Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings will enhance connectivity at sea by rolling out Starlink internet access on its ships.
Norwegian Cruise Line, a leading global cruise company that operates the Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises brands, will improve connectivity for guests and crew at sea by offering SpaceX’s Starlink high-speed internet on its ships.
Using advanced low earth orbit satellites, Starlink delivers industry-leading broadband internet connectivity that will improve the capacity, speed and reliability of the internet on board. The company is currently testing Starlink, beginning with Norwegian Breakaway, and intends to roll out this game-changing technology across its entire world-class fleet in a phased manner.
“We are thrilled to offer Starlink on board our ships to improve internet connectivity at sea,” says Harry Sommer, president and CEO-elect of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. “This initiative is a testament to our continuous quest to find new and innovative ways to enhance the experience for both guests and crew while sailing on our award-winning brands. Ensuring that this technology meets our high standards of excellence for our guests is incredibly important to us, which is why we are introducing this cutting-edge technology across our fleet in a phased manner. Once deployed, guests and crew will have a faster and more reliable method to stay connected with friends and family including by sharing in real-time the incredible memories they create while at sea.”
If trials are successful, the company aims to equip seven additional vessels with Starlink by year-end, including all three of the company’s exciting new additions this year, Oceania Cruises’ Vista, Norwegian Viva and Regent’s Seven Seas Grandeur. A comprehensive rollout plan is under development and details regarding the timeline and availability on specific ships will be communicated once finalised. In addition to enhancing the guest and crew experience, the extra bandwidth will allow for more flexibility for onboard services and improve the ship-to-shore connection for operational needs.