VOOM is the fastest internet service at sea, exclusive to Royal Caribbean. Until now, it has been available only on Quantum Class ships, allowing cruisers to stay in contact and share their adventures with those back home. Now, it is coming to all Royal Caribbean ships, including those which spend the southern summer in the South Pacific.
Internet for everyone
As well as the Quantum-Class Ovation of the Seas, VOOM will be brought Down Under aboard some other vessels which have long made Australia home: the Explorer of the Seas, Voyager of the Seas and Radiance of the Seas.
This means that high-speed internet at sea will be available to many Aussie and Kiwi cruisers, something that has been a long time coming! It will be great for those who wish to stay connected to be able to email, tweet, stream, video-chat and all the rest.
Of course, there's no such thing as a free byte when on a cruise. Royal Caribbean will have two packages available for those who want to take advantage of VOOM. Although pricey, they offer great bandwidth and are in fact comparable to many land-based resorts.
Surf: This is ideal for basic internet usage, like sending emails and using social media. Packages start at US$12.99 per device per day, and other devices can be added at a discounted cost. Family Packages include 5 or more devices and start as low as US$8.99 per device per day.
Surf and Stream: This package is for those who need a little more from their internet connection. It can be used to stream Netflix movies for your poolside lounging entertainment, listen to Spotify and connect to video chat apps like Skype. It is priced at US$17.99 per device per day, with additional devices and family packages at a discount which can take it as low as US$11.99.
The state of connectedness at sea
Royal Caribbean has pronounced itself as leading the pack when it comes to onboard internet. Many lines still use pay models in which you can purchase a particular amount of time or data for a hefty price - such as P&O's plans which work out to $0.50 per minute, or $0.75 pay-as-you-go rates.
Carnival Cruise Line, however, does have some great packages - Social, Value and Premium packages which offer various bandwidths (Social is restricted to popular social media sites) at US$5, US$16 and US$25 per day respectively. This is currently not available on Australian-based ships, but Carnival Australia have said that they will be announcing official Aussie-based plans shortly, so we look forward to what they have to offer connected cruisers!