Crew can remain connected with family and friends using popular online services, including video conferencing from the convenience and privacy of their own cabin or other locations throughout the ships. Downloadable content and other services previously only available on land can now be accessed on board.
Crew need regular contact with loved ones back home
'As a former shipboard IT manager, I have long understood the importance for crew members to have regular contact with loved ones while at sea,' said Richard Coombs, VP of IT services for Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line. 'I am proud we can now offer this service to our valued crew, delivering the required bandwidth to support services and apps beyond simple e-mail and text messaging.'
The line has implemented a number of measures to ensure that convenient and reliable high-speed Internet access is available to all on board. Because Grand Classica and Grand Celebration sail between the Port of Palm Beach and Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line can augment conventional, satellite-based connections with high-speed terrestrial circuits, resulting in a superior online experience for both passengers and crew.
Innovative new service to provide up to 1GBit/second at sea
Connectivity up to 1GBit per second is available while the ships are in port or in the vicinity of ports, and the line is collaborating with a provider of an innovative new service that will soon expand this level of performance while Grand Classica and Grand Celebration are at sea.
Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line also provides high-speed Internet and Wi-Fi in the terminals and check-in with hand-held devices to reduce passenger waiting times.