Norwegian to Offer High-Speed Internet Service

By ,   May 6, 2016 ,   Cruise Industry

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings is the latest cruise company to enhance its cruise ship Wi-Fi experience.

The company, which owns Oceania Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line, plans to quadruple the bandwidth across the three brands to meet the demand for stronger onboard Wi-Fi. Through a new partnership with EMC (Emerging Markets Communications), Norwegian will install performance-boosting technology and multimillion-dollar bandwidth on all ships prior to the end of June.

The upgrades include new satellite dishes and the SpeedNet program of EMC, which, according to the company, delivers popular websites at speeds which mimic high-speed fiber optic networks, similar to those in homes and offices. The new services complement recent deployment of high-speed connectivity in popular cruise ports.

"With the addition of new hardware, combined with the significant increase in satellite bandwidth, shoreside connectivity and EMC's SpeedNet, we have moved beyond the decade old problem of slow data speeds from satellite to deliver a much more efficient and faster internet experience for our guests," said vice president, onboard revenue, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, Ross Henderson. "Our guests can consume content, post to social media and stay in touch with family and friends on the ships' network just as they are used to on land."

Cruisers sailing on the three lines' ships will see changes by July. Regent Seven Seas provides its Wi-Fi free of charge. Norwegian Cruise Line and Oceania passengers can choose from a variety of Internet packages to purchase. Oceania currently offers OLife Choice promotion, including free unlimited Internet.

The announcement of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings came days after Royal Caribbean revealed it would roll out Voom high-speed Internet to all its ships.