Carnival Corporation announces faster, new WiFi network at sea to meet passengers demands

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Carnival Corporation says it will offer a long-range, broadband wireless Internet network on all of its 101 ships across nine cruise line brands.

The Miami-based cruise ship company announced Monday that WiFi@Sea will use a combination of strategically located land-based antennas installed along cruise routes, Wi-Fi from a port connection and advanced satellites to offer onboard Internet.

The company says in recent years, passengers have asked for a faster network. It also is trying to lure the tech-savvy millennial generation toward cruise ship vacations.

Pricing will vary by brand upon service rollout, which has started. All of the ships will have the new technology by 2016. Cruise ships currently have Internet packages and cafes, but the connectivity has traditionally been slow.