Buzzing: Carnival Cruise Line’s new social media Internet packages
The moment I have been waiting for is here. A cruise line just announced that they will bundle affordable Internet packages for guests to post to social media. Now the consumers (almost) does not have to pay to upload user-generated content from their cruise vacation. Although not entirely free (like other land based hospitality organization), the $5.00 a day price tag is a step in the right direction.
Thank you Carnival Cruise Line!
Now guests can have access to a variety of popular Web sites for just $5 a day on more than half of the line’s ships with fleetwide implementation scheduled by the first quarter of 2016.
And there is more ….
Carnival Cruise Line has a new mobile app – currently available on Carnival Breeze that offers a chat feature, which families and groups traveling together will find useful for keeping in touch. Like other cruise lines, the chat feature is a good way to stay connected onboard and also a way to access shipboard information. The app is expected to be available on five additional ships by the end of the year and be fleetwide by summer 2016.
The rest of this content is from Carnival Cruise Line’s announcement:
“Fast, affordable and reliable social media channels and the Internet have become essential on today’s cruise ships,” said Gabriela Gonzalez, Carnival’s vice president of guest technology.
Currently available on 13 ships, Carnival’s enhanced Internet access offers dramatically increased bandwidth and speed while the cruise industry’s first social media package provides unlimited access to Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, LinkedIn, Pinterest and other popular sites for just $5 per day with discounted plans available for the entire cruise.
Unlike other shipboard Internet packages, Carnival’s social media package is unique in that it allows guests a convenient, flexible and highly affordable option for updating their favorite social media channels during their cruise at one low price.
There’s also a “value” plan that includes unlimited access to the Web for checking email, sports scores, weather updates and a wide range of other applications, and a “premium” package that provides the fastest available connection speed and allows access to video calling sites like Skype.
The new Carnival HUB mobile app currently on Carnival Breeze provides guests with a convenient, at-a-glance view of the ship’s many facilities and features along with updates on events and happenings taking place on board, all available free of charge. Available for download at the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, the app also includes an innovative “chat” feature that allows guests to exchange messages with their traveling companions using their mobile devices for a flat fee of $5 for the entire cruise.
The app also includes day-by-day schedules of hundreds of on-board events, information on food and beverage venues, searchable deck plans, itinerary details, Sail & Sign account balance and more. Recently added options include the ability to pre-purchase the line’s Cheers! and Bottomless Bubbles beverage programs and upload photos to be displayed on Carnival Breeze’s 270-square-foot Seaside Theatre during the voyage. Additional features are scheduled to be added in the future.
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