Carnival Corporation Implements SpaceX’s Innovative Starlink Across Entire Global Fleet

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summit, Imposing Carnival Valor Cruise Ship anchored at San Juan harbor

Carnival Corporation & plc, the world’s largest cruise line, said recently that all of its ships in the global fleet are equipped with Starlink’s high-speed, low-latency global internet connectivity.

The completed installation improves Carnival Corporation’s onboard experience for its passengers and staff by providing faster service, increased capacity, and more dependable Wi-Fi across its fleet of over 90 ships throughout its portfolio of world-class cruise brands. Carnival Corporation’s Starlink rollout is the latest in a series of innovations and investments that have together doubled its fleetwide bandwidth since 2019 as part of its industry-leading connectivity strategy.

The improvement rivals on-land connectivity experiences, allowing passengers and workers to stay connected from anywhere in the world, such as exchanging photos and videos, scrolling through social media, streaming live content, and working remotely. The increased bandwidth also improves each ship’s operational and communications capabilities, allowing for more continuous onboard equipment monitoring, real-time connectivity, and data sharing between ship and shore teams, as well as the ability to roll out new guest services and features more quickly, even while at sea.

“Starlink has been a game-changer for the onboard 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 onboard,” said Josh Weinstein, chief executive officer of Carnival Corporation. “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 onboard operational systems.”

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

The Starlink expansion extends the company’s multi-provider strategy of providing the same dependable, high-speed Wi-Fi service available on land while on board its global fleet of 90+ ships, which visit more than 800 ports globally. Designed to support a variety of constantly moving vessels that sail all over the world, the company’s system leverages technologies from a diverse range of suppliers and is capable of dynamically routing internet traffic and optimizing network speeds to provide guests with a consistent experience across all brands and itineraries.

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