WiFi Access & Ogden Point – Victoria BC

Ogden Point Café- WiFi
I discovered today when I dropped by the Cruise Ships docks to lunch at the Ogden Point Café in Victoria BC and spend some time in surfing the Internet that their WiFi access has been removed.


Ogden Point BC:  Cruise Terminal




Ogden Point Cafe



A few weeks ago I was informed they had some technical issues and now this week that the WiFi service has been stopped for clients.



Ogden Point Cruise Terminal (Tour Bus)



Sea Princess – Ogden Point



 As in many parts of the world cruisers have always looked for a free WiFi access point or a minimal cost location near their cruise ship docks.
In this case though I’m not privy to the reasons to the decision, it is fair to say that their free access for customers was abused by a lot of people. I include mainly crew and perhaps some locals who would occupy tables without purchasing any food or drink including handing out the current password to crew outside the Café.

During the 2010 season they tried to request crew mainly to not abuse the access, buy something and leave room for other clients to use the Café.
This worked to some degree as the season progressed but it would seem the privilege was abused such we all suffer when people assume it is their right to have WiFi access without being a paying customer.

We have just returned from a trip on Sea Princess around the Caribbean and time in Barbados with family. What I’ve noticed in these prime tourist spots is you can get free access but you are either a guest at the hotel, villa or you have bought even a tea or juice in the local mall. They will then give you access for a set time.
In the larger Islands you will find an Internet spot with at least prices cheaper then the cruise ship.

Here in NA I can get some free time near a Starbucks location without buying but even that is controlled though quite generously.

We need to support the places that give us free WiFi by at least buying some of their products and not occuping the tables all day as is seen at times.
I meant this article to be about Ogden Point WiFi service being discontinued but I have gone into what I believe is a service we want but we have to respect the place that offers the service.

Hopefully in 2011, we might get the access back as good customers.
Cheers

Victoria BC Ogden Point Cafe: WiFi Access Popularity or Bottleneck

Updated:  July 30, 2010
Well we went down at about 8pm for a wee treat with coffee and only two ships (Golden Princess and HAL’s Rotterdam ) were docked. Lots of activity with cruise passengers waiting for taxis and getting on tour buses. Temperatures were cool (19c – 21c) but nice though even the crew using the Ogden Point WiFi access were wearing light sweaters and jackets. Some of the crew were sitting as four around a table with their laptops but you still have ones seating by themselves and the vast majority in the Cafe  have not bought anything. Also had some folks outside near the viewpoint using their laptops.  Course folks were watching their speeds drop as more signed on and the password is now being changed on a regular basis.
Lots of cruise passengers  out and about in the area, even one who picked up a small piece of driftwood to carve. Wondering if security on the ship would stop him, might be bugs in the wood you know.

At July, 24, 2010:
As mentioned in my prior post about a great place to go for a java / tea, meals near the ships , only five minutes walk, is the local Ogden Point Cafe.
As a courtesy they provide free WiFi access to customers  if you request the password at the cashier when purchasing your drinks or food. This password is normally changed on a weekly basis.
A lot of ship`s crew come in to use this access,  which is nice to see for all of us  and to encourage but what has become evident to my view is the Cafe being taken advantage of when no food or drink is purchased by folks sitting at tables by themselves.
Tonight (July 24, 2010)  we had three ships docked (HA, Princess, NCL), arrived about 7pm  and when I dropped by at 9pm aside from a long lineup to get food , java,  almost every table was occupied by visiting crew with their laptop open and no food or drink bought . The problem I see is that as crew from different ships do not know each other then they do not sit with each other leaving a table with 2 – 3 empty chairs. The other problem is the Cafe needs to make money as it is a Cafe, not an Internet Cafe. 
It would sound like the Ogden Point Port Authority need to consider to  provide free WiFi access for crew and an area off the ship. If the crew visits the Cafe then they should be good customers and  purchase an item and share tables otherwise all visitors off the ships and locals will not be able to enjoy the Ogden Point Cafe if it looks occupied when in fact it was not.
In fact given most crew now communicate via WiFi on their precious free time it would be a good perk for the ships to provide this service to their crew on the ship perhaps by accessing local Internet Service Providers  Thoughts!!

This is my humble observation of what happens in busy times with good weather, not all the time but perhaps some type of WiFi access protocol rules are needed when using a free service in a Cafe.
It is a fine balance of making visitors including crew welcomed to our area of the cruise world so we might enjoy and learn of our different cultural mixes.
My observation.
Cheers

Victoria BC Ogden Point Cafe and Crew WiFi Access




Ogden Point Cafe – Victoria BC

 


Ogden Point- Victoria BC

 The Alaska season for cruise ships coming to Victoria BC Canada is now in full swing. Majority of passengers normally enjoy a full or half day in port.

Victoria has a lot to offer with its English type weather and charm.
I’ve started to take pictures of each ship when it arrives and plan to post them on a separate post this summer. One thing that is evident is where do the crew who are off-duty go when in port for their relaxation.
Well, right beside the docks and only a five minute walk in sight of the ships is a lovely cafe overlooking the docks and the sea.
It is called the Ogden Point Cafe and offers a wonderful food selection, a lovely view of the ships at anchor, a view across the strait from Canada to the USA Olympic Mountains and in my humble mind, great staff. Note: Great Coffee (aka Java) also.
I park my car ( free parking for an hour by Ogden Point Cafe, look for the yellow markers ) do some picture taking , and then have a java and / or food.
What I discovered especially in the evening is about twenty – thirty crew from various ships having a great time though together but ‘huddled’ over their laptops , ITouch, IPads using their free WiFi access to access emails, the web and webcams to their families.
Only problem is the more who use the access, including yours truly with his ITouch, the shared speed drops down to zero
until someone leaves. I believe the server is Cable, not ADSL/DSL which means you are sharing with not only the Cafe users
but ones in the area.
A big ‘Thank you’ to Ogden Point Cafe owners who provide this WiFi access for paying customers (crew and us locals).
http://www.members.shaw.ca/ope/
Their password is changed on a weekly cycle and as you may request it at the cashier when you obtain your food / java / tea.
The Ogden Point area also provides telephones, a gift shop, a dive shop and lot of folks walking along the beach.