(1:30 p.m. EDT) -- It's official. Norwegian Cruise Line, which is currently trialing Internet packages based on usage, rather than prepaid minutes on two ships, will roll out the packages to the rest of the fleet starting this summer.
The rollout is part of a multi-year partnership with Global Eagle Entertainment, a worldwide provider of communications connectivity and media content to the cruise and airline industries. As part of the partnership, Global Eagle will implement the tiered plans for Wi-Fi, texting and video.
Going forward, Norwegian cruisers will be able to use their own mobile devices to access a portal that includes TV programming, on-demand movies, games and special event telecasts.
Trial pricing for the Freestyle Choice Plans includes: $35 for seven days for Social Chat, which provides access to chat apps like What’s app and FB messenger; $189 for seven days for Basic, which offers unlimited Internet access, as well as messaging and email, including file attachments; and $245 for seven days for Premium, which includes everything in the Basic plan, plus streaming capabilities and VPN access.
--By Dori Saltzman, Senior Editor