In case you’re considering paying for wifi internet access on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship, you may want to reconsider. Why? Because the service is slow. It is very slow. In fact I conducted a speed test to determine exactly how slow, and the results came back at 0.13 Mbps download and 0.06 Mbps upload. This is 100 times slower than my internet connection at home. Furthermore, I mainly used the wifi service on port days, when most passengers were off the ship. When everyone is on board, the service is even slower.
Yes it did work for checking email…eventually. Thank goodness that’s all I wanted the wifi for. There’s no way I could have done anything more data intensive – web browsing, music, videos, etc.
The Wifi on board is called Voom, and they call it the fastest internet at sea. If this is true, any other internet must be truly painfully slow.
The cost is $19.99 per day per device. And once you sign up, you’re automatically signed up for the remainder of the cruise. You can sign up via the Royal Caribbean app if you want access on your phone. Or you can sign up online if you want access on your laptop.
And yes, your Wifi package works at Perfect Day at CocoCay for no additional charge.
** The internet package I paid for is Voom Surf. There’s also a Voom Surf + Stream package available for $24.99 per device per day. It’s possible that the upgraded package is faster. Do you know that it is? If so, let me know in the comments section.