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Will 3G At Sea for the Sun Princess have an impact for all cruise passengers?

The Maritime Executive reported this week that Maritime Communications Partner (MCP for short) is going to make the Sun Princess only the second cruise ship in the world capable of offering passengers 3G mobile communication services at sea.

The inference is that the improved quality or ease of use would revolutionize the cruise industry.

According to the supplier's managing director:

“The most important thing for us is to meet the needs of our customer’s passengers and ensure that their cruise experience is fulfilling and satisfying at all levels – especially when it comes to keeping in touch with friends and family onshore and accessing the mobile internet in their usual way,” Fred Sorensen said in a press release.

For those of us who struggle with modern technology at times (or most of the time), the unanswered question in all of this was:

"What's the cost?"

In search of a different opinion or validation of ours, and not wanting to rain on anybody's parade, we turned to our son-in-law. He's our resident expert. He knows little about cruise ships and a lot about 3G. We asked him to read the report and tell us whether he thought this was as big a deal as it sounded.

This is what he said:

"It depends on the cost."

So now the question is: What really is the most important thing?

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5 nights
November 2, 2013
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