Cruise company Holland America Line is in the process of updating the internet service on its fleet of 11 ships with SpaceX’s Starlink service. The company has announced that it expects to have Starlink internet installed on the remaining five ships by mid-December 2023.
Currently, six of Holland America’s ships, namely Koningsdam, Oosterdam, Volendam, Westerdam, Zaandam, and Zuiderdam, have already been equipped with the Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) high-speed internet. The company has received positive feedback from both guests and employees who have experienced sailings in Alaska, the Mediterranean, and Canada.
The goal of the upgrade is to ensure that all guests have access to the internet in order to share their memorable experiences. Additionally, it allows team members to stay connected with their loved ones back home. Kathleen Erickson, the Vice President of Technology for Holland America Line, emphasizes the importance of keeping up with evolving technology to provide the best experience for everyone on board.
Furthermore, SES, a global satellite operator, has also announced plans to offer a hybrid solution that combines the Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) and Medium-Earth Orbit (MEO) services. This decision was made in response to customer demand from SES customers who have also adopted Starlink.
By upgrading its fleet to the Starlink service and considering hybrid solutions, Holland America Line aims to enhance connectivity for both guests and crew members during their voyages.