HAL installs Starlink Internet on board over half the fleet

2023-10-15T19:48:19+00:00 October 15th, 2023|Technology|

Holland America Line (HAL) has confirmed that it is more than halfway through updating its 11 vessels with SpaceX Starlink’s internet connections.

The first ship to receive this technology was ‘Koningsdam’, and now ‘Oosterdam’, ‘Volendam’, ‘Westerdam’, ‘Zaandam’ and ‘Zuiderdam’ all have the high-speed internet on board.

Starlink offers Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite technology providing high-speed internet worldwide.

Since receiving Starlink internet, the ships have sailed through Alaska, the Mediterranean and Canada with positive guest and team member feedback on the Wi-Fi’s performance.

“Our goal is to continue keeping all guests connected to the internet to share their memorable experiences, and to allow our team members to stay in touch with their loved ones back home,” said Kathleen Erickson, HAL’s Vice President of Technology.

“It’s important we stay up to date with evolving technology to ensure the best experience for everyone stepping foot on our ships.”

Adding Starlink to HAL’s fleet brings faster internet to guests and team members in all weather conditions and locations. The upgrade has made it easier to stay connected to friends and family around the globe and allows professional communications for guests who need office grade satcoms.

The remaining five ships are scheduled to have Starlink installed by mid-December this year.