17 MSC cruise ships upgrade to high-speed Starlink internet service

MSC Cruises is the latest cruise line to hop on the Starlink bandwagon. As of February 28, two-thirds of its fleet has been equipped with the SpaceX technology, offering most guests faster internet access. Two more ships will be hooked up this month, while the rest of the MSC Cruises fleet is scheduled to have Starlink by May 2024.

What MSC Cruise ships have Starlink?

Carnival Cruise ship Starlink Internet

Implementation began with MSC Magnifica in December 2022. Fifteen of the 22 vessels already have the upgrade:

  • MSC Euribia
  • MSC Divina
  • MSC Grandiosa
  • MSC Fantasia
  • MSC Magnifica
  • MSC Lirica
  • MSC Orchestra
  • MSC Opera
  • MSC Meraviglia
  • MSC Presziosa
  • MSC Poesia
  • MSC Seashore
  • MSD Seascape
  • MSC Seaview
  • MSC Seaside
  • MSC Virtuosa
  • MSC World Europa

MSC Bellissima, MSC Armonia, MSC Sinfonia, MSC Musica, and MSC Splendida will offer the same service by the summer of 2024.

MSC’s first luxury cruise ship, EXPLORA I, has been outfitted with satellite-powered internet. EXPLORA II will also have it when it debuts this August.

Meeting the growing demand for connectivity with Starlink

According to MSC, the demand for onboard internet continues to grow as more devices connect to shipboard networks and the selection of apps becomes wider. Starlink will help the company meet the demand by offering faster internet speeds and superior connectivity in cabins and public areas. 

Guests of MSC Cruises can avail of Starlink through its Browse Internet Cruise Package and the more premium Browse & Stream Cruise Package. They offer 24-hour connectivity and unlimited data. Prices aren’t posted online but become available after booking. In general, the daily rate is under $20. 

An MSC Cruises cruise ship setting sail from the Galveston cruise terminal in the ocean.
(Photo via MSC)

Starlink’s download speeds are between 100 and 350 Mbps, with upload speeds of 20 to 40 Mbps. Aside from more reliable connections, the technology is cheaper to install and operate, encouraging many cruise operators to switch. 

Prices for Starlink Internet on MSC Cruises vary by the itinerary and when it’s purchased. Pre-cruise purchases save 20 percent, while onboard is listed pricing (usually running between $10 to $20 per day in my experience).

Carnival Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, Cunard, Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises, Regent Seven Seas, and Royal Caribbean have implemented Starlink on some or all of their vessels.

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