Free WiFi Onboard Regent Seven Seas Cruises

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

Free WIFi in 2014 with Regent Seven Seas Cruises. Photo courtesy of Regent Seven Seas Cruises. Starting on October 31, 2014, Regent Seven Seas Cruises will begin offering its passengers up to 500 free minutes of WiFi use while onboard their ships. This is a major breakthrough as WiFi has previously only been offered at an added cost or only for those who have attained a certain loyalty level, and in some instances only available through short-lived promotions.

This offering will be consistent aboard Regent’s entire fleet. However, there are a few caveats to this perk. The free minutes are only available to passengers staying in Concierge level suites or higher. The minutes are also doled out according to the length of the cruise.

  • If the cruise lasts 1-7 nights then each qualifying stateroom will get 200 minutes.
  • If the cruise lasts 8-10 nights then each qualifying stateroom will get 300 minutes.
  • If the cruise lasts 11-15 nights then each qualifying stateroom will get 400 minutes.
  • If the cruise lasts 16+ nights then each qualifying stateroom will get 500 minutes.

Regent is allowing this extra perk as a way to continue their quest in being the most all-inclusive cruise line. In order to offer these services, the cruise line is also undergoing major work this year on their Internet connection, including doubling the bandwidth on all ships, ensuring WiFi is available throughout the entire ship, not just public areas, and upgrading all of their ships’ Internet-related hardware such as modems and routers.

For customers that still require more Internet usage, Regent will offer an unlimited package which costs $29.99 a day, and those in Concierge suites and above can get the unlimited package at half off. There are also deals to add extra minutes if you use up all of your free minutes.

Do you prefer to stay connected while sailing or do you try to stay off the Internet during your cruise vacation?

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1 Timothy Hickey { 10.03.13 at 9:37 pm }

Just wondering…and maybe someone can clarify this for me, when your on a cruise ship, you are able to receive TV stations (although sometimes in a foreign language dependent on ships location) VIA the ships satellite connection when at sea. So, if the ship already HAS a satellite connection, and you are receiving free TV reception in your cabin, why do we have to pay for the SAME satellite connection in the first place? I think it would be a great idea to give passengers this service FREE as an incentive instead of charging enormous fees to use it!! It would also be good marketing for the line as people would be boasting about their cruise. Regardless of if 1 passenger or 1000 passengers sign up to pay for the internet service, the service is still available. Cruising to me is a great value but it seems as the years go on, they are beginning to charge for many things that used to be free (like bridge tours and galley tours which depending on cruiseline, could be $150 USD.) Just wondering….

2 The Cruise Web Team { 10.04.13 at 9:35 am }

Great question Timothy. Although we can’t say for sure, it’s possible that there are separate contracts for providing satellite TV vs satellite Internet, and the cruise ships may even rely on different satellites for each service. It would be great if Internet connection was complimentary just like TV is, and hopefully Regent’s announcement will spark a movement in the cruise industry. You might be interested in this video interview with the communications officer on the ms Rotterdam back in 2011.

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