Carnival to equip entire fleet with Starlink global internet
· May 14, 2024 ·

What an insanely cool time to be alive.

Carnival cruises are now going to be equipped with worldwide high-speed internet through Elon Musk's Starlink system.

Yep. Every single Carnival ship is going to use Starlink to provide WiFi to guests. This should be an upgrade over the notoriously unreliable internet in the middle of the ocean.

The completed installation further enhances Carnival Corporation's onboard experience for its guests and crew to provide even faster service, greater capacity, and more reliable Wi-Fi on its fleet of 90-plus ships across its portfolio of world-class cruise brands ...

Carnival thinks that this move could bring faster internet to their ships than you get on land in some cases.

The upgrade rivals on-land connectivity experiences, enabling guests and crew to stay connected anywhere in the world, including sharing pictures and videos, scrolling on social media, streaming live content, and working remotely. The added bandwidth also boosts each ship's operational and communications capabilities with more continuous onboard equipment monitoring and real-time connectivity and data sharing between ship and shore teams, along with the enhanced versatility to more quickly roll out new guest services and features, even while at sea.

Now, when I'm on a cruise, I sort of enjoy getting away from it all, having no internet connectivity, and just unplugging.

But let's be real, this will be a huge selling point for Carnival as they go forward. It'll give them a leg up on the competition, for sure.

Some ships have been equipped with Starlink since 2022, but the benefits of Elon Musk's internet company have become evident for Carnival, prompting them to take the plunge and use it on all of their ships.

'Starlink has been a game-changer for the onboard connectivity experience our cruise lines deliver to their guests, and we've already seen a surge in guest satisfaction and positive feedback from the super-fast and reliable Wi-Fi service we provide onboard,' said Josh Weinstein, CEO of Carnival Corporation. 'We see this technology as a win-win-win - it provides our guests with more flexibility to stay as connected as they'd like on vacation, it allows our crew to stay in touch with friends and loved ones, and it enhances our onboard operational systems.'

I guess this means I can go on a cruise AND work from home now, right boss?

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