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  • On Mar 21, 2022
    Stacie from CA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Are we allowed to bring my husband's mifi (wifi) jet pack portable wifi? Was wondering if this would solve our wifi issues as I heard it is sporatic on the ship and at port.

    Ahoy there, Stacie! Welcome aboard here at planDisney! I'm so glad you're already thinking of the details for your Disney Cruise Line Vacation and sailed my way with your question about bringing a portable hotspot! 

    Ah, the age-old question of how to stay connected while at sea. We actually get this question relatively frequently so let's get right to it! 

    Personally, whenever I'm on a Disney Cruise Line vacation, I take the opportunity to disconnect as much as possible, set my out-of-office replies to something witty about being at sea, turn on airplane mode (they really should rename that for us cruisers, huh?), and let myself be inaccessible except through the Disney Cruise Line Navigator App! 

    That said, I understand there may be some circumstances where you need to be connected. The good news is you can bring your personal Wi-Fi hotspot, but let's unpack a few important details on why you may not NEED to! 

    As far as Wi-Fi goes, I've found that the Connect@Sea service is more than adequate for basic web browsing and the occasional call, but it's all about meeting your expectations! Now, if you are hoping to stream video or upload hundreds of photos, the ship's Wi-Fi and Cellular at Sea capabilities were not designed for that level of internet use. In my experience, I've not had any issues with connectivity while in port, though it is difficult to quantify that based on what you've experienced, but that may be what you have heard it described as "sporadic," when doing your research.

    Speaking of Cellular at Sea, since portable hotspots work via Cellular service if you brought one you would technically be using data sent over the Cellular at Sea network. Just like your wireless plan, charges for data for your hotspot will vary depending on your service provider, and you should contact them before you sail so you are aware of what rates are for calls made when on an international vacation or at sea.  I don't know about you, but I'm old enough to remember when "International Roaming" were the two scariest words in the universe and just how expensive even a single call can be - but depending on what you hope to accomplish while connected to the internet at sea, your nautical mileage may vary! 

    Well Stacie, I hope that quick download of information helped you decide if bringing the hotspot is worth the trouble! Thank you so much for your question, and if you need to drop me a line, I hear carrier seagulls are making a comeback - we'll see if they can do as well as they say, haha! 

    Until we meet again, may your anchor be tight, your compass true, and your wireless charges minimal! 

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Meet the Panelist: Andrew, Missouri

Anchors aweigh! I’m Andrew - but you can call me PLANdrew! I’m a Disney husband and dad who’s been sailing with Disney Cruise Line since I was 15 years old. My family and I have embarked on incredible itineraries around the world, making magical memories on each exciting adventure. So, if “the line where the sky meets the sea calls you," I’m here to be your guide! As Maui would say, “You’re Welcome!” Learn More About Andrew

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