Carnival Corp’s UK brands, P&O Cruises and Cunard are to enhance their Wi-Fi connectivity and bandwidth across the fleets by rolling out SpaceX’s Starlink.
Starlink, supplier of Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite technology, will provide guests with greater capacity across P&O Cruises and Cunard ships, allowing for sharing photos and videos, streaming films and enjoying other content on board at faster speeds.
The roll-out of Starlink on the cruise ships began in June, 2023, with the service due to be available in both public spaces and cabins on Cunard’s ‘Queen Mary 2’, ‘Queen Victoria’ and ‘Queen Elizabeth’ by the end of this year.
Cunard’s newest ship, ‘Queen Anne’ will have the service in May, 2024.
P&O Cruises’ ‘Britannia’ and ‘Azura’ have already introduced Starlink to the public spaces on board and it will be available in both public spaces and cabins on ‘Arvia’, ‘Iona’, ‘Ventura’, ‘Arcadia’ and ‘Aurora’ by the end of 2023.
Carnival UK and P&O Cruises President, Paul Ludlow (pictured), said: “Sharing unforgettable moments with friends and family back at home is an important part of any holiday. Whether it’s uploading a picture of a sunset as you sail away from a newly discovered destination or catching up with the news, live events or content from home, Starlink will make it even easier for our guests and colleagues to stay connected.”
Starlink Vice President of Commercial Sales, Jonathan Hofeller, added: “High speed internet is critical to our modern lifestyle both at home and when travelling. We’re excited that P&O Cruises and Cunard guests and crew will benefit from an improved Wi-Fi service on board wherever they are in the world.”