Princess Cruise Lines

Date: 12/3/2004
Source: Princess Cruises Web Site

 

Passengers Can Now Log on With Personal Laptops Aboard Every Ship SANTA CLARITA, Calif., Dec. 03 /PRNewswire/ --

 

Passengers who pack their own laptop can now use it to check their email or surf the Internet aboard any Princess ship. Wireless "hotspots" for Internet access have been expanded throughout the fleet, and are now available on all 14 Princess vessels.

 

Passengers who want to enjoy web surfing from the comfort of their own computer can purchase Internet time for just 35 cents per minute and settle back to check their email or stock quotes from any of the ships' atrium areas. In addition, the Internet will be even more accessible aboard several ships which will sport new Internet Cafes, significantly expanding the number of computer terminals onboard.

 

"Staying connected is important to many of our passengers," said Jan Swartz, Princess' senior vice president of customer service and sales. "So we are continually looking for ways that we can offer the convenience of additional Internet services that enable people to keep in touch on vacation. We have been gradually rolling our Wi-Fi program out over the past year and are very pleased to now be able to feature it fleetwide."

 

Passengers may purchase time on Princess' Wireless Network at the passenger services desk at a rate of $10.50 for 30 minutes. To access the network, users will need a laptop with wireless capabilities. Passengers with computers that do not already have a wireless network card may purchase a 'Windows XP' compatible card on board.

 

New Internet Cafes are springing up throughout the fleet as well. Sun Princess, Dawn Princess and Regal Princess have each recently debuted a new Internet center. The centers feature 13 terminals on Regal Princess and 20 terminals each on Sun Princess and Dawn Princess.

 

Princess' Wireless Network first launched last year with the debut of Island Princess. All new ships have debuted with the service, and other vessels have been updated to offer the feature during the past year. Fleetwide, Princess ships provide a range of Internet capabilities. Shipboard Internet Cafes feature between eight and 26 terminals, depending on the vessel. Most centers are open 24 hours a day and are easily accessed when passengers swipe their cruise cards through the computer's card reader.

 

Selected vessels also provide computer stations in the ship's library. Terminals offer Internet access with direct links to most popular web-based email providers, and passengers can print from the web for $1 per page. Princess' wireless internet access capabilities were created in association with V-Link Solutions, Inc., one of the top-five Wi-Fi service providers in the United States.

 

"As a leader in deploying complete Wi-Fi solutions to the hospitality and travel industries, we are proud to continue to be a part of Princess Cruises' success in the technology arena," said Abbas Sadriwalla, CEO of V-Link Solutions and Kiosk Logix.

 

"With more than 500 of our NetStop software licenses from Kiosk Logix already at work for Princess in their on-board cyber cafes, we look forward to continuing this solid relationship."

 

Additional information is available through a professional travel agent, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS, or by visiting the company's website at http://www.princess.com.

 

About Princess Cruises

One of the best-known names in cruising, Princess Cruises is a global cruise and tour company operating a fleet of 14 modern ships renowned for their innovative design and wide array of choices in dining, entertainment and amenities, all provided in an environment of exceptional customer service.

 

A recognized leader in worldwide cruising, Princess offers its passengers the opportunity to escape to the top destinations around the globe, with sailings to all seven continents, ranging in length from seven to 30 days.

 

The company, which celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2005, is part of Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK).

 

About V-Link Solutions

V-Link Solutions, Kiosk Logix, V-Link Hospitality Technologies, and DataScan, together known as the Wireless Logix Group, provide complete Wi-Fi and WLAN business solutions.

 

For more information please visit http://www.vlinknet.com .

 

Princess Cruises is a proud member of World's Leading Cruise Lines. Our exclusive alliance also includes Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America, Cunard Line, Costa Cruises, Windstar Cruises and The Yachts of Seabourn.

 

Sharing a passion to please each guest, and a commitment to quality and value, our member lines appeal to a wide range of lifestyles and budgets. Together we offer exciting and enriching cruise vacations to the world's most desirable destinations.

 

News, background information and photography are available 24/7 at http://www.princess.com/news. Princess Cruises Web Site: http://www.princess.com

 

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