British Luxury Cruise Line Cunard is Deploying Starlink
Luxury British cruise line Cunard signed a deal for SpaceX’s Starlink internet service across its fleet, the company announced Monday.
Cunard began rolling out Starlink on its fleet in June. The service will be available in public spaces on all three Cunard ships, the Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria, and Queen Elizabeth by the end of 2023. The line’s newest ship, Queen Anne, will launch with the service in May 2024.
“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,” Cunard President Katie McAlister commented.
Starlink has had a successful entry into the cruise market, landing deals with a number of cruise lines including Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean Group, American Cruise Lines and Windstar Cruises.
Last week, SES announced it will include Starlink into its offerings for cruise companies, offering a hybrid Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) and Medium-Earth Orbit (MEO) solution. SES said this offering came out of customer demand, from SES customers who also adopted Starlink. Satellite service providers including Speedcast and Marlink also integrate Starlink into their offerings.