Celebrity Cruises and parent company Royal Caribbean Group have announced today they are going all in on Elon Musk s Starlink supersizing internet capabilities across the group s entire fleet

Royal Caribbean is putting SpaceX Starlink on its cruise ships

Royal Caribbean, the cruise company that operates Celebrity Cruises and Silversea Cruises, has announced that SpaceX will equip its fleet with Starlink internet service (via). Tech Crunch) The service will make the internet experience faster and more reliable while at sea, the company said.

Royal Caribbean appears to be moving full steam ahead with the implementation of Starlink – it trialled the service on one of its ships over the summer and will officially launch on September 5 with the ship Celebrity Beyond. The company expects the service to be fully extended across its fleet by the first quarter of 2023.

Royal Caribbean’s announcement did not include technical details, such as how many Starlink dishes its ships will use or how much bandwidth will be divided among the few thousand passengers. However, the company promises that people will be able to use streaming services and make video calls.

SpaceX’s boat-focused Internet service, Starlink Maritime, is relatively new, launching earlier this summer. Currently, it only covers North and South America (including the Caribbean), Europe, and the coastal waters around Australia and New Zealand, but SpaceX said it plans to cover most of the world’s oceans by Q1 2023.

Royal Caribbean is putting SpaceX Starlink on its cruise ships

Only coastal areas in light blue are currently covered by the service.
Image: SpaceX

SpaceX has a lot going on with Starlink right now. Perhaps the most obvious is its partnership with T-Mobile, which it plans to launch next year using second-generation satellites to deliver texts and calls to cell phones. The company is working with Hawaiian Airlines and charter carrier JSX to offer in-flight Wi-Fi, something Delta (and others) are also considering. For us on Earth, the company recently launched a version of Starlink for RVs.

Meanwhile, the cruise industry is struggling to recover from the pandemic, according to a report Reuters. Like many other businesses, cruise companies have had staffing issues, forcing some cruises to be canceled. There’s also the question of whether people will continue to spring for luxuries like cruises, with economic leaders like Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell warning that efforts to fight inflation will “bring some pain to homes and businesses.”

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