MSC Cruises Improves Onboard Connectivity with SpaceX’s Starlink

cannes, MSC Divina cruise ship in Dubrovnik

Two-thirds of MSC Cruises’ ships already have SpaceX’s Starlink onboard connectivity, and the fleet rollout program will be finished by May 2024.

Following bandwidth and data traffic trials in 2022, the low earth orbit system is now offering faster internet speeds, improved wi-fi in cabins and public spaces, lower latency levels, and cheaper operational costs to 15 of the line’s 22 ships.

In December 2022, MSC Magnifica became the first MSC Cruises vessel to be equipped with Starlink.

MSC Cruises has noticed an increase in on-board bandwidth consumption, which is being driven by both the quantity of connected devices and the amount of apps that guests like using.

Starlink will offer MSC Cruises with adequate capacity to meet the future needs of its guests, crew, and the technical requirements of its fleet of ships.

MSC Cruises’ Starlink-equipped ships include 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 added this month, while the line’s other five ships, MSC Armonia, MSC Bellissima, MSC Musica, MSC Sinfonia, and MSC Splendida, will have increased connection ahead of the summer 2024 season.

EXPLORA I, the first of six luxury ships from MSC Cruises’ sister company Explora Journeys, is also equipped with Starlink, and EXPLORA II will have the upgraded connectivity when she first sails in August 2024.

MSC Cruises provides a ‘Browse Internet Cruise Package’ and a ‘Browse & Stream Cruise Package’ onboard its fleet to cover the connection and number of devices required throughout a voyage.


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