Now more than ever, cruise passengers are connected to friends, family, and colleagues through their smartphones and laptops. These devices have become commonplace for many functions of the cruise experience. This includes checking in, beginning the muster drill process, viewing the daily schedule and menus, making reservations, and more.
In this article, we’ll discuss the internet packages on Norwegian Cruise Line so you can decide which is right for you. We’ll also give you an overview of the cruise line’s smartphone app.
Norwegian Cruise Line Internet Packages
Unlimited social media Wi-Fi
The Unlimited Social Media Wi-Fi package allows access to the most popular social media sites, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, WeChat, and more. TikTok, however, is not included.
This package does not include access to email or web browsing. It can only be used on one device at a time.
The Unlimited Social Media package costs $12.50 daily if purchased online before the cruise. If you purchase it on board, it costs $14.99 daily.
The regular Unlimited Wi-Fi package allows access to social media (excluding TikTok), web browsing, email, and all smartphone apps. It does not include streaming.
One device costs $25.50 per day if purchased in advance or $29.99 once purchased on board. Only one device can be used at a time.
Two devices cost $44.99 per day in advance or $52.99 once purchased on board. A four-device package is $84.99 per day in advance or $99.99 once onboard.
Voyages that are 13 days or longer will have a lower rate. Those who already have a cruise booked can log into their My NCL account to see the cost for that particular voyage.
Unlimited Premium Wi-Fi
The Unlimited Premium Wi-Fi package includes unlimited web surfing, email, social media, and all smartphone apps. It also has streaming services such as YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Audible, Hulu, and TikTok.
This package costs $34.99 per day if purchased in advance or $39.99 once onboard. Only one device can be used at a time.
Two devices cost $57.99 per day in advance or $67.99 once on board. For four devices, you’ll pay $109.99 per day in advance or $129.99 once on board.
Cruises that are 13 days or longer will have a lower rate. Those who already have a sailing booked can log into their My NCL account to see the cost for that particular voyage.
250 minutes anytime
An alternative option to paying a per-day price for unlimited Wi-Fi is a plan that allows you to purchase blocks of minutes.
It offers 250 minutes of internet connectivity anytime during the cruise. It costs $105 if purchased in advance online or $125 if purchased once on board.
Buying online will also save you a $3.95 activation fee if you purchase this package once you’re already on the ship.
Multiple devices can use the package, but only one can be logged onto the ship’s Wi-Fi at a time.
The Cruise Norwegian App
Norwegian Cruise Line’s smartphone app, Cruise Norwegian, is available to download on Apple’s App Store and the Google Play store for phones using the Android operating system. Every ship in the Norwegian fleet is app compatible, meaning the onboard functions will work no matter which vessel you’re sailing.
It’s free to download, and we highly recommend downloading it right after booking your cruise. The app includes a “pre-cruise” mode that allows you to pre-book your onboard activities, dining reservations, shore excursions, and entertainment and view your trip itinerary and summary.
Also, before boarding the ship, you can use the app to purchase onboard gifts like wine, flowers, and treats; check in online; and access your e-Docs on embarkation day.
We also recommend downloading any cruise line’s app in advance simply because it will be easier than downloading it on the ship’s Wi-Fi.
Features and functions of the app include, but are not limited to:
- Book shore excursions
- Make dining reservations
- Preview entertainment, spa treatments, and bars
- ‘Favorite’ onboard offerings
- Track onboard purchases
- View the daily schedule
- Review disembarkation information
- Check your Latitude Rewards points
- Call and message friends and family that are sailing onboard with you (a one-time fee is required for this function)