Starlink And Royal Caribbean Sign High-Speed Internet Deal
The first cruise industry client has been acquired by Elon Musk's Starlink.
On Tuesday, Royal Caribbean made a proposal to employ Starlink internet on all of its upcoming new builds and more than 60 cruise ships in its global fleet. The SpaceX-operated Starlink satellite internet constellation offers fast speed and minimal latency.
According to SpaceX Vice President of Starlink Sales Jonathan Hofeller, Royal Caribbean Group's decision to use Starlink to provide high-speed, low-latency internet throughout their fleet will make their clients' vacations even more opulent. "We are beyond thrilled to collaborate with Royal Caribbean Group to guarantee that passengers at sea can maintain connectivity with a fantastic internet experience," he said.
The Starlink service, which will be installed aboard all Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, and Silversea Cruises ships as well as all newbuild boats, will be accessible to both guests and crew from anywhere in the world, according to Royal Caribbean. That amounts to around 64 ships overall and ten new builds.
The 3,600-passenger Freedom of the Seas has already had a successful trial, according to Royal Caribbean, and deployment will start right away. Starlink is only now accessible in a few regions around the world, but it is quickly growing to include more areas and eventually provide global coverage.
According to Royal Caribbean Group President and CEO Jason Liberty, "Our company's purpose is to responsibly provide the best vacation experiences to our customers, and this new offering, which is the largest public deployment of Starlink's high-speed internet in the travel industry to date, demonstrates our dedication to that purpose."
"This innovation will bring revolutionary internet connectivity to our ships, increasing the cruise experience for both passengers and staff. It will enhance and make high-bandwidth activities like video streaming and video calls more feasible. Our continuous commitment to innovation and excellence for our guests, our crew, the communities we visit, and our shareholders is demonstrated through our use of Starlink," he added.