Poll Position: Do You Pay for Onboard Internet?

April 30, 2013 | By | No Comments

Over the years, we’ve asked lots of Internet-related poll questions: Do you go online while you’re onboard? What do you do if the Internet is slow? Do you stay off the grid while you cruise? But recently we realized we had never actually asked our readers whether they pay for the privilege of connecting at sea.
What we asked: Do you purchase Internet while onboard?
What they said: More than half — about 53 percent — of more than 2,500 voters said they don’t; they wait until they’re in port or back at home. A further 16 percent said they get it for free, while 16 percent said they sometimes pay. The final 15 percent say they deal with the bill because they like to stay connected.
What it all means: These results are in line with what readers have typically said about online endeavors while they’re sailing: they keep the technology to a minimum and relax instead. It’s also worth considering that some folks get free Internet as a perk if they’re a part of past-passenger programs with certain lines; some who use the Internet now might not use it if they were charged for it.
What’s your take? Do you pay to go online while onboard? Leave your comments below.
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