Expert advice: Complimentary wifi - Cruise International

Expert advice: Complimentary wifi

By Julie Peasgood | 23 Nov 2016

Julie Peasgood is a TV presenter, travel expert and Contributing Editor for Cruise International

Photographing Puerto de la Cruz City on Tenerife island © iStock

Photographing Puerto de la Cruz City on Tenerife island © iStock

Q. I have a close-knit family and I love to keep them updated on my travels. Which cruise ships offer complimentary wifi and internet?

A. In the past, using wifi at sea was expensive and often a struggle if the ship was mid ocean. But the past couple of years have seen considerable improvements in pricing structures and increased bandwidth. In terms of complimentary wifi, river cruise lines tend to be more generous than ocean-going lines, although Viking Cruises do offer free wifi on all their vessels. Uniworld and AmaWaterways also offer complimentary wifi, as do Saga Cruises and luxury lines such as Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Oceania Cruises. Crystal and Silversea provide all guests one hour of free internet access, with unlimited availability in the highest grade suites and on world cruises. Basic wifi should be fine for emailing your family, but video-streaming may carry a charge (every cruise line should have details on its website). Public hotspots on board, such as in reception or the internet café, are best for connectivity, but if you want to stay in your cabin it can sometimes help to prop your door open to get better signal. Or do as the crew do and head for the open internet area in every port or the nearest café with free wifi.

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