Carnival Corporation has announced it has expanded its innovative hybrid connectivity system to create the cruise industry’s largest Wi-Fi network which can now be enjoyed by many ships across all its brands.
With over 31 advanced satellite systems, the company’s expanded WiFi@Sea connectivity network features the broadest high-bandwidth internet coverage in the industry currently deployed on 30 of its 100 ships, far more than any other cruise line company and with further deployment planned over the next several months.
40 percent of the ship’s within the Carnival Corporation will have the new internet services by the end of 2015 and even more throughout 2016. The expanded WiFi@Sea service has also led to increased guest satisfaction. Carnival Corps brands that are currently using the improved Wi-Fi services include AIDA Cruises, Carnival Cruise Line and Holland America Line.
Reza Rasoulian, vice president of global connectivity and shipboard technology operations at Carnival Corporation said:
“As we continue to enhance our WiFi@Sea system, we implement technologies, packages and overall approaches that will create the best experience and value for our guests wherever their cruise vacation takes them,” We optimize all of our service layers continuously to ensure a great connectivity experience. With this approach, we are giving our guests faster internet speeds without constraining the time they can be online through our packages, which has led to more people than ever using their devices to connect while on our ships and a steady improvement in guest satisfaction ratings as the new plans and pricing are rolled out.”
The system is a first-of-its kind solution that integrates a combination of advanced satellite systems, onboard software, networking equipment, land-based antennas and Wi-Fi from port connections. The technology is expected to change how millions of travelers stay in touch during their cruise and generate even greater interest in cruise vacations.
New internet packages are also being improved with better options for guests including Carnival Cruise Line. have you used the enhanced wi-fi services? let us know in the comments below.