Additionally, the line said its new mobile app—currently available on Carnival Breeze and offering a 'chat' feature—has been very well received with a third of the ship’s passengers actively using the app during their cruise. It's expected to be available on five additional ships by the end of the year and be fleetwide by summer 2016.
'Fast, affordable and reliable social media channels and the Internet have become essential on today’s cruise ships,' said Gabriela Gonzalez, Carnival’s vp guest technology.
Currently available on 13 ships, Carnival’s enhanced Internet access offers dramatically increased bandwidth and speed while the social media package provides unlimited access to Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, LinkedIn, Pinterest and other popular sites for $5 per day with discounted plans available for the entire cruise.
Carnival’s social media package provides a convenient, flexible and affordable option for updating social media channels during a cruise at one low price.
There’s also a 'value' plan that includes unlimited access to the web for checking email, sports scores, weather updates and a wide range of other applications, and a 'premium' package that provides the fastest available connection speed and allows access to video calling sites like Skype.
The new Carnival HUB mobile app currently on Carnival Breeze provides a convenient, at-a-glance view of the ship’s facilities and features along with updates on events and happenings taking place on board, all available free of charge. Available for download at the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, the app also includes a 'chat' feature that allows users to exchange messages with their traveling companions via their mobile devices for a flat fee of $5 for the entire cruise.
The app also includes day-by-day schedules of hundreds of on-board events, information on food and beverage venues, searchable deck plans, itinerary details, Sail & Sign account balance and more. Recently added options include the ability to pre-purchase the line’s Cheers! and Bottomless Bubbles beverage programs and upload photos to be displayed on Carnival Breeze’s 270-square-foot Seaside Theatre during the voyage.
Additional features are scheduled to be added.