Following the news that Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas will both benefit from the fastest internet seas aboard a passenger vessel, Royal Caribbean have discovered that over half of holidaymakers rely on their web gadgets whilst on holiday.
From posting on social media to checking the latest news back on dry land; Royal Caribbean have found that 51% of people can’t get through a holiday without gadgets and 52% believe the internet significantly improves their trip.
The cruise company discovered that, over a week, the average holidaymaker will send four texts, two personal emails, two work emails, one Vine, two Snapchats, four Instagrams, three tweets, four images on Pinterest and four Facebook updates. This means that the average family of four will post roughly 200 social media updates whilst on holiday.
The most connected amongst those surveyed revealed they would post more than 15 times as a day on Twitter and Facebook. Men were found to be twice as likely to update their social media channels than women whilst enjoying a relaxing break.
Surprisingly the survey revealed many parents were more likely to be found glued to their gadgets than their children. More than 20% of parents surveyed revealed they spent more time surfing the web on their holiday than kids and teenagers.
Young travellers aged 18-24 are the most likely to keep up to date with work and keep in contact with their bosses. The young adults were found to keep their bosses updated of their travels three times as much as 45-54 year olds.
Keeping connected with loved ones over Facebook is the biggest use of the internet whilst on holiday, taking up 38% of all internet connectivity. Additionally, 25% is dedicated to gaming and 27% to texting. Families were keen to stress there are limits to surfing the web, with 39% banning the internet during mealtimes 27% on day trips, 21% by the pool and 14% when on the beach.
Royal Caribbean managing director Stuart Leven is proud of the advances made to the connectivity of the Quantum Class ships: “The new technologies make things possible at sea that could never have been done before.
“Wi-fi connectivity speeds that match fast broadband connections onshore, Robot bartenders, RFID luggage tracking devices and Roboscreens, among others things, are complete game-changers for the travel industry and we know that guests will be amazed when they step on board.”
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