We just got off the Oosterdam. Wifi generally worked all over the ship. It worked fine in our room. Cost is outrageous. I got the best plan of 250 minutes for $ 100. .40 a minute. Speed can be sluggish at times.
Corkage fee was $ 18 per bottle plus a 15% gratuity.
I have always been disappointed in the speed of Internet service on ships especially at the outrageous rates they charge. I find it does help to go for off peak hours when the usage is not so heavy. You are very lucky to have free internet with Princess.
That aside, we are big fans of Princess, but I think you will be very pleasantly surprised by HAL
Landlocked in Denver, but cruisin every chance we get.
Polynesia, Carib. '86
Cr. Odyssey, Scandinavia, '91, 30 Day S Pac. 2002
Crystal Harm, Aust., N.Z., '94
Royal Odyssey, AK,'96
Old Cr. Pr. Canal, '97
RCCL, Carib, 1998
Volendam, Car, 2000
Ryndam, 35 day S. Am., Antarctica, '03
Is. Pr., Canal, 2004
Statendam, 34 day China, Japan, AK '06
Cr.Pr., Carib. 08
Eurodam, Atlantic, Med. '10
I booked a 15 night Asian Cruise on Holland America with a travel agent that went AWOL for months. I couldn't get a response by phone or email. I gather that he has had some personal issues. We are traveling with friends that recommended the agent. My friends admitted that his behavior seemed pretty lax and unusual over the last 6 months.
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Internet cost on the HAL chips will be the same whether you use their PCs of yours. I use my laptop and found that internet connection aboard the ship depended a lot upon the location of your cabin. We have just come off of two 30 plus days on HAL and the service on one cruise where we had a balcony cabin was fairly good however on the other we had a lower floor cabin and the service was almost non-existant. The PC manager confirmned that I should not expect good service in all areas of the ship and in soem areas no service at all. Surely HAL will address this soon if they have not already addressed. We finally gave up using the laptop on one cruise and just went to the ship's internet area and used their PCs.