Royal Caribbean Group has announced on 30 August 2022 that the full fleet will be using SpaceX’s Starlink network for onboard internet. The innovative wideband internet service will be installed on all ships of Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Silversea Cruises.
Earlier this year the Starlink network has been tested on Freedom of the Seas. The feedback from guests and crew was very positive. The technology will therefore be implemented on all ships by the end of the first quarter of 2023.
“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,” said Jason Liberty, president and chief executive officer of Royal Caribbean Group. “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.”
Faster and more reliable internet will also make it easier for guests and crew to remain connected to work, family and friends – no matter where they are in the world.
“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,” Liberty added.
From our own experience at Amerika Reis, we know it will be a nice extra for a cruise vacation, unless you really want a digital detox.