Cruise guest shares tip to avoid ‘stupid’ WiFi prices on board

Cruise ships have everything a guest could need on board but WiFi access often comes at a premium cost – even for crew members. While it is possible to buy access while on holiday, one guest has warned against doing it after boarding the boat. She urged others to take her advice to avoid paying more money for the same package.

In a video shared on her TikTok profile, content creator Charley Jenni @charleyjenni shared her cruise experience with her 466.9k followers.

After going on a Royal Caribbean ship, she noted that one thing she wouldn’t do again is wait to buy a WiFi package.

Charley said: “Try and buy all of these things before. Like the WiFi, drinks packages and everything – you want drinks packages and WiFi that is.

“When you get on the actual boat itself the money gets like stupid. We paid £185 for a week.”

Shocked by the steep price of on-board internet access, which amounted to roughly £26 per day, the TikTok star urged others to know what they’re buying before paying for it.

She said: “That’s only for one phone! You have to log out so the other person can use the WiFi… £185 for seven days!”

Charley noted that she was even more frustrated by the cost because she had considered purchasing the package before going on holiday, but decided against it.

Sharing her advice, she said: “When we looked at how much it was before we got on the cruise, it was like £100.”

If you see staff using their laptops or spending their free time on their phones, there’s a good chance they chose the spot for the free internet connection.

The Cruise Hive expert added: “It’s usually some kind of local restaurant that offers great food and possibly a small area to purchase essentials for the ship. Even if there is no local hangout the crew will always know a place where you can pick up free wi-fi in port.”

In some cases, guests may not even have to leave the ship to find an open network. When the vessel docks at the port, heading up to the open deck could be in the vicinity of a local establishment with the internet.

Cruise ships are tall so there is a good chance you can pick up a signal from the surrounding area.

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