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25 Moments that Mattered in 2015: To make our selection of 25 moments, we thought back to the stories that drove reader engagement and sparked discussion among both travel experts and the general public. Some stories were quick blips that represented bigger things while others were narratives that built slowly through out the year. Each one, though, spoke to where we are right now when it comes to the big business of global travel.

For a long time, cruise lines lagged behind airlines and hotel chains in terms of providing Internet connectivity onboard.

The price tag associated with providing internet access while at sea was too costly. Until 2015.

Carnival Corp. announced that it would bring high-speed Wi-Fi to all of its global brands, with reduced price options for cruisers looking to access only social media sites. Royal Caribbean International, likewise, rolled out its high-speed VOOM service to more vessels.

Cruise lines hope that customers will share their positive experiences online during their sailings, and that the cruise experience overall will become more enticing to those who can’t completely leave the internet behind on vacation– especially millennials.

The Full Story:

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Carnival Corp. Brings High-Speed Wi-Fi to All Global Brands

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Photo credit: Royal Caribbean International's Quantum-class vessels set a new bar for Wi-Fi. Royal Caribbean International

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