If you could choose between unlimited free Internet and an unlimited open bar on a cruise, which would you pick?
This was the question posed to more than 100,000 fans of the Cruise Holidays International Facebook page. Comments poured in fast and furious. While many people, especially those who have not cruised, might think that open bar would win hands down, the number of those who would choose free Internet was quite significant.
Cruise Holidays tallied the first 200 responses to the question, and one-third (32%) said they would choose unlimited free Internet on a cruise. Two-thirds (68%) said they would pick the open bar.
Comments ranged in support of the open bar, like this one from Mary G:
Open bar! I’m on a cruise, who cares about the internet!!!!
To the practical issue of needing or wanting Internet access while away from homes and businesses, as evidenced by people like Andrea H:
internet…then we could cruise more often!
By the next day, we had already received more than 1,000 comments on the question.
Which would you choose, and why?
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Free Internet vs. Open Bar – The Back Story
By way of background, in most cases, Internet and bar drinks (including soda) are not included in the base cruise fare. Some cruise lines, primarily luxury cruise lines, have begun including drinks in their cruise fare. This can be a major draw for someone who wants to have more than a drink or two per day. River cruise lines are also known for including wine with lunch and dinner at no extra charge.
Plus, cruise lines like Celebrity Cruises have rolled out popular programs such as “Pick Your Perk,” which offers cruisers one of four popular complimentary perks. One of them is a Free Beverage Package for Two*, which aboard a 10-day cruise would be equivalent to $1,125 with gratuities. That’s not pocket change!
Internet costs can also add up – and it’s not just about staying connected with the office. From wanting to be connected with family back home, to simply wanting to share photos of an idyllic sunset just witnessed. Cruise lines do offer a variety of Internet packages, with rates typically decreasing per minute the more minutes you purchase.
Perhaps one of the most significant announcements regarding cruise ship Internet in recent history came in the past month, when Royal Caribbean International announced developments surrounding its upcoming ship:
“Not only is the blazing‑fast connectivity on Quantum of the seasSM comparable to speeds onshore, it operates with an unprecedented bandwidth never before seen at sea—and has more bandwidth than every other cruise ship in the world combined.”
Maybe the tide will turn even further in favor of onboard Internet, once cruisers see how quickly and efficiently they can connect aboard Quantum of the Seas!
One of the best ways you can avoid getting sticker shock regarding Internet usage, alcohol purchases or anything else regarding your overall cruise tab, is to speak with a professional cruise travel agent before your trip. They are well-versed on the costs of cruising and can educate you before you even step foot aboard.
*Celebrity Cruises’ offer was applicable on certain cruises at the time of this writing. Check with your travel professional to determine if it is an option for you!