Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 


Bluebridge Passengers to Surf While They Sail - for Free

Media release
For immediate release
Tuesday 29 January 2013

Bluebridge Passengers to Surf While They Sail - for Free

Passengers crossing Cook Strait on Bluebridge ferries can plan their holiday itinerary, post Facebook updates, tweet, email, shop and surf the web, on the company’s new free Wi-Fi available on all sailings from tomorrow (Wednesday 30 January).

Strait Shipping’s New Zealand owned and operated Bluebridge, which already offers customers free on-board movies, kids’ play areas and private cabins, is set to be the only Cook Strait ferry offering year-round free Wi-Fi to passengers on-board its ferries and inside its terminals.

“We’re always looking at ways to improve our passenger experience, and what better way to kick off the New Year than with a little something extra for our passengers,” says Strait Shipping managing director Sheryl Ellison.

“We know many of our customers want to stay connected – whether they’re at home or in the middle of the Cook Strait – and we want to help them do that. Free Wi-Fi gives our passengers another great reason to travel with us.”

Ms Ellison says the free wireless is aimed both at the domestic market – with almost half of New Zealand’s population over 18 online shoppers - and the international visitor.

“We’re expecting our international passengers to use the Wi-Fi to book activities and accommodation and make forward travel plans – which will also benefit the wider tourism sector.”

Free Wi-Fi will be available from tommorow, Wednesday 30 January, in Bluebridge terminals and all on-board passenger areas with a Wi-Fi logo. The inaugural Wi-Fi sailings will depart Wellington at 1.30pm and Picton at 2pm.

Large 3G aerials have been fitted to the Bluebridge ferries, which send signals to the wireless access points fitted across the vessels. Speeds will vary depending on usage and because the service relies on the 3G mobile phone network, there is a possibility that coverage may drop out due to atmospheric conditions and signal strength on occasion. If this happens customers will be advised to try again in around 15 minutes.

“Getting online will be a simple process,” says Ms Ellison.

“But any passengers needing help can ask any member of our friendly frontline staff.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Houses (& Tobacco) Lead Inflation: CPI Up 0.3% In March Quarter

The consumers price index (CPI) rose 0.3 percent in the March 2014 quarter, Statistics New Zealand said today. Higher tobacco and housing prices were partly countered by seasonally cheaper international air fares, vegetables, and package holidays. More>>

ALSO:

Notoriously Reliable Predictions: Budget To Show Rise In Full-Time Income To 2018: English

This year’s Budget will forecast wage increases through to 2018 amounting to a $10,500 a year increase in average full time earnings over six years to $62,200 a year, says Finance Minister Bill English in a speech urging voters not to “put all of this at risk” by changing the government. More>>

ALSO:

Prices Up, Volume Down: March NZ House Sales Drop 10% As Loan Curbs Bite

New Zealand house sales dropped 10 percent in March from a year earlier as the Reserve Bank’s restrictions on low-equity mortgages continue to weigh on sales of cheaper property. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: Chorus To Appeal Copper Pricing Judgment

Chorus will appeal a High Court ruling upholding the Commerce Commission’s determination setting the regulated prices on the telecommunications network operator’s copper lines. More>>

ALSO:

Earlier:

Cars: Precautionary Recalls Announced For Toyota Vehicles

Toyota advises that a number of its New Zealand vehicles are affected by a series of precautionary global recalls. Toyota New Zealand General Manager Customer Services Spencer Morris stressed that the recalls are precautionary. More>>

ALSO:

'Gardening Club': Air Freight Cartel Nets Almost $12 Million In Penalties

The High Court in Auckland has today ordered Swiss company Kuehne + Nagel International AG to pay a penalty of $3.1 million plus costs for breaches of the Commerce Act. Kuehne + Nagel’s penalty brings the total penalties ordered in this case to $11.95 million ... More>>

ALSO:

Crown Accounts: Revenue Below Projections

Core Crown tax revenue has increased by $1.9 billion (or 5.0%) compared to the same time last year. However this was $1.1 billion less than expected and is reflected across most tax types, continuing the pattern of recent months. More>>

ALSO:

Efficiency: Businesses And Households To Save From New Energy Plans

Minister of Energy and Resources Simon Bridges today announced three energy efficiency initiatives to improve business productivity, save money and reduce carbon emissions. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
Computer Power Plus
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news