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The world’s largest cruise company, Carnival Corporation, announced Tuesday that all of its ships are now set up for internet service via SpaceX’s Starlink.

Carnival said in a press release that the completed installation of the satellite technology “enhances” the experience of guests and crew alike on its global fleet of 90-plus ships that visit more than 800 ports worldwide, offering “een faster service, greater capacity, and more reliable Wi-Fi.”

The upgrade is expected to be on par with typical “on-land” connections, making it seem as though guests aren’t even at sea, allowing people on board to share pictures, stream video, and even work remotely.

“Starlink has been a game-changer for the onboard connectivity experience our cruise lines deliver to their guests, and we’ve already seen a surge in guest satisfaction and positive feedback from the super-fast and reliable Wi-Fi service we provide onboard,” Josh Weinstein, CEO of Carnival Corporation, said in a statement.

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Carnival Ecstasy cruise ship

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SpaceX CEO Elon Musk shared the news and his enthusiasm on his X social media platform, retweeted a post about the Carnival announcement and simply saying, “Cool.” 

Internet plans for Carnival cruises range from $15.30 per person, per day to $19.55 per person per day, according to its website. Guests save up to 15% when booked prior to sailing versus onboard pricing. 

Carnival began the tech upgrades to Starlink in December 2022. The company did not immediately respond to a FOX Business inquiry about how much the new technology cost, and whether that cost will be passed on to cruisers. 

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Starlink high-performance kit

 

“We see this technology as a win-win-win – it provides our guests with more flexibility to stay as connected as they’d like on vacation, it allows our crew to stay in touch with friends and loved ones, and it enhances our onboard operational systems,” Weinstein said. 

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