Royal Caribbean International has partnered with an Internet service platform provider that will allow it to offer unlimited Internet access fleet-wide for a daily rate.

The provider, Portland, Ore,-based OS Wireless, is known for running guest computer access in the hotel industry.

OS Wireless said it had completed an installation of its platform on 22 Royal Caribbean ships by the end of 2014.  The system, called ElevenOS, is used to manage all aspects of service including custom-branded portal pages, guest authentication, billing and advanced reporting, OS said.

"ElevenOS provides us the power and flexibility that we need in order to revolutionize Internet communications at sea for Royal Caribbean International guests,” commented Bill Martin, vice president and chief information officer for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

Royal Caribbean said day-rate pricing will vary by ship but is expected to be in the $10 to $15 range.

OS Wireless said ElevenOS also enables Royal Caribbean to offer tiered bandwidth options, so users can choose the level of service that meets their needs and budget.

The most common cruise pricing plan for internet service is a per-minute usage fee, with discounts for pre-purchased bundles of minutes. Another plan meters service by data usage.

OS Wireless said nearly 2,000 hotels, convention centers, and ships worldwide use ElevenOS to manage guest Internet access, with about 60 hotels and other venues added each month. Royal Caribbean is its first cruise client, OS Wireless said.

It said some of the advanced functionality ElevenOS has adapted for Royal Caribbean’s special requirements include extensive integration with property management and loyalty systems, customized portal pages in multiple languages, and dynamic time zones to support onboard time changes.

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