Starlink now available on Carnival’s 90 plus cruise ships

2024-05-28T20:43:11+00:00 May 28th, 2024|Technology|

The whole of Carnival Corp fleet, across all of its brands, is now equipped with Starlink’s high-speed, low-latency global internet connectivity.

Carnival said that the completed installation further enhances the group’s on board experience for its guests and crew to provide even faster service, greater capacity, and more reliable Wi-Fi on its fleet of 90-plus ships.

Starlink is the latest in a series of innovations and investments from Carnival Corp that have collectively quadrupled its fleetwide bandwidth since 2019 through its industry-leading connectivity strategy.

This upgrade rivals on-land connectivity experiences, enabling guests and crew to stay connected anywhere in the world, including sharing pictures and videos, scrolling on social media, streaming live content, and working remotely, the group claimed.

The added bandwidth also boosts each ship’s operational and communications capabilities with more continuous on board equipment monitoring and real-time connectivity and data sharing between the ship and shore teams, along with the enhanced versatility to more quickly roll-out new guest services and features, even while at sea.

“Starlink has been a game-changer for the on board connectivity experience our cruise lines deliver to their guests, and we’ve already seen a surge in guest satisfaction and positive feedback from the super-fast and reliable Wi-Fi service we provide on board,” said Josh Weinstein, Carnival Corp CEO.

“We see this technology as a win-win-win – it provides our guests with more flexibility to stay as connected as they’d like on vacation, it allows our crew to stay in touch with friends and loved ones, and it enhances our on board operational systems.”

Carnival Corp began its fleetwide roll-out of Starlink in December, 2022 with Carnival Cruise Line and AIDA Cruises’ ships, before expanding it to the other brands, including Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Seabourn, P&O Cruises (Australia), Costa Cruises, P&O Cruises (UK) and Cunard.

Designed to support a variety of constantly moving vessels worldwide, the company’s system leverages technologies from a diverse range of suppliers and is capable of dynamically routing internet traffic and optimising network speeds to provide a consistent experience to guests across every brand and itinerary, Carnival said.