Carnival Corporation has begun implementing Starlink internet onboard Carnival Cruise Line and AIDA Cruises ships
Carnival Corporation has contracted satellite technology provider SpaceX to provide faster and higher capacity internet connectivity via its Starlink solution, across its brands, beginning with Carnival Cruise Line and AIDA Cruises.
Fleet roll-out began in December 2022 and aims to triple the bandwidth of each ship so that guests can share photos and videos, and stream movies and live sporting events reliably.
“For many of our guests, it has become more and more important to maintain the type of connectivity at sea that they’ve become accustomed to at home, and of course to share the unforgettable experiences of their cruise with friends and family,” said Josh Weinstein, president and CEO of Carnival Corporation. “We are in the business of delivering happiness, and Starlink makes it as easy as possible for our guests to share all their great moments and memories, giving them even more joy out of their cruise vacation.”
Jonathan Hofeller, vice president of Starlink sales for SpaceX, said: “High-speed, low-latency broadband internet is critical in our modern age, and we’re excited to provide Carnival Cruise Line and AIDA’s guests an internet experience that makes their travel even more enjoyable. In even the most remote waters, guests onboard Carnival Corporation ships will be able to share real-time updates with friends and family.”
Carnival Corporation also plans to expand Starlink to its other cruise brands including Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Seabourn, P&O Cruises Australia, Costa Cruises, P&O Cruises and Cunard.
“The added bandwidth will give the brands the capabilities and flexibility to introduce new guest services and features, as well as help boost operational functions like onboard equipment monitoring and real-time communications between ship and shore teams,” said Weinstein. “And, importantly, adding Starlink’s innovative technology to the company’s existing connectivity platform will also help our amazing crew stay in touch with friends and loved ones.”
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