Carnival to update Onboard Internet Service
On Monday, British-American registered cruise company Carnival announced that it is going to update its onboard Internet Service to offer its customers a 10-fold increase in speed. Carnival is the world's largest cruise company in terms of revenue and passengers handled.
The company's WiFi@Sea high speed network will provide Internet through antennas and satellites, which will be positioned on ground along route of the cruise, Miami-based Carnival. The onboard passengers will be able to easily access the Internet through their gadgets. According to the company, after an initial introduction, it will expand the services of high speed internet to about its 101 ships by 2016.
Carnival's latest decision to offer Internet to its customers could give other companies an opportunity to let passengers promote cruising via social networking websites.
Global chief information officer for Carnival, Ramon Millan, said, "We believe it will also help us attract new cruisers, especially millennials who have made connectivity and social media an everyday part of their lives".
According to reports, pricing for Carnival's service could vary depending with the ship and the passenger category. In a statement, the company said that the service of high speed internet is expected to revolutionize the way and numbers of passengers use the technology during their journey via cruise. According to the company, the services of Internet could be beneficial in the cruise vacations for the tech-savvy millennial generation.
Earlier this year, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCL) had announced that it was planning to enhance Internet connectivity on its new ships by using satellites. The company was also employing luggage tracking for its passengers.
On October 23, Royal Caribbean's chairman and chief executive officer Richard Fain said during a conference call that offering luggage tracking, spa appointments and restaurant reservations are costly investments, but the services could result into long-term success for the company.
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