Cunard and P&O Cruises, subsidiaries of the Carnival group, have announced plans to improve WiFi connectivity on their ships by utilizing Starlink, a satellite internet service owned by billionaire Elon Musk’s SpaceX. The cruise lines have secured a deal with Starlink to boost connectivity and bandwidth throughout their fleets.
By the end of 2024, Cunard’s Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria, and Queen Elizabeth ships will have Starlink available in public spaces and cabins. Additionally, the company’s upcoming ship, Queen Anne, will launch in May 2024 with the service already integrated.
P&O Cruises has already introduced Starlink to public spaces on Britannia and Azura ships, and by the end of 2023, it will be available in public areas and cabins on Arvia, Iona, Ventura, Arcadia, and Aurora.
Carnival UK president, Paul Ludlow, emphasized the importance of staying connected with loved ones while on vacation, stating that the ability to share unforgettable moments with friends and family back home is a crucial part of any holiday. Ludlow expressed the belief that Starlink will greatly enhance the experience for guests and crew, making it easier for them to stay connected and engaged with a variety of online activities, such as uploading pictures, accessing news and live events, and staying connected with content from home.
Starlink’s vice president of commercial sales, Jonathan Hofeller, acknowledged the significance of high-speed internet in modern lifestyles, both at home and while traveling. Hofeller expressed excitement about the opportunity for P&O Cruises and Cunard guests and crew to benefit from an improved WiFi service wherever they may be in the world.
With this partnership, Cunard and P&O Cruises are taking steps to meet the growing demand for reliable and high-speed internet access during cruises, enhancing the overall guest experience and ensuring connectivity remains a top priority.