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P&O Cruises and Cunard latest to roll out SpaceX’s Starlink

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P&O Cruises fleet roll-out of Starlink will be completed by year-end.
P&O Cruises and Cunard are improving Wi-Fi connectivity and bandwidth across the fleet with the roll out of SpaceX’s Starlink.

Starlink, the leader in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite technology will provide greater capacity across P&O Cruises and Cunard ships, allowing for photo and video sharing, streaming films and other content at faster speeds.

The roll-out began in June, with the service due to be available in both public spaces and cabins on Cunard ships Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth by the end of 2023. Cunard’s newest ship, Queen Anne will launch with the service in May 2024.

P&O roll-out

P&O Cruises' Britannia and Azura have introduced Starlink to the public spaces, and it will be available in both public spaces and cabins on Arvia, Iona, Ventura, Arcadia and Aurora by the end of 2023.

Carnival UK and P&O Cruises President Paul Ludlow said: ‘Whether it’s uploading a picture of a sunset as you sail away from a newly discovered destination or catching up with the news, live events or content from home, Starlink will make it even easier for our guests and colleagues to stay connected.’

Starlink VP Commercial Sales Jonathan Hofeller said: ‘High-speed internet is critical to our modern lifestyle both at home and when travelling.’

Global deal with Carnival Corp.

In January this year, Carnival Corp. & plc signed an agreement with SpaceX's Starlink for enhanced Wi-Fi capacity on a global scale. AIDA, Carnival Cruise Line, Costa, Holland America Line and Seabourn have already started or completed installations across their fleets.

Seatrade Cruise News counts 11 other brands beyond Carnival Corp. & plc which have signed deals with Starlink this year.