Internet centres planned for fleet

Internet centres planned for fleet

Royal Caribbean International is to roll out Internet facilities for passengers across its fleet by March 2000.

Its first Internet centre will open onboard Sovereign of the Seas on September 24.

The new service, Royal Caribbean on-line, will provide access to e-mail and the Internet. It will also offer direct connections to leading Web sites for stocks and shares, sports and entertainment updates.

In addition, Royal Caribbean will offer facilities for passengers to send virtual postcards to friends and family.

Cameras mounted on computers will take a photo of the guest and then digitally place him or her in a ship or port setting.

n Royal Caribbean executives held a shipboard meeting with Alaskan mayors last week to outline changes the line has made following oil and waste dumping incidents in the region.

President Jack Williams and senior vice-president for safety and the environment Nancy Wheatley said all equipment and staff related to pollution had been replaced.

Royal Caribbean agreed to pay an $18m fine last month after pleading guilty to pollution charges.


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