Cruise ship operator AIDA Cruises has announced it will soon introduce a new high-speed internet service onboard its ships. The German headquartered company says it is ramping up available connection bandwidth and speeds on its vessels and passengers will be able to subscribe to various packages in the very near future.
The move towards improved internet connectivity will see six ships equipped with satellite hook-ups over the next month and the rest of the fleet by November. Commenting on the transition to a premium service, head technical officer Thomas Pfitzer said more and more passengers brought mobile devices on cruises.
He explained that the cruise line wanted to offer passengers every conceivable convenience and introducing super-fast connectivity was one added bonus of choosing AIDA. He noted that hooking up to the internet will no longer be charged by the minute.
Mr Pfitzer continued by saying that fixed-rate charges would offer guests better value for money and slash the abnormally high costs of using the internet while at sea. AIDA has set connection charges for accessing social media accounts such as WhatsApp and Facebook at €4 per day and €19 for a week.
Passengers can choose from three different data packages and these give unlimited connectivity for the full length of the chosen cruise. 250MB of data costs €25, 500MB is €39 and 3GB is €99. Passengers can pre-pay for their particular package via MyAIDA and garner themselves five per cent discount to boot.