Carnival Cruise Lines is expanding wireless Internet access to
all public rooms and suites aboard its 21 “Fun Ships” by the end of
With strategically located Wi-Fi “hot spots,” guests sailing on
Carnival can now access Web sites and send e-mails via any
wireless-equipped laptop computer from virtually anywhere aboard
ship, including all lounges, bars, pool areas, open decks, dining
venues and suite accommodations.
The project is roughly 75 percent complete, with the balance of
the fleet expected to be completed by year’s end. Wi-Fi technology
expands Carnival’s existing shipboard wireless Internet
capabilities, as guests can use wireless-equipped laptop computers
in select areas in and around the Internet cafés fleetwide.
Carnival Valor and Carnival Liberty also feature “100 percent bow
to stern” wireless access.
The wireless technology can be added, if needed, into any laptop
simply by installing an unintrusive “radio card” in the computer’s
PC card slot. Guests are welcome to bring their own computer or
rent a laptop through the ships’ Internet cafés for a nominal
In addition to the wireless Internet technology, all Carnival
ships offer Internet cafés featuring flat-panel workstations,
available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Both the wireless Internet and Internet cafés cost 75 cents per
minute to surf the Web and review e-mails, in addition to a
one-time activation fee of $3.95. Minutes can also be purchased in
bulk at a discount.
This marks the latest high-tech initiative aboard the “Fun
Ships” designed to enhance guests’ cruise experience. Carnival and
Wireless Maritime Services, a joint venture of Cingular Wireless
and Maritime Telecommunications Network has also announced that it
would offer fleetwide cell phone service to guests sailing aboard
the “Fun Ships” in any cruising region.