The high-speed broadband will provide guests and crew with a better connection on board
Royal Caribbean Group is set to implement SpaceX's Starlink, making the group the first in the cruise industry to adopt its high-speed, low-latency connectivity for a better onboard experience for guests and crew.
The broadband internet service will be installed on all Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Silversea Cruises ships, along with all new vessels for each of the brands.
The Starlink technology will be deployed across the fleet immediately, leveraging the insights obtained from the trial onboard Freedom of the Seas, which has received positive feedback from guests and crew.
Currently, notoriously poor wifi connectivity on cruise ships remains one of the biggest pain points for travellers.
The installation is scheduled to be completed by the end of the first quarter of 2023.
Commenting on the announcement, Royal Caribbean Group president and chief executive officer Jason Liberty said: "Our purpose as a company is to deliver the best vacation experiences to our guests responsibly, and this new offering, which is the biggest public deployment of Starlink's high-speed internet in the travel industry so far, demonstrates our commitment to that purpose.
"This technology will provide game-changing internet connectivity onboard our ships, enhancing the cruise experience for guests and crew alike. It will improve and enable more high-bandwidth activities like video streaming as well as activities like video calls. Using Starlink is one more example of our continued focus on innovation and excellence for our guests, our crew, the communities we visit and our shareholders."
SpaceX vice president of Starlink Sales Jonathan Hofeller added: "Royal Caribbean Group selecting Starlink to provide high-speed, low-latency internet across their fleet will make their passengers' getaways even more luxurious. We couldn't be more excited to work with Royal Caribbean Group to ensure travellers at sea can stay connected with a great internet experience.
"Our work with SpaceX is another example of how Royal Caribbean Group continues to lead the cruise industry in innovation and adoption of cutting-edge technology."
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