The world’s largest cruise line, Carnival Corporation, announced an agreement with SpaceX to roll out Starlink Wi-Fi services on its vessels.
Installation of Starlink terminals has already begun, and services should be live on some vessels.
Per the agreement, Carnival is starting with its Carnival and AIDA vessels, with the plan to expand the service to its other brands of Cunard, Costa Cruises, Holland America Line, P&O Cruises, Princess Cruises and Seabourn over the next several months.
The CEO of Carnival Corporation had this to say about the announcement:
For many of our guests, it has become increasingly important to maintain the type of connectivity at sea that they’ve become accustomed to at home and, of course, to share the unforgettable experiences of their cruise with friends and family.
The new agreement will see SpaceX provide both crew and guests with a fast and reliable Wi-Fi network.
It will be a true game changer on board with Starlink Maritime able to hit 100-350 Mbps for downloads.
However, Carnival did not confirm if they will charge for access to the service or if it will be included in the cabin cost.
Carnival joins a growing list of Starlink Maritime customers in the cruising space. Cruise lines currently using the service include Royal Caribbean, Celebrity and Hurtigruten.