Staying Connected While Cruising
Sailing around the seven seas on a cruise ship is the time when you can truly get away from it all: away from the drudgery of working a nine-to-five, oblivious to the emails piling up in virtual space, and out of range from those annoying phone calls from telemarketers and the like. But let’s be honest here: we still love staying in touch with friends and family when we’re off travelling – if not to make them insanely jealous, then at least to make sure everything is still running like it should back home.
Luckily, a number of cruise line companies have begun rolling out communication solutions so that passengers have access to decent Wi-Fi when out at sea. Thanks to satellite technology, it’s now possible for cruisers to send emails, post on Facebook, stream movies and even Skype friends and family back home while at sea. Here are 3 things you need to know about accessing the Internet when out at sea, and what you can do to make your connection as fast as possible.
1. Internet at Sea will be Slower
Internet speeds, while out at sea, will never be as fast as back home – at least for the time being. Cruise ships that offer Wi-Fi onboard need to send and receive Internet data to satellites thousands of kilometers above the Earth.
Obviously this takes much more time to do when compared to your broadband connection at home (where data usually only has to travel 2 or 3 kilometres along fibre optic lines to reach the telecommunication substation). It’s a bitter pill to swallow, but don’t expect to have a lag-free Skype call or cinematic experience just yet.
2. Use the Wi-Fi at Night
Ever noticed how the Internet seems to slow down as more and more people jump online? It’s definitely no coincidence. Cruise ships only have a certain amount of available bandwidth for everyone onboard, and the more people that share it, the slower the connection.
To work around this, use the Internet at night when everyone else is sleeping. That way you’ll have most of the bandwidth to yourself. Streaming a movie while lying in your bed may just be possible if you time it right.
3. Turn Your Phone Off to Prevent having an Exorbitant Bill
The last thing you need when you return from a relaxing cruise is to be slapped in the face with an expensive phone bill. Especially when you hadn’t really used your phone all that much. Prevent this from happening to you by making sure you either switch off your phone or put it in airplane mode. This will essentially stop your phone from roaming – the cause of many excessive phone bills. Use Internet based communication applications – such as Whatsapp and Facebook – to communicate instead.
Ready to take to the open seas on an epic cruise voyage? Comfortable knowing that you’ll still be able to keep in touch with family and friends back home? Then call one of our expert consultants on 1300 954 661 today, and let us help get you there.