BLYTH - Answered a Question by Sutton (07 Feb 09 17:30)

"Following Queen Mary 2’s recently completed refurbishment passengers can now access their emails or favourite websites while on the ship as easily as they could if sitting at home. Passengers have the convenience of being able to use laptops in the privacy of their staterooms with the addition of in-room wireless connectivity. Mobile phones and handheld devices can now also be used while the ship is at sea. The upgrade enhances the ship’s already existing high technology services, which includes WiFi accessibility in public rooms throughout the ship." My reading of this is there is now wi-fi in your stateroom but take your data cable with you in case you need it they no doubt will supply them at a cost and happy surfing in more ways than one !!

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Sutton - replied to BLYTH (20 Feb 09 08:09)

Many thanks for the info. Can you please explain what you mean by a data cable? I am a bit ignorant about such things. Is it also what's known as an ethernet cable?

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Blyth - replied to Sutton (21 Feb 09 08:50)

Data cable or ethernet cable is the same thing you plug one end into the computer and the other into with a data socket on the wall, both ends have the same type of push in connector.

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Sutton - replied to Blyth (21 Feb 09 09:38)

Thank you very much for clarifying. Have you any idea what the QM2 charges for internet access from the cabin? My apologies for keep asking questions but I do like to be prepared!

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Blyth - replied to Sutton (22 Feb 09 09:56)

In general the cost of internet access is around 30/45p per minute but once you register you can buy bundles of time and say 30 mins might cost £12 you can get it cheaper opting for 60 mins which might come in around £18/20 or even 100mins but you can check this out with the QM2 IT personnel who all appear to be very helpful. The speed is not as good as you might have at home as the access is via a satellite but most users don't seem to mind but it does eat into the amount of time you do have and you can attend classes on a range of topics like digital photography, how to use Vista, Word or Excel etc, but that might not be of interest to you. Hope this helps, the price of internat access is dropping 2 years ago it was 60/70p epr minute and most cruise lines have come to realise it is something their clients want but at a fair price.

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Sutton - replied to Blyth (26 Feb 09 10:25)

The information you have provided is really useful - thank you. I could certainly benefit from some tuition on digital photography so do hope they offer a class on that. Is there a charge for the classes?

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Blyth - replied to Sutton (27 Feb 09 08:19)

I have attended a few of these classes with different lines and not been charged but with the credit crunch who knows, but they are all worthwhile plus a chance to meet some other cruisers you might not bump into elsewhere. We have just 5 weeks until our Caribbean cruise !!!!!

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