faq - Internet access

What is satellite internet access and how does it work?

When at sea, it is not possible to access the internet using a high-speed broadband connection as you would on land. Instead, internet connectivity on board is provided by links between the ship and communications satellites in orbit far above the Earth.

Why is satellite internet access slower than a normal connection on land?

Your internet data needs to travel vast distances between the ship’s antennae and the nearest satellite, and it needs an unobstructed line of sight between them.
A number of things may interfere with this, like storms and large objects that can block the signal, such as steep mountains close to the ship or tall buildings in ports. This interference can result in slow response times or even the system becoming unresponsive.

When is the best/worst time to use satellite internet access?

The peak use periods for internet use on board tend to be first thing in the morning or when large numbers of guests return from shore excursions. During these periods, congestion can make internet access slower, just as it would on land.
It is therefore best to avoid these periods if possible.

Where is satellite internet access available on board?

Satellite Internet Access is available in all public areas of the ship and in most cabins, including all MSC Yacht Club suites. All you need is one of our Satellite Internet Access packages and a mobile internet device (smartphone, tablet, laptop, etc.).

How much does each satellite internet access package cost?

Packages are available either per day or for the duration of your cruise. The “per cruise” rate is based on the length of the cruise.  To see prices for a specific cruise, go to the “Wifi” section of the website or consult the ship's network while on board.

Is the price for satellite internet access the same on every ship?

No, on ships offering a premium service called Satellite Internet Plus, the rate is higher. Ships with this service include MSC Seaside, MSC Seaview, and MSC Splendida. Guests will experience faster speed and a better connection on these ships.

Why is satellite internet access more expensive than a normal connection on land?

Providing internet access on board via the ship’s satellite connectivity involves significant investment in cutting-edge technology. The fees charged to those using the Satellite Internet Access service help cover the considerable costs of providing the service

Is it possible to upgrade from the Browse package to the Browse & Stream one?

Yes. You will be able to upgrade your package on board through the MSC Captive Portal (the website used to activate the pre-paid package). You can upgrade to a Browse package with additional devices or to the Browse & Stream package. You will only pay the difference between the full costs packages (to preserve the 20% discount advantage).
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