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(10:21 a.m. EDT) -- Passengers sailing on Holland America may notice different Internet packages available for purchase. The line is testing three new plans -- including one geared toward social media -- across its fleet for an indefinite time.

The "Standard" plan offers 1,000 minutes for $250 (25 cents per minute), 500 minutes for $175 (35 cents per minute), 250 minutes for $100 (40 cents per minute), 100 minutes for $55 (55 cents per minute), a "pay as you go" option for 75 cents per minute and two "last day" plans: 30 minutes for $12 (40 cents per minute) and 15 minutes for $8.25 (55 cents per minute). The plan is available on Noordam, Oosterdam, Eurodam, Prinsendam and HAL's R-Class and S-Class ships.

On Nieuw Amsterdam and Zuiderdam, the "Hybrid" plan allows passengers to purchase either minutes or an unlimited Internet that spans the entire cruise. The plan offers 600 minutes for $199 (33 cents per minute), 400 minutes for $159 (40 cents per minute), 200 minutes for $99 (50 cents per minute), 30 minutes for $19 (63 cents per minute) and the "Unlimited Premium Voyage" package for $249.

Westerdam is the only ship to test the line's new social media package. Here's how those packages break down, priced for seven-day cruises.

"Social" ($5 for 24 hours or $25 for the week): Limits access to only eight social media sites, including Facebook and LinkedIn.
"Enhanced" ($16 for 24 hours or $60 for the week): Excludes videoconferencing and music streaming.
"Premiere" ($25 for 24 hours or $99 for the week): Excludes video streaming.

Overall, the new Internet packages offer more options, at similar prices. It also takes into account how different people use the Internet on vacation. (The line's original Internet packages ranged from 75 cents per minute to 250 minutes for $100.)

Cruise Critic first heard of the new plans from member Fb_cruiser, who said, "The only downside is that you can only login on one device at a time."

Holland America has not determined how long the test will last. "We have not determined the ultimate direction with the plans and what matches up best for our guests," said Erik Elvejord, spokesman for the line. "We'll look at the patterns and determine but {there's} no timeline quite yet."

--By Gina Kramer, Associate Editor

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