Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings has announced that it will be adding SpaceX’s Starlink high-speed internet to its global fleet of ships, which includes those under the Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises, and Regent Seven Seas Cruises brands.
Using advanced low earth orbit satellites, Starlink delivers broadband internet connectivity that will improve the capacity, speed, and reliability of internet on board. The company is currently testing Starlink on Norwegian Breakaway and is intending to roll it out across the fleet in phases.
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,” said Harry Sommer, president and CEO-elect of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. “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.”
If trials are successful, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings is planning to add Starlink to seven additional ships by the end of the year, including this year’s new additions: Seven Seas Grandeur, Norwegian Viva, and Vista.
A rollout plan is being developed and details regarding the timeline for specific ships will be announced once finalized. In addition to providing better internet for guests and crew members’ personal use, the extra bandwidth will also improve onboard service and ship-to-shore connection for operational needs.