I was thinking the same thing. The Wi-Fi is comparable to the old dial up internet speed and also depends on who else on the boat is trying to log on. Seems like the best time to use the wifi was really late at night or early morning. I have seen a few passengers bring their own Sat phone onboard to conduct business. For picking your boat and trip, I would find 4-5 boats you're interested in then start talking with the front office. They should have a good idea of the passengers that ride the trip and make recommendations for a trip suitable for newbies. From there you should be able to get a top 3. The trips during prime time might fill up quick so be ready to send in a deposit around the start of the new year.