Staying connected while at sea is now easier than ever as cruise ships are fully wired with internet cafes, Wifi, onboard apps, cell phone reception, and internet at sea.
However, not all cruise lines are equally wired and connection can vary from ship to ship within the same cruise line. This article outlines the different packages and pricing that each cruise line and ship has to offer you during your cruise vacation. Pricing and availability are subject to change.
Azamara Internet at Sea
Internet and Wi-Fi: Both Azamara ships have onboard computer centers with 24-hour access. Wireless access on smartphones and laptops is available throughout the ship.
|Package minutes||Price per minute||Package price|
|Full Voyage Unlimited||Varies||$19.95 per day|
Carnival Internet at Sea
Carnival offers three different types of plans that can be purchased either before your cruise or onboard as follows:
|Package||Details||Pre-cruise price per day||On-board price per day|
|Social||Access the most popular websites and applications. Includes: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Linkedin, Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp. Does not include access to other websites or apps.||$6.80||$8.00|
|Value||Surf all your favorite sites, including e-mail, news, sports, weather, banking and finance. Note: Does not support Skype calling or music streaming (such as Spotify).||$10.20||$12.00|
|Premium||From e-mail to Skype, our Premium plan promises the fastest possible connection, at speeds up to 3 times faster than our Value Plan. Supports Skype video calling, where coverage allows.||$14.45||$17.00|
Users may easily upgrade from one plan to another. Users may use one device at a time on each plan, including either their personal devices or one of our on-board computers. All plans exclude video streaming (such as Netflix or Hulu). Cellular-network-dependent WiFi Calling and Facetime services are also not supported at this time. Printing is offered at no charge.
Celebrity Internet at Sea
- Internet and Wi-Fi: all ships in the fleet offer Wi-Fi connectivity throughout,.
- All ships have 24-hour Internet cafes.
- Eclipse, Millennium, Solstice, Silhouette, Summit, and Infinity also have iLounges with workstations and classes featuring the latest Apple products.
|Trip Length||Pre-boarding Price||Onboard Price|
Costa Internet at Sea
Internet and Wi-Fi:
- All ships have Internet cafes.
- Wi-Fi onboard works on all devices and is available throughout the ship.
- 3G and GSM connectivity is available. Careful!
Roaming charges will apply.
Each plan can be used on one device at a time only.
- Data package: The perfect package for those who want to surf occasionally, check emails or post on social networks. It allows unlimited Internet access, until the pre-paid data threshold is reached. There are several options, from 250 MB to 3 GB.
- Social package: For guests who can’t do without their social networks, chats or who want to share photos with friends. From only €5 per day, it includes access to the following social networks or services: Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Twitter, WhatsApp, Threema, Snapchat, Googleplus, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, Xing, LinkedIn. You can buy it for a day or for the entire cruise.
- Costa also has a pay-as-you-go plan starting at €0.25/minute plus an initial €3 activation fee.
Cunard Internet at Sea
For $49.95, you will receive 120 minutes of satellite internet time. (Depending on the packages available on board, there may also be a one-time activation fee of $3.75)
The internet stations are open 24 hours a day should you need to use one of their devices.
Suites booked on Cunard come with Internet included!
Disney Internet at Sea
Both Disney Magic and Disney Wonder have Internet Cafes (located in the Promenade Lounges), each with computer stations that provide email service and Web connectivity. On Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream, passengers can rent a laptop at the Cove Cafe for an additional charge.
On all ships, computers are available in the teen club, Vibe. Wireless high-speed Internet is available for passengers bringing their own wireless-ready laptops or other electronic devices, with many hotspots set up in a variety of public areas.
Disney’s Internet packages can be used on multiple devices!
|Plan||Data Allowance in MB||Cost||Cost per MB||Notes|
|Pay-as-you-go||1||$0.25||$0.25||Perfect for guests who aren't sure how often they will be online.|
|Small||100||$19||$0.19||A good choice for guests who want to check their email occasionally and then go back to enjoying their cruise.|
|Medium||300||$39||$0.13||Ideal for guests that want to share their vacation pictures with friends right away.|
|Large||1,000||$89||$0.09||This package covers all Internet needs. Guests can even stream movies or music!|
Holland Internet at Sea
Holland’s Standard Plan is available on Noordam, Oosterdam, Eurodam, Prinsendam and HAL’s R-Class and S-Class ships.
The Hybrid Plan is available on the Nieuw Amsterdam and Zuiderdam
Only the MS Westerdam has the new Social media packages listed below.
|Plan||Minutes||Cost per minute||Plan cost|
|Standard Plan - pay as you go||--||$0.75||--|
|Standard Plan - last day of the cruise:||15||$0.40||$12|
|Standard Plan - last day of the cruise:||30||$0.55||$8.25|
|Hybrid Plan - Premium Voyage Package||Unlimited||--||$249|
Westerdam is the only ship to have the new social media package. Here’s how those packages break down, priced for seven-day cruises.
|Plan||Details||Daily cost||Weekly cost|
|Social||Limits access to only eight social media sites, including Facebook and LinkedIn.||$5||$25|
|Enhanced||Excludes videoconferencing and music streaming.||$16||$60|
|Premiere||Excludes video streaming.||$25||$99|
MSC Internet at Sea
Internet service is available at computers in Internet cafes on all MSC ships. Wi-Fi is available in all cabins and common areas with the plans listed here.
You can save 20% by pre-booking your internet package prior to your cruise. Prices below are if you purchase the plan pre-cruise.
Pay-as-you go options are also available onboard!
They offer two different packages:
|Package||Data allowance||Devices allowed||Price|
Norwegian Internet at Sea
Norwegian’s has various Internet plans to fit wit your connectivity needs while traveling.
|Package||Includes||Online Cost||Onboard cost|
|Unlimited Plan||Unlimited Internet access from one device. Will not support multimedia.||$25.50 per day||$29.99 per day|
|Premium Unlimited Plan||Access to all websites and media for one device including live streaming.||$29.50 per day||$34.99 per day|
|Unlimited Social Media Plan||Unlimited access to all of your social media accounts for one device.||$12.50 per day||$14.99 per day|
|250 Minute Plan||Unrestricted Internet access for 250 minutes||$105 flat rate||$125 flat rate|
Princess Internet at Sea
Princess cruise lines is in the process of revamping their connectivity system. Eventually all of their ships will have Medallion Net which is currently available on the Caribbean Princess and the Regal Princess.
Princess claims that this service is the highest capacity Internet and most affordable technology available on any cruise line! The technology was developed for them and allows unlimited connectivity to all web services including video streaming and video-conferencing!
Medallion Net can be purchased for one day only, or for the full length of the cruise as follows.
Princess Connect is similar to the plans available on most other cruise lines with 3 different types of connection. This system is available for now on the Coral Princess, Diamond Princess, Grand Princess, Majestic Princess, Pacific Princess, Sea Princess, and Sun Princess.
|Plan||Details||Price per person, per day|
|Social||Use to browse social media||14.99|
|Surf||Access a limited number of websites including email, finance, and sports||24.99|
|Premium||Access all online websites and services including video streaming and video messaging such as Skype||29.99|
Internet by the minute:
Pre-purchasing a package is the best value! This system is available for now on the Crown Princess, Golden Princess, Island Princess, Royal Princess, Ruby Princess, Sapphire Princess, and Star Princess.
|Minutes||Price||Pre-Purchase Bonus Minutes|
Royal Caribbean Internet at Sea
Royal Caribbean offers Wifi on all of its cruise ships.
Their new, faster internet program is known as Voom and is available on all Royal Caribbean ships. It uses an advanced technology to target the ships location from a satellite, giving you a high speed Internet experience just like at home!
The packages come in one of two options:
|Package||Details||Price per day||Price per day for each additional device|
|Voom Surf||This plan offers high speed Internet for all your online needs except video streaming services.||$15.99||$12.99|
|Voom Surf and Stream||This plan will get you the same high speed experience as the standard plan but you have the additional capacity to stream video and video chat while at sea!||$19.99||$16.99|