Luxury British cruise line Cunard has signed an agreement to provide SpaceX’s Starlink internet service to its entire fleet, according to an announcement made by the company on Monday. The rollout of Starlink on Cunard’s ships began in June and is expected to be completed by the end of 2023. The service will be accessible in public areas on all three ships in the fleet, namely the Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria, and Queen Elizabeth. Furthermore, Cunard’s new ship, the Queen Anne, which is set to launch in May 2024, will also feature Starlink.
Cunard President Katie McAlister expressed the benefits of the partnership, stating that Starlink will make it easier for guests and crew members to stay connected while on board. From uploading pictures to catching up with news and live events, the high-speed internet service will enhance the overall experience for everyone on the ships.
Starlink has proven to be successful in entering the cruise market, with several cruise lines, including Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean Group, American Cruise Lines, and Windstar Cruises, also signing deals for the service. Additionally, satellite service providers such as Speedcast and Marlink have integrated Starlink into their offerings. Last week, SES, a global satellite operator, announced that it would include Starlink in its range of services for cruise companies, providing a hybrid Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) and Medium-Earth Orbit (MEO) solution.
The inclusion of Starlink on Cunard’s fleet highlights the growing demand for reliable and high-speed internet connectivity at sea. Passengers and crew members can now enjoy seamless communication, access to online content, and a wide range of digital services throughout their journey.