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Rookiecruiser April 21st, 2007 07:12 PM

New to the board...
And new to cruising. I have a few questions that maybe some of you long time cruisers can answer. The first one is how much $$ does it cost to use your laptop in the internet cafe? Do they charge by the minute? Should I even bring it?

rinker250 April 21st, 2007 07:17 PM

There are many folks here with a lot of experience ready to share.
I'm not one of them.
I brought my laptop but never used it.
I do remember that the cost to connect on board was pretty substantial.

There are cheap cafes in the ports, I hear.

Mrbill58 April 21st, 2007 07:27 PM

Bring it, you'll probably use it!
In my opinion, buying internet minutes is probably the most expensive service available on the ship (what other service charges you by the minute?). During our "Rome to Home" Cruise (Carnival Liberty, 16 days) I spent about $200 USD just updating my website (photos) and checking my email. I have to say, we did bring our laptop and it was so nice to be able to have WiFi available in our room. In retrospect, I guess it was worth it! I really enjoyed being about to send pics we took that day and send them to friends and family all across the US (while out at sea, whoa, cool).

mehawk April 21st, 2007 07:29 PM

The cruiselines charge by the minute. You can purchase blocks of time to save money.

Luanne Russo April 21st, 2007 08:21 PM

I always do blocks of time. This is one of the things I plan on, when doing a budget for the trip. I also watch the Carnival newspaper which has specials every day.

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