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MCP extends mobile roaming deal with Princess Cruises

Princess Cruises has extended its use of Maritime Communications Partner's (MCP) wireless communications service, adding the systems to the new vessel Royal Princess and her sister ship being built at Fincantieri shipyard in Italy.

The service has already been implemented on Princess Cruises’ 16 vessels.

The MCP service allows passengers to use global roaming capabilities on their mobile phones onboard ship, for voice, text and mobile internet, which is then billed to their home carrier.

The contract also includes the provision of CrewSIM, a service which allows crew members to make and receive voice calls, texts and mobile internet at discounted rates.

The new vessels, due for delivery in 2013 and 2014, will be fitted with an antenna network designed to enable an eventual migration to 3G and future technologies.

“We’ve been working with MCP for over three years now and are very pleased with their level of service and commitment to excellence,” says Tony Kaufman, Princess Cruises’ senior vice president of commercial affairs.

“It is clear that MCP is focused on future growth and future technologies. Having a partner like MCP that we can trust to handle this aspect of our operations allows us to provide exceptional service to our passenger and crew.”

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