(5 p.m. EDT) — Starting today, Royal Caribbean is making its Voom high-speed Internet — which is fast enough to stream music, movies and videos — available on all 24 ships in its fleet.
Voom previously had been available on only a handful of ships, mostly Oasis and Quantum-class ships. The line has invested to deliver more bandwidth to provide speeds at least twice as fast as before, at lower prices.
"Everything our guests and crew can do online at home, they will now be able to do from onboard all of our ships around the world," said Michael Bayley, President and CEO of Royal Caribbean International.
The announcement comes shortly after the line introduced a new pricing structure that allows passengers to choose whether they want to use the Internet for basic web browsing, email and social media or more involved applications such as streaming that require higher bandwidth.
Voom Surf Voyage enables passengers to do unlimited basic web browsing, email and social media. The package starts at $12.99 per day (one device), with additional devices added at a discounted cost. The line says that family packages of five devices or more start at $8.99 per device per day.
Voom Surf + Stream offers all the same access as Voom Surf Voyage but includes the ability to stream movies and music, as well as use video chat, texting and VoIP apps. The cost starts at US$17.99 per device per day, with additional devices added at a discount. Family packages for five devices or more start at US$11.99 per day.
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