2021: We had been looking at upgrading our cellular system onboard for a few months, and after much deliberating, we decided to go with the Meridian system. Having now cruised with the system onboard for the past 5 months, I am extremely happy with the decision we made.
We chose to install the modems in our existing VSAT dome. As we already had a spare network cable run to the dome, installation was simple and done by the crew in less than a day. One of the big advantages is that we did not need to install an “antenna farm” and therefore have no issues with signal loss with long coax cable runs. lt also has the added benefit of being at the highest point on our mast, which I can only assume assists with range.
We have had positive results in every location we have cruised in the past 5 months, which include: West Palm Beach, the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, USVI, Antigua and St Vincent & the Grenadines. The range and speeds naturally vary from cell tower to cell tower, but in general we have been able to have a fast and reliable connection for guests and crew.
The support has been great, and the team are always available to assist to ensure that we are connected to the optimum bands available for the given location. I would highly recommend the Meridian system and if someone is thinking of making the change, I would be happy to answer any more specific questions that anyone may have.