Regent Seven Seas is following in the footsteps of river cruise lines by offering guests unlimited Internet access as part of its all-inclusive fare.
Commencing from 1 January 2015, Regent Seven Seas guests booked in upper suites will have unlimited Internet access in public spaces or via the ship-wide Wi-Fi system.
Top tier suites include the Master, Grand, Seven Seas, Horizon, Mariner, Navigator and Voyager.
Passengers staying in the Penthouse and Concierge suites already have access to complimentary Internet based on the length of their cruise. For example a seven-night voyage equates to 200-minutes free Internet or 16-nights extends to 500 minutes.
Gold status or above members of Regent Seven Seas’ loyalty program will also continue to have access to unlimited internet, regardless of the suite selection.
President Kunal S Kamlani said: “By introducing the industry’s only unlimited complimentary internet program onboard our ships, we continue to fulfill our guest promise to deliver the most inclusive experience available, at sea or on land.”
Internet at sea is a sensitive topic amongst cruisers, who find themselves paying up to $30 a day just to access social media sites and stay connected to people back home.
What’s worse, is the Internet connection is often quite slow and frustrating to use.
Seeing demand for fast and affordable connections at sea, cruise lines have started to adopt new measures to keep passengers online throughout their cruise.
In April this year, Royal Caribbean paired a new generation of medium-Earth orbit satellites to antenna arrays aboard Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas to provide Internet speeds that match and surpass those ashore.
Disney Cruise Line also introduced a new Internet billing system in February, whereby guests would be charged on how much data they use as opposed to how long they spend online.