Cruise News Today — April 7, 2023 [VIDEO]

Three More Cruise Lines to Implement Starlink Satellite Internet

Three more cruise lines are adding Starlink internet to their ships, as Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings has announced it will be implementing the high-speed service fleet wide.

Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania, and Regent Seven Seas will be rolling out SpaceX’s satellite internet in phases, with testing currently taking place on Norwegian Breakaway. The company says that if trials are successful, it will be added to seven more ships by the end of the year, including newbuilds Norwegian Viva, Seven Seas Grandeur, and Vista.

Once finalized, the rollout schedule will be announced so guests can see whether their cruise will include Starlink.

STORY: Starlink High-Speed Internet to Be Added to Three More Cruise Lines

Disney Cruise Line to Implement Wearable DisneyBand+

Disney Cruise Line is finally getting into the wearables game, as it will be debuting the DisneyBand+ aboard Disney Wish this summer.

The bracelet, which is essentially the same as a MagicBand+ used at the Disney parks, will allow guests to unlock their cabin door, pay for things on board, link photos to their account, and more. The technology will be previewed on select Disney Wish voyages this summer before its official debut.

The bands will come in three exclusive designs and are an optional add-on that’s not included in the cruise fare.

STORY: Disney Cruise Line to Debut DisneyBand+ Wearable on One Ship This Summer

Mariner of the Seas Back in Passenger Service

After an extended dry dock, Mariner of the Seas is back in action.

The ship departed on a four-night western Caribbean cruise out of Port Canaveral on Thursday after returning across the Atlantic from a shipyard in Spain. Updates included maintenance to the propellers, a pool deck and water slide upgrade, engine work, and general freshening up around the ship.

The dry dock took longer than expected, which caused the planned April 1st voyage to be canceled.

Mariner of the Seas operates mostly four and five-night western Caribbean cruises. In May, she’ll transition to longer Caribbean itineraries for the summer.

STORY: Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship Resumes Service Following Extended Dry Dock

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