Cruise News I Can Use

Can a honeymoon be romantic if there’s no Internet connection present? I have about ten more days to discover the answer to this age-old question. Granted, Wi-Fi happens to be available throughout our cruise ship for 30 cents per minute – do I dare stay online for an hour at a time? We’re on our Christmas / New Year’s / Honeymoon vacation in the Caribbean, but I believe Ponzi and I are both grateful that the cruise ship has placed a television set (with a limited amount of channels) in our stateroom. Yes, sometimes it’s nice to escape the constant flow of news – but being slightly outside “the know” for too long makes me feel more than a bit anxious. I simply don’t vacation well (as evidenced by our earlier trip to Maui). A week is about as much as I can take away from home, but even home has been relatively chaotic as of late (with a recent move, our marriage, a region-wide power failure, etc.). There’s a lot to do on a cruise ship, but “geeking” typically isn’t one of them.

You don’t realize just how dependent you are on the Internet until you don’t have it. Moreover, we’re accustomed to dozens of digital cable channels at our disposal – and here, we’re limited to only a handful of networks (including sports stations which are completely wasted on us). We were glued to CNN and Fox News late last night, watching the events surrounding Saddam Hussein’s execution unfold. Here we are, sitting inside a small cabin on a Regent cruise liner in the Gulf of Mexico, witnessing events from halfway around the world. It’s rather amazing if you stop and think about it. We’ve become information junkies, and that addiction has been further fueled by increasingly convenient access. Our bodies are clearly separated from the flow, but our minds are still very much hungry for a stream of data. Some might argue that I have more important things to consider on my honeymoon – like, do I want the Swedish or Shiatsu massage? Hey, maybe if I could get a spa robot to rub my back – now that would be something to remember.

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  • http://www.fiddaman.info Rodney Fiddaman

    Yes, Chris. I’ve just been on a 10-day trip motorhoming & then staying at a friend’s house without any Internet. It’s remarkable how efficient you can get when the access at Macdonald’s is 20 cents a minute – log in, check incoming mail for spam, start copying photos up to the website, check the banking, blacklist the spam & start downloading mail messages, then synchronise the current newsletter & photos pages & log out – it’s a fast & furious 5 to 10 minutes! Regards, Rodney.

  • Sara

    It’s your honeymoon, dude! Spend the time & money on the Net if you must and consider it your wedding gift to each other.

  • Rchard

    CHRIS

    I know you and your wife are GEEKS but YOU may want to change just 1 letter in what YOU are consumed with

    WiFi TO WIFE. I am sure you will enjoy the connection a whole lot more.

    Oh it’s OK the up speed to be slower. Also make sure it’s ok to before
    you disengage.

    have a GREAT life together

  • Gary McLaughlin

    Try to find a way into the crew quarters, my son works for Carnival and I just went on an 8 day cruise and had the privilege of being able to access the crew area. They have an internet cafe and can buy an access card for $20 that gives you 240 minutes online. They can also purchase a phone card that gives them 60 minutes for $10. That sure beats $6.99 per minute from the cabin phone. Maybe if you identify yourself, with your credentials you could gain access to this computer service. Hope this helps,

    Gary