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Blog post March 23, 2015
This graphic shows the shift in device usage aboard cruise ships from 2010 to 2014.

Infographic by Christine Davila/Cruiseable

This graphic shows the shift in device usage aboard cruise ships from 2010 to 2014.

Infographic: Smartphone use explodes on cruise ships

How do we communicate with family, friends and our social networks during a cruise? A study just released by MTN Communications shows a dramatic shift in our device usage in just four years' time.

We were impressed enough by the findings that Christine Davila of our team whipped up the infographic above — please share on your own social networks or blog!

MTN reported that in 2010, the breakout of devices used to purchase and access the Internet aboard cruise ships were as follows:

  • 94% desktops or laptops
  • 5% tablets
  • 1% mobile phones

In 2014, the device split changed dramatically to:

  • 60% of those connected were on mobile phones
  • 20% on tablets
  • 20% on desktops or laptops 

If you've been on a cruise lately, you've likely noticed the same trend. 

In the next day we'll be publishing our series with tips about Internet connectivity and mobile use at sea. 

(Update: Here's our series on Staying connected at sea — at a reasonable cost.)

JD Lasica
I'm co-founder, Editor and chief cat herder at Cruiseable. Follow your cruise bliss to any land where it may lead. Let's connect! I'm @jdlasica on Twitter.

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