SpaceX’s Starlink Is Making Internet On The Oceans A Reality Thanks to a Partnership With Costa Cruises’





SpaceX began installing Starlink satellite internet access to cruise ships, announced late last year. Starlink internet access is now available on Costa Cruises’ massive cruise ship, the Costa Toscana. Guests can enjoy faster internet speeds along with a more secure and reliable connection. Starlink will also enhance communications between ships and land-locked departments.

“Costa remains committed to embracing innovative solutions that enhance the onboard services and exceed guest and crew expectations. Thanks to the revolutionary capabilities of Starlink low orbit satellites, our ships will have access to high-speed, reliable internet connectivity like never before,” said Giuseppe Carino, Vice President of Guest Experience and Onboard Revenues at Costa Cruises. “Our goal is to transform the way our ships operate, delivering an even better experience to our guests and crew, through a combination of different technologies, services, and broadband connections.” 

Cost Toscana is the first Costa Cruise ship to get Starlink access. Costa Cruise plans to connect the rest of its fleet by December of this year. Travelers can choose from different plans, including “Pay Per Minute”, “WhatsApp”, “Social”, and the “Full” package.

“High-speed, low-latency broadband internet is critical in our modern age, and we’re excited to provide Carnival Cruise Line and AIDA’s guests an internet experience that makes their travel even more enjoyable,” said Jonathan Hofeller, Vice President of Starlink sales for SpaceX.

Costa Cruise is one of Carnival Corporation’s brands. The company has already launched Starlink on some of its other cruise ships, including Mardia Gras, Carnival Celebration, Carnival Venezia, Carnival Panorama, Carnival Magic, Carnival Vista, Carnival Elation, Carnival Sunrise, Carnivale Pride, Carnival Valor, and Carnival Sunishine.

“Nearly 300 cruise ships are now set to use Starlink to keep their passengers and crews connected with high-speed internet while on rivers and at sea,” Starlink tweeted yesterday. 

More are expected to be announced as AIDA Cruises will connect their ships by October of 2023. Carnival Cruises are planning to add Starlink to more ships, such as Princess Cruises, Seabourn, Holland America Line, P&O Cruises Australia, P&O Cruises UK, and Cunard.

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