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zzmmmommy 11-29-2010 09:50 AM

Last year I went on a RC cruise and had a horrible time getting internet access using their computers. This time I am going on the Oasis and bringing my own laptop- anyone have any ideas on how the access will be? I work from home and I need at least an hour each day to work. Thanks!

Dave 11-29-2010 10:08 AM

As with all ship communications, it can depend on the location of the ship. For instance we had terrible internet access on an Alaska cruise a couple years ago.

I was on the Oasis last December for it's first revenue cruise and access was fine. Nothing blazing fast but sitting in my cabin, or poolside, or in the Central Park with my Dell netbook I had wi-fi whenever I logged in. Probably 256k speed most of the time. The pricing plans are the same as using the internet cafe - which by the way is terribly small and out of the way on the Oasis. They purposely want to drive the passengers to bring their own and use the wi-fi.

RCI recently added a new 500 minute plan for $150, which sounds like what you'll need to buy.

zzmmmommy 11-29-2010 10:17 AM

I called them and they told me I can only use my computer at designated locations- is that not true? I can use my computer in my room while the kids are napping? I will be so happy!

Dave 11-29-2010 10:45 AM

Although their website states that only the Freedom class ships have ship-wide internet wi-fi, the Oasis definitely has it in every cabin. Everywhere I went I was able to log in, but that could be simply because there are so many cabins that I was never too far from a cabin window or balcony.

But rest assured, unless there is a technical issue you'll be able to use your laptop in your cabin.

Dave 11-29-2010 10:50 AM

BTW, you'll have to visit the dinky internet cafe initially to set up an account.

zzmmmommy 11-29-2010 11:02 AM

Great, thanks!

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