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SpaceX’s Starlink Offers Superfast Internet on CRUISE SHIPS After New Royal Caribbean Deal

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No more bad WiFi at sea? SpaceX’s Starlink Offers High-Speed ​​Internet on CRUISE SHIPS After Signing New Deal with Royal Caribbean

  • Royal Caribbean partners with SpaceX’s Starlink to offer high-speed internet onboard its cruise ship fleet
  • “We couldn’t be more excited to partner with Royal Caribbean Group to ensure travelers can stay connected at sea,” said SpaceX’s VP of Starlink sales
  • Royal Caribbean has previously deployed a trial of the technology on Freedom of the Seas and received a “huge amount of positive feedback”
  • The service, designed to amplify the typically poor connectivity at sea, will start immediately and be fully deployed by March 2023

Elon Musk’s SpaceX will provide high-speed Internet connectivity to Starlink for all Royal Caribbean cruise ships after signing a new deal this week.

The low-latency broadband will be installed on all of the company’s International, Celebrity and Silversea cruise ships – as well as all new ships for these brands – and will be completed by March 2023.

“Royal Caribbean Group selecting Starlink to offer high-speed, low-latency internet throughout their fleet will make their passengers’ getaways even more luxurious,” said Jonathan Hofeller, vice president of Starlink Sales at SpaceX in a statement.

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SpaceX offers high-speed internet connectivity to Starlink for all Royal Caribbean cruise ships after signing a new deal this week

The low-latency broadband will be installed on the company's International, Celebrity and Silversea cruise ships - as well as on all new ships for these brands

The low-latency broadband will be installed on the company’s International, Celebrity and Silversea cruise ships – as well as on all new ships for these brands

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Royal Caribbean Group to ensure that travelers at sea can stay connected with a great internet experience.”

Internet connectivity at sea is historically poor and this partnership aims to change that.

“This technology provides groundbreaking internet connectivity onboard our ships, enhancing the cruise experience for both guests and crew,” said Jason Liberty, president and CEO of Royal Caribbean Group, in a statement.

“It will enhance and enable high-bandwidth activities such as video streaming and activities such as video calling.

“Royal Caribbean Group selecting Starlink to offer high-speed, low-latency internet in their fleet will make their passengers’ getaways even more luxurious,” said Jonathan Hofeller, vice president of Starlink Sales at SpaceX in a statement.

“This technology provides groundbreaking internet connectivity onboard our ships, enhancing the cruise experience for both guests and crew,” said Jason Liberty, president and CEO of Royal Caribbean Group, in a statement.

“Using Starlink is another example of our continued focus on innovation and excellence for our guests, our crew, the communities we visit and our shareholders.”

Royal Caribbean formerly deployed a pilot version of the Starlink technology aboard Freedom of the Seas, which received “huge amount of positive feedback” from guests and crew members.

“Starlink is a game-changer and we can’t wait to revolutionize the seas with faster and more reliable internet, making it easier for guests and crew to stay connected with work, family and friends wherever they want to travel,” said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, president and CEO of Celebrity Cruises.

In July, SpaceX unveiled a new service for superyachts, oil rigs and merchant ships that will cost $5,000 a month — plus $10,000 for two “rugged” Starlink dishes. Of course, these costs are a drop in the ocean for a company like Royal Caribbean, which had $1.5 billion in revenue last year.

The Starlink constellation currently only operates near waters closer to land masses, but will roll out to mid-ocean regions in the Northern Hemisphere by the end of this year and early 2023 in the Southern Hemisphere.

In comparison, the internet in space costs $110 per month with a one-time equipment fee of $599 for residential customers; it is also available for businesses and motorhomes.

In July, SpaceX unveiled a new service for superyachts, oil rigs and merchant ships that will cost $5,000 a month — plus $10,000 for two 'rugged' Starlink dishes.

In July, SpaceX unveiled a new service for superyachts, oil rigs and merchant ships that will cost $5,000 a month — plus $10,000 for two ‘rugged’ Starlink dishes.

ELON MUSK’S SPACEX BRINGS BROADBAND INTERNET TO THE WORLD WITH ITS STARLINK CONSTELLATION OF SATELLITES

Elon Musk’s SpaceX has launched more than 3,000 of its “Starlink” space Internet satellites into orbit and hopes to have 30,000 in the air.

They form a constellation designed to provide low-cost broadband Internet service from low Earth orbit.

While satellite internet has been around for a while, it has suffered from high latency and unreliable connections.

Star Link is different. SpaceX said its goal is to provide high-speed, low-latency internet around the world, especially in remote areas.

Musk has previously said the company could provide three billion people who currently do not have access to the internet a cheap way to get online.

It will also help fund a future city on Mars.

Helping humanity reach the Red Planet and become multi-planetary is one of Musk’s long-cherished goals and what inspired him to start SpaceX.

Musk’s rival Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, also plans to launch a constellation of satellites into low Earth orbit to provide broadband access to remote areas, as part of his Project Kuiper.

However, astronomers have expressed concern about the light pollution and other interference caused by these satellite constellations.

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