Herbert Hoover, during the 1928 U.S. presidential campaign, promised "a chicken in every pot and a car in every garage."
Oceania Cruises isn't running for elective office. The cruise line merely is readying the Marina -- which it describes as "the first-ever vessel purpose-built for the upper-premium segment of the leisure market” -- for a 2011 debut, and Oceania promises a laptop in each stateroom. All 629 of them.
A spokesman says a laptop in every cabin with wireless access is a cruise-industry first.
There are no details yet on rate plans for wireless access, but the spokesman says the computers will be there "as an increased convenience for guests," and they are "more than a revenue generator."
A contract with a computer manufacturer has yet to be signed, he adds.