World’s largest cruise company announces 100% of its ships now equipped with Starlink

High-speed internet in the ocean
  • Carnival Corporation is the world’s largest cruise company
  • It has more than 90 ships in its fleet
  • All these ships now use Starlink internet

Published on May 15, 2024 at 4:05PM (UTC+4)

Last updated on May 17, 2024 at 6:19PM (UTC+4)

Edited by Tom Wood

The world’s largest cruise company, Carnival Corporation, just announced that the entirety of its fleet now uses SpaceX’s Starlink Wi-Fi.

Getting access to the internet when you’re in the middle of the ocean is certainly a game changer.

It also looks good for the company because Carnival boasts more than 90 cruise ships in its fleet.

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The cruise giant partnered with Starlink back in 2022 to begin installing the hardware on its ships.

And now, there’s high-speed internet on all of the cruise company’s ships.

But why is it such a big deal?

Well, it’s not the world’s largest cruise company for a reason.

The largest cruise company owns a sizeable fleet that visits more than 800 ports across the world every year.

And when you’re in the middle of the ocean, you don’t particularly have a fiber connection or data connectivity aboard in hard-to-reach areas.

But that is not an issue if you get your internet access directly from a satellite in the sky.

SpaceX’s Starlink has certainly proved to be a game-changer in its industry.

It’s had a head start, courtesy of Elon Musk and SpaceX’s collaboration.

The technology is promising, which is why several others are also shifting towards satellite-based internet.

Carnival Corporation announced the completion of the phased process in a press release.

“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,” Carnival CEO Josh Weinstein said.

He added: “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.”

It turns out that ultra-fast and stable internet amounts to satisfied customers.

As Elon Musk usually does, he reacted to the news with a one-word reply in a post on X.

Indeed, having high-speed data in the middle of nowhere does sound cool.

Even if you’re on the world’s largest cruise ship, you would definitely want to be able to browse the internet.

We don’t necessarily think you should spend your holiday like this, but we all know people who are always online.

Some images used in this story were generated using AI.

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