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Surfing the Internet (continued)
Surfing the Internet (continued)
Log Out/Turn off Wi-Fi and Cellular Data!—Some mobile device apps use data whenever you have an internet connection. It can be safer to turn off Wi-Fi altogether when you don’t need it. Log out of your mobile device when you’re using your laptop. Similarly, be sure that your phone service is in Airplane Mode when you don’t need it, and turn off cellular data altogether, as you’ll be paying stiff, on board rates. The Disney Cruise Line Navigator app (see page 186) uses the same Wi-Fi network, but the connection time is free! You may be tempted to stay connected to the Navigator, but that means you have to be extra careful to sign out of your Connect@Sea account.
Pricing—Alas, Internet usage is not free, though the cruise line has gone from per-minute to per-megabyte plans (like most wireless data plans ashore). We’re not sure if the new approach is more economical, but at least the meter will slow down/stop when connection speeds grind to a halt. The Pay-As-You-Go Package rate is 25 cents per megabyte (MB), and spending limits can be set when you sign up. If you expect to connect frequently (and especially if you stream movies and video), you can pre-purchase your data for less. The smallest package is $19 for 100 MB ($0.19/MB). You can also purchase 300 MB for $39 ($0.13/MB) or 1,000 MB (1 GB) for $89 ($0.09/MB). (How much do you pay your cell provider per GB?) Everyone in your stateroom can share your plan, and now more than one device/person can be logged in at the same time. Individuals can also have separate plans, so long as they have on board charging privileges. Note that you are “on the meter” from the moment you log in until you log off. It’s very important that you specifically log off as directed when you use wireless access, or you may continue spending your data (see above). All Internet usage fees are automatically billed to your on board account. Parents who don’t want their kids to use the Internet can contact Guest Services to disable their Internet accounts. Note that no credit/refund is given for unused plan data. If you feel you have less purchased data remaining than you expected and suspect an error, visit Guest Services (deck 3) to discuss it.
Off-Board Internet Access—There are cafes with Internet terminals and/or Wi-Fi offering lower rates in various ports of call. In Nassau, look for “Tikal Tees & Tokens.” In St. Maarten, there’s an Internet Cafe at the end of the pier. In St. Thomas, “Soapy’s Station” in front of the Havensight Mall offers access. In Key West, check out the “Internet Isle Cafe” on 118 Duval Street. In Cozumel, the “C@fe Internet” near Ave. 10 and Calle 1 has access. You can usually find Internet Cafes very near the pier—just browse or ask around.
Web Site Addresses—To reduce data usage for web searches, be sure to bookmark your favorite web sites before you cruise. You can also visit http://www.passporter.com/dcl/porthole.htm once onboard for helpful links.
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