The last time I was on the Dawn they did not have Wi-Fi. We are going to be on the Dawn on 2/24/08 so I can answer you when we get back but be prepared for a "NO".
With the money that they make off of the internet cafe, I cannot imagine them giving the Wi-Fi away for free. They really have a captive market.
What we have done in the past is wait until you get to a port and find an internet cafe in town for a cheap rate. We just check our e-mails and catch up on what is going on at home. The rates are usually 1/10 of what the ship charges. I seem to remember that the going rate onboard was $.75 per minute but I could be wrong.
The other issue is that the internet onboard is notoriously slow and the sign-in process eats up a few minutes alone. Waiting for the pages to come up is frustratingly slow and you can almost hear the cash registers ringing in the Purser's Office with each minute that ticks by.
Now if you can do work for your job and charge it to an expense account when you get back home, I say go for it.
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Can anyone tell me if NCL-Dawn has free wifi if you bring your own laptop on board the ship?
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Are you kidding. This is a cruise ship. They have not figured out how to get the $29.95 DSL line long enough to follow the ship. Bandwidth in the middle of the ocean is not cheap. They do have WiFi in the public areas but the cost is the same as the Internet Cafe $.40 to $.75 per minute depending on the plan you sign up for
You are correct, bandwith at sea is not cheap.
However, it is a flat rate regardless of the users. Yes, more people can slow it down but the cost does not go up.
The Liner is connected anyway so they really should bring the price down considerably so it can be considered a perk.
Of course, if they make it beneficial to connect then folks won't be blowing bucks in the casino or bars.
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