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Carnival Jubilee to debut fleet's first 5G coverage

5G service will be the latest way for Carnival passengers to share their cruise experiences with friends and family
Starting in early 2024 the new Carnival Jubilee will offer 5G mobile connectivity, the first to do so in the Carnival Cruise Line fleet.

Carnival also touted this as North America's first 5G cruise service, through a partnership with cellular provider Wireless Maritime Service.

Newly introduced China ship Adora Magic City, belonging to Adora Cruises (a joint venture between Carnival Corp. and China State Shipbuilding Corp.), is also offering 5G.

'The ongoing enhancements we’re rolling out on all of our ships, such as SpaceX’s Starlink satellite internet service, make it significantly easier for guests to share the memorable experiences of their cruise with friends and family,' said Luis Terife, VP on-board guest commerce at Carnival Cruise Line.

Other Fun Ships to follow

Carnival Jubilee passengers can use 5G through service plans for cruise ships provided by their wireless carriers. After the initial launch on Carnival Jubilee, the cruise line plans to enable other ships across its fleet with 5G capabilities.

Carnival recently completed upgrades on all of its 25 ships to install necessary infrastructure for Starlink service. In addition, the line has partnerships with other internet vendors to equip vessels with multi-provider functionality to ensure dependable service.

Multi-provider, multi-orbit strategy

'We’ve received very positive feedback from our guests who are enjoying the more reliable Wi-Fi across the fleet as we continue to increase our capacity through Starlink and other service providers,' said John Harshaw, VP global infrastructure at Carnival Cruise Line. 'Our multi-provider, multi-orbit strategy minimizes single-provider supply chain constraints and improves overall connectivity in support of our operations and the enhanced experience for our guests and team members.'

Carnival Jubilee is scheduled to debut Dec. 23 at the Port of Galveston, its year-round home.