Royal Caribbean partners with SpaceX's Starlink for onboard internet

Royal Caribbean partners with SpaceX’s Starlink for onboard internet

Royal Caribbean International’s Anthem of the Seas cruise ship calls into the Port of Greenock on July 22, 2021 in Greenock, Scotland.

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Royal Caribbean Cruises will begin offering onboard internet through SpaceX’s Starlink satellite network, the cruise line announced Tuesday.

The partnership is an effort to combat historically poor internet connectivity when cruise ships are at sea. next year.

“This technology will provide breakthrough internet connectivity on board our ships,” Jason Liberty, CEO of Royal Caribbean, said in a press release. “It will improve and enable more high-speed activities like video streaming as well as activities like video calling.”

Jonathan Hofeller, Starlink’s vice president of commercial sales at SpaceX, said in a statement that the company’s internet service will make Royal Caribbean cruises “even more luxurious.”

Starlink is an interconnected internet network of thousands of satellites in low Earth orbit that SpaceX says will provide high-speed internet access anywhere on the planet. The company has launched around 2,700 satellites to date.

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