Royal Caribbean partners with SpaceX’s Starlink for onboard internet

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

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

The partnership is an effort to combat historically bad internet connectivity when cruise ships are at sea. The technology will be deployed across all Royal Caribbean-owned cruises beginning immediately, with installation scheduled to be completed early next year.

“This technology will provide game-changing internet connectivity onboard our ships,” Royal Caribbean CEO Jason Liberty said in a press release. “It will improve and enable more high-bandwidth activities like video streaming as well as activities like video calls.”

Jonathan Hofeller, SpaceX’s vice president of Starlink Commercial Sales, said in a statement 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 envisions will deliver high-speed internet anywhere on the planet. The company has launched about 2,700 satellites to date.