If you've been on a cruise, then you know what a drag it can be connecting to the Internet when you're out to sea. Speeds are slower than slow, and many cruise lines will charge you an arm and a leg for a connection, if not your firstborn.
But one cruise line has elected to make connecting to the Internet a far less painful process. Carnival Cruises has developed something called a "WiFi@Sea" network to make checking your email and browsing my site that much easier.
Carnival also claims "that it supplies those aboard with Internet that's ten times faster than the current standard." But how is this feat achieved?
Apparently it's a blend of different tech. Standard Wi-Fi is available when the ship is docked, long-range Wi-Fi for up to 40 miles out from shore, and good old-fashioned satellite connectivity when the ship is further out at sea.
The network is supposed to switch between the methods without dropping signals, but time will tell. Pricing hasn't been announced yet for this new connectivity, but it will be tested on Carnival Cruises that travel from the U.S. to the Caribbean first. The service is projected to extend to Europe and Asia by 2016.