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Old September 21st, 2010, 01:53 AM
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Question Internet Access

I see there is internet access on all ships. My question is if I buy a pre paid package, if I exceed my limit does the excess then go on to a 'minute by minute' basis?
Looks like my requirement will fall nicely between 2 packages
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Old September 22nd, 2010, 08:24 AM
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Certainly, when your package expires you will pay by the minute.

Keep in mind that the internet on ships is a bit slow, so you might need more time than you would at home.

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Manuel gave you the right answer and what to look out for. You will need more time than you think.

The price/minute significantly increases once you go over your package minutes.

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Old September 22nd, 2010, 04:39 PM
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My suggestion is to not try and communicate via the internet in any public place
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Old September 22nd, 2010, 11:57 PM
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I just got back off the Monarch and I paid over $100 in internet charges.

A couple of tips that I learned.

1, Facebook and Twitter will take at least two minutes to log on.

2. If you are communicating via email, type them out on your laptop and than copy and paste to your email when you have a connection.

3. If you are using a chat application, don't get lost in time.

4. A lot of ports have free internet at the McDonalds or local establishments.

5. Late at night is the best time to get on. There is more bandwidth available.

6. You can forget about trying to load video/audio media. Super slow.

Hope this helps.
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Old September 23rd, 2010, 12:37 AM
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Public computers are not secure .So many people forget to log off .
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Old September 23rd, 2010, 04:16 AM
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Thanks all for your comments. V sad I know, but I just need to log into an online MMORG every couple of days to conserve turns/gold !!
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Old September 25th, 2010, 12:48 PM
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Although I have not used the internet on Royal Caribbean, I think the policies and prices are quite similar across lines. Yes, you will be charged per minute when your package expires. However every time I logged on (on another cruise line) the system told me how many minutes I had remaining from my package. It also asked me if I would like to buy another package.

Conserving your minutes is a much better option - but if you used all your minutes the first three days of a 7-day cruise, buying another package could save you money vs. paying per minute thereafter.

Agree with unfdoug that WHEN you go online impacts your speed.
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