Carnival completes Starlink deployment on global fleet

Carnival Corporation has announced that it has completed the roll-out of Starlink connectivity across its entire global fleet, with all of its cruise ships now operating with the satcom service.

The system will be used to improve crew and guest Wi-Fi services on Carnival’s 90-plus ships across its portfolio of cruise brands, with Starlink the latest in a series of investments that have collectively quadrupled the company’s fleetwide bandwidth since 2019.

The added bandwidth will also boost each ship’s operational communications capabilities and will be used for continuous onboard equipment monitoring and real-time data sharing between ship and shore teams.

“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, CEO 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 began its roll-out of Starlink in December 2022 on Carnival Cruise Line and AIDA Cruises ships, before expanding to the company’s other brands, which include Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Seabourn, P&O Cruises, Costa Cruises, and Cunard.

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