Carnival Corp has expanded its relationship with SES.
The group has added the satcoms service provider as a Global Experience and Innovation – Select Innovation Partner.
As a Select Innovation Partner, SES will continue to work with Carnival Corp’s global experience and innovation team as an integrated design, development and delivery partner for systems including MedallionClass vacations, OceanView and MedallionNet now available on Princess Cruises.
“SES is an integral innovation partner who not only provides world-leading connectivity technology through its combined GEO and O3b MEO constellation, but most importantly is passionate about creating amazing experiences through the fusion of creativity, story, connectivity, media and technology with O3b mPOWER on a global scale,” said John Padgett, chief experience and innovation officer for Carnival Corp (pictured). “Our first joint creation, MedallionNet, has already significantly elevated the cruise experience for our guests and crew and is pushing the entire industry to improve connectivity for their guests and crew, no matter where they might be in the world.”
“With MedallionNet, we helped deliver a new and holistic model that sets an entirely new standard for cruise ship connectivity around the world,” said Steve Collar, SES president and CEO. “We are very excited to be a Select Innovation Partner for Carnival Corp’s Global Experience and Innovation team where we can play a more integral role in advancing the ocean guest experience platform. By leveraging our unique multi-orbit satellite networks, we are empowering Carnival Corp to deliver game-changing guest experiences to each and every single passenger.”
To date, Carnival Corp’s team with SES Networks, the data business unit of SES, has created MedallionNet to deliver connectivity to guests that is fast, unlimited, reliable and affordable, according to the group.
On 4th April, four O3b Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) satellites were successfully launched by Arianespace at the Guiana Space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana for SES.
The Soyuz launch brings the number of O3b satellites to 20. The scalability of the constellation means that the additional satellites will enhance coverage across the globe and enable SES Networks to provide greater service availability and reliability to cater to the increasing demand for networked applications in the government, telecom, cloud, maritime and energy markets, the company claimed.
SES is currently involved in connectivity with four out of five of the leading global cruise lines, it added.