We will be on the Golden Princess (my first cruise) in the southern Caribbean 2/13-20 -my question - should we bring our laptop?. It has a wireless card in it. If we bring it, can we use it in our room or do we have to take it to a cafe or other hot spot? How does this work on ships? Or, is it just not worth the effort of taking it along? We need to do email daily. Thanks Elena
I always bring my laptop, but until recently I wasn't able to connect it to the ship's network. Rather than pay the ship's prices for net access (on their computers), I just carried the laptop ashore in each port. The crew members can tell you where all the internet cafe's are, and you can attach your laptop for maybe $3/hour.
Besides, if you take the laptop, you can use it to hold all those digital photos when the memory card gets full, right? And use it to write your review that we look forward to reading <g>.
I always bring my laptop on my cruises. There is no problem with laptops and x-ray scanners.
Princess now has wireless, for a fee, access onboard all ships. It is available in the atrium areas only. If you want it in your cabin you will hook up with the old, slow, unreliable, phone hook up. Here is there press release from December:
Princess Expands Internet Options with Fleetwide Wireless Access, New Internet Cafés
Passengers Can Now Log On with Personal Laptops Aboard Every Ship
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (December 03, 2004) - Passengers who pack their own laptop can now use it to check their email or surf the Internet aboard any Princess ship. Wireless "hotspots" for Internet access have been expanded throughout the fleet, and are now available on all 14 Princess vessels.
Passengers who want to enjoy web surfing from the comfort of their own computer can purchase Internet time for just 35 cents per minute and settle back to check their email or stock quotes from any of the ships' atrium areas.
In addition, the Internet will be even more accessible aboard several ships which will sport new Internet Cafés, significantly expanding the number of computer terminals onboard.
"Staying connected is important to many of our passengers," said Jan Swartz, Princess' senior vice president of customer service and sales. "So we are continually looking for ways that we can offer the convenience of additional Internet services that enable people to keep in touch on vacation. We have been gradually rolling our Wi-Fi program out over the past year and are very pleased to now be able to feature it fleetwide."
Passengers may purchase time on Princess' Wireless Network at the passenger services desk at a rate of $10.50 for 30 minutes. To access the network, users will need a laptop with wireless capabilities. Passengers with computers that do not already have a wireless network card may purchase a 'Windows XP' compatible card on board.
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