Internet access will soon be free to all guests sailing with ultra-luxe cruise line Crystal Cruises. Beginning Aug. 30 on both of its ships, Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity, Crystal will provide one free hour per guest, per day for Deluxe Stateroom and Penthouse guests, and 90 minutes for Penthouse Suite guests. The free Wi-Fi perk was previously available only to Crystal Society Members, the line’s repeat guest loyalty program.
With free access to Crystal’s 24-hour satellite-enabled wireless internet, which will also be available aboard Crystal Yacht Cruises’ Crystal Esprit when the maiden voyage embarks on Dec. 23, travelers can remain connected while on vacation, whether on their own devices or utilizing one of the ships’ work stations or portable laptop rentals, which are available for a nominal fee.
“While some travelers like to ‘unplug’ on vacation, many of our guests wish to stay connected while traveling, whether for business purposes, to stay in touch with loved ones, or to share their Crystal experiences along their journeys,” says President & CEO Edie Rodriguez, “It is always our goal to make life aboard our ships as effortless and comfortable as possible for our guests, and amenities like free internet go a long way to help those efforts.”
For guests who need more time online, Crystal offers four packages:
Plan A: “Pay As You Go” for $0.74 per minute
Plan B: 2 hours (120 minutes) for $55 ($0.46 per minute)
Plan C: 5 hours (300 minutes) for $127 ($0.43 per minute)
Plan D: 10 hours (600 minutes) for $220 ($0.37 per minute)
The line has expanded its Wi-Fi signal range throughout the ships, making wireless connection available everywhere on board, including all staterooms, public spaces, and outdoor decks. And, there will be internet access in areas that were previously unavailable, such as Japan.
Crystal guests also can use the ships’ Computer University@Sea facilities, which are equipped with Mac/Windows dual-compatible computers. Ships’ staff are on hand for instruction and assistance. Classes offer curriculum tailored toward novice and expert users, with topics ranging from basic operating systems and use of smart phones and other devices, to digital photo and video editing and website design.
Earlier this summer Crystal announced a major brand expansion that will introduce three new classes of cruising – Crystal Yacht Cruises (December 2015), Crystal River Cruises (March 2017), Crystal Exclusive Class Ocean Cruises (late 2018)– and Crystal Luxury Air (fall 2017).