Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd, plans to improve connectivity for guests and crew at sea by offering SpaceX’s Starlink high-speed internet on its ships. These include the fleet of Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Oceania Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line.
Starlink uses advanced low earth orbit satellites to deliver industry-leading broadband internet connectivity, improving the internet’s capacity, speed and reliability on board.
Starlink is currently being tested on the Norwegian Breakaway. NCLH will roll out the technology across its entire fleet in phases if trials are successful. It aims to equip seven additional vessels with Starlink by the end of 2023, including all three of the company’s new additions – Oceania Cruises’ Vista, Norwegian Viva, and Regent’s Seven Seas Grandeur. The extra bandwidth will also allow for more flexibility for onboard services and improve the ship-to-shore connection for operational needs.
“We are thrilled to offer Starlink on board our ships to improve internet connectivity at sea. 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.”Harry Sommer, president and CEO-elect of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.