Cruise News Today — July 6, 2022 [VIDEO]

Royal Caribbean Receives Approval For Starlink

Recently, we reported that Royal Caribbean was seeking approval from the FCC to offer SpaceX’s Starlink satellite internet on its ships. Now, the agency has approved Starlink use for vehicles in motion, which includes cruise ships.

Freedom of the Seas has been actively testing Starlink, and users are reporting impressive internet speeds.

Neither Royal Caribbean nor Starlink have commented if the line will officially switch to Starlink, or just use the high speed internet as a premium service. 

Elon Musk is behind the satellite internet service, which first launched in 2019. 

Guests Can Now Purchase Vibe Beach Club Passes Ahead of Their Cruise

For the first time since introducing the Vibe Beach Club sundeck on several of its ships, Norwegian Cruise Line is allowing guests to purchase passes in advance. Previously, passes were first-come, first-serve once passengers boarded the ship, leading to a race to the guest services desk.

Pricing depends on the particular itinerary and time of year, but currently a pass for a seven-night Caribbean cruise costs around $200 per person.

Vibe can be found on Norwegian Bliss, Breakaway, Encore, Escape, Getaway, Joy, and the upcoming Prima.

STORY: Norwegian Cruise Line Makes Major Vibe Beach Club Change

P&O Cruises Completes Full Restart, Again

The entire P&O Cruises fleet is back in service again, as Arcadia resumed sailings in England on Tuesday. Returning after a three-month pause, the vessel welcomed guests for a 14-night cruise from Southampton to Iceland, Norway, and Ireland.

P&O Cruises first welcomed guests back in August 2021 aboard its new ship Iona.

The cruise line initially celebrated its full restart in March, before Arcadia was taken back out of service due to crew shortages.

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