Carnival Cruise Ships Are Getting Faster Wifi
Trying to use the internet on a cruise ship is never easy, you know it can be an exercise in frustration — the connection is rarely speedy or reliable enough to make you feel at home. But soon, you may not have to worry about this anymore. Carnival is now rolling out WiFi@Sea, a “smart hybrid” network that automatically switches between satellite data and land-based antennas depending on whichever is quickest. In theory, this leads to service that’s not just 10 times faster, but more reliable; you should have an easier time uploading vacation photos, even if you’re between ports.
You’ll need to time your next voyage carefully if you want to try this speedier service for yourself. WiFi@Sea be available before the end of the year, but only in North America for Carnival ships headed to the Caribbean; it’ll reach Alaskan cruises next summer, and you’ll see it in other corners of the globe between 2015 and 2016. That’s potentially a long wait, but it beats having to deal with sub-par wireless while you’re traveling the seas.