MSC nears Starlink roll-out completion

2024-03-15T18:34:52+00:00 March 15th, 2024|Technology|

Two thirds of MSC Cruises’ ships’ fleet are equipped with SpaceX’s Starlink on board connectivity.

MSC’s entire fleet roll-out will be completed by May this year.

The low earth orbit (LEO) solution is providing faster internet speeds, improved wi-fi in cabins and public spaces, reduced latency levels, and lower operational costs for 15 of MSC Cruises’ 22 ships, following bandwidth and data traffic trials in 2022.

The first MSC Cruises’ vessel to be equipped with Starlink was ’MSC Magnifica’ in December, 2022.

MSC Cruises said that on board bandwidth consumption continued to rise, driven by both an increase in the number of connected devices and the number of apps that guests like to use.

Starlink will provide MSC Cruises with enough capacity to keep up with the future requirements of its guests and crew, along with fleet technical requirements.

MSC Cruises’ ships already equipped with Starlink are ’MSC Divina’, ‘MSC Euribia’, ‘MSC Fantasia’, ‘MSC Grandiosa’, ‘MSC Lirica’, ‘MSC Magnifica’, ‘MSC Meraviglia’, ‘MSC Orchestra’, ‘MSC Poesia’, ‘MSC Preziosa’, ‘MSC Seascape’, ‘MSC Seashore’, ‘MSC Seaside’, ‘MSC Seaview’ and ’MSC Virtuosa’.

‘MSC Opera’ and ’MSC World Europa’ will be connected this month. The line’s other five ships set for installation ahead of the summer 2024 season are ’MSC Armonia’, ‘MSC Bellissima’, ‘MSC Musica’, ‘MSC Sinfonia’ and ’MSC Splendida’.

‘Explora I’, the first of six luxury ships for MSC Cruises’ sister company Explora Journeys, is also equipped with Starlink, while ‘Explora II’ will be fitted when she is delivered in August this year.

MSC Cruises offers a ‘Browse Internet Cruise Package’ and a ‘Browse & Stream Cruise Package’ on board its cruise ships,  tailored for its guests to cover the connection and number of devices needed during a cruise.