Carnival Corporation Announces Expansion To Industry's Largest Wi-Fi Network
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Connectivity is increasingly an integral part of our travel considerations. Thankfully, those at Carnival Corporation understand passengers’ need for speed and have unveiled plans to widen its WiFi@Sea network.
In a press release, Carnival Corporation explained that this network, which currently features on 30 of its ships, would soon premiere on a majority of its fleet.
This means that a great many Carnival ships will boast of “the broadest high-bandwidth internet coverage in the industry.”
And this is tremendous news, because connectivity is growing to be as nearly an important consideration as to what the ship is serving for dinner on your next seven-day sojourn.
Utilizing Wi-Fi means as little as being able to Instagram that really incredible moment by the pool or as astounding as being able to Skype home and tell your family how well things are going face-to-face. While you can embrace a social media plan that will allow enough bandwidth to send those tweets of yours, you can dive deeper for a more immersive Wi-Fi experience.
Reza Rasoulian, vice president of global connectivity and shipboard technology operations at Carnival Corporation, told TravelPulse, “In fact, because we aren’t constrained to time, folks don’t have to worry about logging off anymore if they have a Voyage Linked plan, which has really helped significantly in guest experience.”
Now the WiFi@Sea network will be implemented on roughly 40 percent of the fleet by the end of the year. However, a "majority" of Carnival’s ships will accommodate passengers with the service into 2016.
And what do you get? Rasoulian explains in a press release: “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.”
And those layers, well, they combine for a rather stunning infrastructure. Carnival utilizes an elegant hodgepodge of technology through all strata of the atmosphere. WiFi@Sea is possible thanks to 31 satellite systems, myriad antennas peppered around the world and Wi-Fi from port connections. The entirety of the innovation is boasted as being a “first-of-its-kind solution.”
And as with all firsts, there will be an emphasis on the next step. Speaking on the future of ship connectivity across the industry, Rasoulian told TravelPulse, “Carnival Corporation has really done an immense job in bridging the gap from where we were a year ago to today. The experience is significantly better.”
Rasoulian continued, “It’s fair to look at the proliferation of mobile devices, the insatiable need of bandwidth. I think, again, this will just continue. We are going to have a lot of hard work, as an industry, ahead of us to serve the need.”
In a sense, you are getting the initial steps to answer a tremendous and growing demand. But you aren’t beholden financially if you want but a trickle from the Internet faucet.
Carnival Corporation explains on its packages: “With the new pricing models, Wi-Fi packages are based on the types of services guests will be using throughout their trip versus the previous system of charging for the amount of time they will be online. For example, guests who are only interested in using Wi-Fi to post to their social networks can purchase a basic package for a lower fee.”
And so an already fantastic offering gets the expansion for which travelers so desperately yearn.
Vacations used to be about stepping away from the world for a while and leaving the phone at home. There is absolutely no need for that, because the world can now come with you thanks to innovations like WiFi@Sea.
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