For €4 per day, or €19 euros a week, passengers will be able to share their experiences on board with friends in popular social networks, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or WhatsApp. ‘The use of mobile devices is continuously growing. We want to accommodate this trend and are offering our guests an additional service with the flat rate,’ says Thomas Pfitzer, cto at AIDA Cruises.
AIDA confirmed it is also dramatically increasing the bandwidth and thereby the speed of Internet across the fleet and introducing new Internet packages on all AIDA ships in upcoming weeks.
For the first time, the packages are not based on minutes but allow unlimited access.
In the future, AIDA guests will be able to choose between three Internet packages: The M package(250 MB) for €25, the L package (500 MB) for €39, and the XL package (3 GB) for €99, on an unlimited basis for the complete duration of the voyage.
Guests can upgrade to a higher data volume by paying the difference.
‘With these package offers, we are helping to keep the costs of satellite-based Internet connections at sea reasonable and calculable for our guests,’ Pfitzer emphasizes.
The new Internet packages are already available on AIDAmar and AIDAvita, and by July 2015 four more ships will be equipped with the enhanced communication service.
By November, the rollout will be complete. WLAN is offered in the public areas and staterooms on all ships. Internet terminals are available at the reception desk for guests without own mobile devices.
The new Internet packages and fees will be part of the standard offering on the new flagship AIDAprima.
Anyone booking an Internet package prior to the voyage through the MyAIDA portal get a 5% discount.