Carnival Cruise Line Announces Increase To Internet Plans

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The aft of Carnival Cruise Line's Mardi Gras cruise ship will docked in Nassau Bahamas
  • Carnival Cruise Line is increasing the prices of its internet packages.
  • Effective December 8, 2023, internet packages will be 14% to 20% more expensive, depending on the plan.
  • Guests with existing bookings or those who book before December 8 can lock in current rates by pre-paying for their internet packages before the increase takes effect.

Carnival Cruise Line has announced a significant increase in the prices of its internet packages, effective on purchases on or after December 8, 2023. The price hike affects all three of Carnival’s WiFi plans: the Social Plan, the Value Plan, and the Premium Plan.

Depending on the plan, prices will rise from 14% to 20%​​​​.

Carnival Announces Increased Prices for WiFi

The iconic whale tale funnel on Carnival Panorama cruise ship while docked in Cabo San Lucas mexico
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico – November 7, 2022 – The view of the whale tail of the new Carnival Panorama cruise ship

Expect to pay more for WiFi on Carnival Cruise Line. The cruise line announced a price hike of 14%-20% depending on the package.

The Social Plan, which allows access to social media and popular airline websites but excludes email, streaming services, and most websites, will see an increase from $12.75 per day to $15.30 per day for pre-cruise purchases and from $15 to $18 per day when purchased onboard. This represents a 20% increase​​.

The Value Plan, offering broader internet access including news, sports, and banking sites, will increase from $17.00 per day to $19.55 per day for pre-cruise purchases and from $20.00 to $23.00 per day for onboard purchases, marking a 15% rise​​.

The Premium Plan, which provides the fastest internet speeds and the most extensive access, including several types of video calling, streaming, and conferencing, will see a price increase from $18.70 per day to $21.25 per day for pre-cruise purchases and from $22.00 to $25.00 per day for onboard purchases, a 13.6% increase​​.

This price adjustment is Carnival’s second in 2023 and represents a total increase of 47% to 80% over the past 15 months​​. Guests who have already booked their cruises or who complete bookings before December 8 can still lock in the current, lower rates by pre-paying for their internet packages before the rate increase takes effect​​​​.

Carnival has communicated these changes to its booked guests and affiliated travel partners, emphasizing the advantages of pre-paying to secure lower rates. This price revision follows a similar increase implemented by Carnival for Australia cruises earlier in the year​​.

The increase in internet package prices is part of a broader trend in the cruise industry, reflecting the growing demand for connectivity even at sea. Customers planning to sail with Carnival are advised to consider these changes when budgeting for their upcoming cruises.

The change will likely disappoint passengers who already feel that WiFi on cruise ships is expensive. But the changes are expected, and we’ll probably see further price hikes as the industry evolves.

Marcello De Lio
Marcello De Lio

Marcello's been cruising since he was 12 years old. He loves the freedom that cruising provides, meeting new people, and exploring amazing new ships. Marcello created High Seas Cruising to share his passion for cruising and travel with readers and grow a community of passionate voyagers.

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