September 11, 2014

Oceania Cruises is the latest luxury line to launch complimentary Internet access on its five ships—a first for the brand. It joins Regent Seven Seas, which announced that it was adding free WiFi last month. The on-board Wi-Fi system was recently upgraded across its five mid-size ships, bringing connectivity that’s twice as fast as before to public spaces, outdoor decks, plus all suites and staterooms.

Those staying in top-tier suites (Owner’s, Vista, and Oceania) will receive unlimited access, while Penthouse suite and Concierge Level guests will get blocks of time based on the cruise length (200 minutes for seven nights to 500 minutes for 16-plus nights). It may sound exclusive, but the company says that this will cover approximately half of all guests. The rollout will begin at the start of the 2015 winter season, with the October 25 sailing of the Nautica.

Brooke Porter Katz is an Associate Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter at @brookeporter1.

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