Can't speak for Carnival.
On HAL and RCI you used terminals that ran Internet Explorer.
The terminal are connected to a central server.This means that
you can't download or upload from Email or the web.
The rate is about 75 cents per min + a 5 dollar setup charge.
Plans are usually cheaper 100 min is 50 cents/min
250 min is 35 cents/min
You can't pre purchase your internet plan .
The best deal is buy it on embarkation day . Usually they
have a special.
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Carnival does offer several packages x minutes for y dollars. The more minutes you buy the cheaper it is per minute. The best deals are usually offered at the beginning of the cruise. There are specials advertised throughout the week in the Capers.
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We have been on sevferal crusie lines and the cost are somewhat the saem. Dependidng on the plan purchased the per minute cost will be anywhere from 40 cents to 75 cents per minute. The longer the plan the less per minute cost. Some (no all) crusie lines will offer a special on the first day of the crusie. That is usually an addition of a few minutes determined by the paln you purchase. On longer cruises the ship may offer the same "extra" minutes again especially if sales have been slow. All PC that we have used aboard ships use Microsoft Windowns for their operating system. I have never seems an Apple abaord ship nor have I encounted any other operating system. Internet Explorer is a "browser" and generalaly the ships uses the Microsofr Internet Explorer as the browser. You generalaly cannot change the browser abord the ship. In fact the ship's system will have you locked out" on several things you might like to do. For example you cannot upload pictures from the ship's computers. You can get around this ( in lost cases) by using your own laptop or netbook. However that may be a slow process and whether you are paying 75 cents or 40 dents per minute it can become costly. A better alternative is to take your camera and memory card to an internet cafe on shore and use thier PC. The cost can sometimes be as little as $1 an hour.Before paying be sure and ask if you can upload your pictures as there are some internet cafes that won't permit this. Have a great trip.
Just back from our trip. They had 2 plans, 30 min (I think was $16.50) and 60 min plan for $24.00. Both plans also had additional one time charge of $3.95 for set up fee. When you agree to a plan on embark day you get 10 free minutes added to the plan you purchase. The computers start your time from the moment you log on. There were a little slow but not as bad as I thought.
Also phone rates are $6.99 calling back to the US, if you go over your minute, the time is rounded up so be careful!
Email was ok for general keeping in touch & letting family know you are ok but I just needed the phone voice... My cell would not roam in Mexico nor from the ships "cell service".
If you just want to check e-mail and are in no particular hurry I suggest you wait until you are in port. We have often found internet outlets just a short walk from the dock and time charges are very reasonable.
Just back from our trip - internet rates were 30 min for $16.50 & 60 min for $24.00, There is a 1 time set up fee of $3.95. Embark special for signing up that day or by 10pm that night (I think) you got - 10 free min w/ the 60 min plan & 5 min w/ the 30 min plan. It was a little slow but really wasn't that bad.
Also, you can't link to your cell carrier's website & send a text message from there...that part of the site is blocked. FYI....I did try & I did ask....