Admitting cruise passenger frustration with painfully slow on the board Web access, Royal Caribbean cruise company is undertaking actions to dramatically boost the pace of its at-sea Internet service providing.
Starting summer 2013, those on the 5,400-passenger Oasis of the Seas are going to be the first to try out "fiber optic-like" Internet speed and quality when the line trials a service from new partner O3b Networks, which is a global satellite service provider. Fiber optics are being used by TV cable organizations as Verizon and others to offer super fast and qualified Internet.
Actually, O3b says that, speeds is going to reach up to 4 times faster than what geostationary satellites currently secure to other cruise liners, coming near to what you find on land in your home and office. They do this via the use of steerable satellite beams, that secure "incomparable bandwidth," and decrease connectivity blackouts.
The whole price, that usually costs $.65 a minute (or less than $.65 with an Internet minutes package) for the anemic at-sea offerings, has not yet been publicized.
"Royal Caribbean is entrusted to securing the most modern journey to our passangers, and this consists pushing ahead for onboard technological advances which can offer the contemporary conveniences that guests can enjoy on land," told to )3b the CEO of Royal Caribbean International Adam M. Goldstein. "The contract with O3b Networks internet company gives us the opportunity to secure our passengers with unprecedented Internet service at aboard Oasis of the Seas and potentially in the future aboard other cruise liners in our fleet."