Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd, which operates the Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL), Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises brands, plans to improve connectivity for guests and crew at sea by offering SpaceX’s Starlink high-speed internet on its ships.
Using advanced low earth orbit satellites, Starlink delivers broadband internet connectivity which will improve the capacity, speed and reliability of internet on board. The company is testing Starlink, beginning with Norwegian Breakaway, with the intent to have a phased rollout this technology across its entire fleet.
Harry Sommer, president and CEO-elect of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd, says the initiative is part of the continuous quest to find new and innovative ways to enhance the experience for both guests and crew.
‘Once deployed, guests and crew will have a faster and more reliable method to stay connected with friends and family.’
If trials are successful, the company is targeting to equip seven additional vessels with Starlink by year-end, including all three of the new additions this year, Oceania Cruises’ Vista, Norwegian Viva and Regent’s Seven Seas Grandeur.