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Will be going on my first cruise with HAL on the Noordam Feb. 7th and was wondering what the cost of internet access is. Also how large is the internet cafe on this ship?
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Jim - the internet cafe is quite large - lots of computers to use.

There is a charge of $3.75 (I think) to register and then it's either 75 cents a minute or you can buy a package of 100 minutes for $55.00. There is also a 200 minute package but I don't know the cost. I threw all the "garbage" out when I left the ship last week.

I hope you have as wonderful a cruise as we did. Crew were fantastic, the food was excellent and the weather perfect.

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Hi Dee Dee.......Wonderful cruise, wasn't it???!!!

As "D" said, there is an Internet package for 100 minutes which costs $55 plus the one time start up charge of $3.95. There is also a 250 minute package for $100 plus the start up charge.

You can pay by the minute and 75 cents, as written above, sounds correct.

Have a GREAT cruise. We did!!!
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Appears that charging for internet access is nothing but a revenue tool.

The satellite uplink is a flat and constant cost regardless of the amount of users.. The suites get access for free so if nobody uses the internet on a fee basis the cruise line will still pay the flat cost.

What could have been a perk is just another palm out.
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Rinker.......

You are mistaken. Suite guests pay the same thing for Internet on HAL ships that everyone else pays. We are always in an "S" Suite and we always buy our Internet package.

Of course it is a revenue producing item. What's wrong with that? No one has to buy a package or use the computers if they don't wish. No one has to play bingo, purchase photographs, go to the casino, buy anything in the shops.......All revenue producing venues on all the ships.

I don't see anything wrong with that. It keeps our fares from being even higher.

Pay here or pay there. At least we have the choice of discretionary spending while aboard.
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My only mistake was to assume that all lines have the same policy.
NCL (for one) provides the internet for free in the suites.

I stand by the rest of my post.
It is an opinion.
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You can usually find an internet cafe in port, where the cost is nominal. We just returned from 14 days through the Panama Canal. We typically paid about $2-3 per hour.
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We just returned from Princess 10 day and their charge was .50 cents per minute and no start fee. Interesting how upscale ships charge upscale Internet fee.
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PHOTOFUN,
Those are the lowest fees for on board access I have heard so far.
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We have decided if we feel it is necessary to get on line we will use the internet cafes at port. NMnita
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We just returned from Princess 10 day and their charge was .50 cents per minute and no start fee. Interesting how upscale ships charge upscale Internet fee.
With Princess after you cruise 6 times you become an Elite member of the Captain's Circle and then you get free internet access.
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We have decided if we feel it is necessary to get on line we will use the internet cafes at port. NMnita
Yeah, same here. Either that or have everthing ready to send and bop! In and out.
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We have decided if we feel it is necessary to get on line we will use the internet cafes at port. NMnita
Becareful here. If it is public computer, you have not idea what is installed on it. Heard of key loggers?

Even on your own laptop, it is dangerous if you don't have the proper security measures in place.

I would trust the ship more than the Internet Cafes.
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HAL ships now have wireless hot spots all over the ship in public places where you can use your own laptop. But you have to pay for access just as if you were using the ship's computers and it is very expensive and very slow if the satellite is loaded.
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I just returned from a cruise on the Westerdam and HAL has a new internet service provider. The prices have gone UP! A block of 100 minutes is now $70. UGH!! You can still purchase minutes at .75 a min. Did not ask about the 250 min block. Can only imagine how much that was. Also the price of the thermal pool has doubled. I was on the Westy two years ago and the daily price was $10. It's now $20. On the Noordam inaugural cruise, I purchased the 10 day package for only $75. I hate how they continue to raise the prices of the cruises themselves and then get you over and over again once you are on the ship. Have fun on the Noordam. It's a gorgeous ship.
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Well perhaps the new ISP will be an improvement over the last one. A year ago, we were on the Statendam for a month repositioning (China, Japan, Alaska) I had my laptop and the service was sometimes so slow that I was not getting anywhere near my money's worth, and the contract computer gal was far more interested in her romance with one of the crew members than with helping any passengers (who she apparently saw as a nuisance) with their computer problems.
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I just returned from a cruise on the Westerdam and HAL has a new internet service provider. The prices have gone UP! A block of 100 minutes is now $70. UGH!! You can still purchase minutes at .75 a min. Did not ask about the 250 min block. Can only imagine how much that was. Also the price of the thermal pool has doubled. I was on the Westy two years ago and the daily price was $10. It's now $20. On the Noordam inaugural cruise, I purchased the 10 day package for only $75. I hate how they continue to raise the prices of the cruises themselves and then get you over and over again once you are on the ship. Have fun on the Noordam. It's a gorgeous ship.
Yikes!
Fwiw, the Internet prices on the Oosterdam this past week had not gone up. It was still $0.75/minute pay as you go, $55 for 100 minutes, or $100 for 250 minutes.
However, the "thermal suite" is $40/day. Not sure what the differences may be between the two ships as far as these offerings go (faster net access? more extensive thermal suite?). I would have enjoyed a day of a thermal pool @ $20, but I wasn't willing to pay $40.

Still had a wonderful time.

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I am always surprised at the amount of 'regular day stuff' that occurs while a person is on, what is supposed to be, a vacation

While admittedly a person in a rut as far as my first-thing-in-the-morning routine, the hour at the computer each dawn is totally forgotten while away from home. Family and friends all know we are away so don't expect any e-mail traffic. The spammers can just wait to be deleted (unread) until the vacation is over.

Still, the internet access fees, and the amount it costs for each minute, has always seemed to be quite high, and not what I'm interested in paying. However, if the access is needed for a working vacation, I can understand the gripe. Are there special prices for business people- those folks who are on-board for a floating convention?

As for using an internet cafe...those have been used. However, I have a special e-mail address which is ONLY opened for public computers. It makes it easier to keep track of non-wanted traffic and can always be changed.
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I wait until I'm ashore and locate an internet cafe to keep in touch with the kids. Rates are quite cheap compared with the ship. Plus, you get high-speed service.

On our recent trip I did spend a few bucks online in the ship's internet center so I could check us and our friends in for our morning flight home the next day (and be in the coveted "A" boarding group on Southwest.)
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Obviously, I have to spend a lot of time on the Web doing my work for CM. so I carry my laptop everywhere. A slow connection or expensive web access can kill me. One of our staffers, Mike Mastellar has written a guide on who to save web time on ships, such as

1. download all your email, log off, write your replies, log on and send them.

2. For message boards, copy an entire page of a thread into a document, log off. Pre-write all of your replies in a document, log on and paste them in.

As for Princess, they have changed their web access policy for elite club members, you now only get a credit depending on your status and what cruise you are on...

$75 credit for cruises up to seven days

$100 credit for cruises 8-20 days

$200 credit for cruises 21 days or longer

Finally - since I use a lot of different web programs, I find the best thing is to tale my laptop to a Web cafe onshore and log in to their network. Then I can work for 2 hours for a few dollars, and that is usally enough to get my work done.
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