted most of their minutes on the slow connections. However, I used the ones onboard and spent less than 3 minutes verifying my direct deposit was applied to account. This included the time needed to log on with new account. I found the connections to be very fast. There are certain things the shipboard computers don't allow you to do and I think one of them is send attachements....so if picture sending is your goal, you may want to take the laptop, but be aware it can be very expensive.
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Thanks everyone for your input, I may bring it, if the places we stay at after the cruise have free internet. Kids, yes if I was traveling with little ones I would bring it for sure for the movie's and off line games. If I check and the Glory has hookup in the room I may bring it or just use the ones on board as there not to bad. It may not be worth the hassel bring ing it along and my DH would love to see me without it in front of me!!! Ha Ha Thanks again!!!
I always take a laptop on a cruise for the following reasons:
1) To bring in and edit/organize my digital photos, also those from my wife and son's cameras.
2) To bring in and edit any movies I've recorded.
3) To use to write my journal, which later turns into my web pages for that cruise.
4) To watch DVDs or other movies in those occasional boring moments.
5) Finally, for email and other internet stuff...
However, don't buy internet minutes from the ship - it's too expensive for the speed you don't get. Instead, take the laptop ashore in any port...you can find an internet cafe within a 5 minute walk and pay less than $5 for an hour or so. And many internet cafes also serve cold cerveza!
I take my laptop everywhere I go...especially on the ship....dvd watching whenever,and camera to laptop transfers.The ship repeats the same movies over,and over on the television,and besides my ten year old controls the remote in the room.....he can find cartoons anywhere.
I wish I could bring a laptop with me. Unfortunately my career is in the Internet business so laptops and computers are a way of life. "DW" would stand for "Divorced Wife" if I tried to bring one on vacation.
I took my laptop on the Liberty and used it every day. I sent pictures to my kids and checked my email. I thought the package they sold was very reasonable and loved being able to connect wi-fi from our room. My husband was able to do some research for a talk he had to give when we got home. I know that it helped him to relax and not worry about work. We just got off the Oosterdam and did not have wi-fi in the room. I bought some time, but I had to go to a public room to use it. I would probably not take my laptop on a ship without wi-fi in the room. The Oo has dvd players in most of the rooms so I wouldn't need it for movies. I will be going on the Westerdam soon and still have not heard if they have wi-fi in the staterooms. If they don't I will just use the shipboard computers to check email.
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