Windstar launches high-speed Starlink Internet across its global cruise fleet

   February 14, 2023 ,   Cruise Industry

Windstar Cruises announced the launch of Starlink Maritime's high-speed broadband satellite internet capabilities fleetwide.

The company will provide guests with one of the world's most developed high-speed connections both while sailing and in port.

Windstar launched the Wi-Fi technology onboard Star Pride during a recent Caribbean sailing and intends to implement Starlink across most of its fleet by mid-2023.

Star Legend will offer the new service this spring. Next in line are Wind Surf, Wind Star, and Star Breeze. Wind Spirit is expected to activate the new technology as soon as it is available in French Polynesia.

Currently, all Windstar ships use the geostationary satellite service, Anuvu, for internet services. Starlink's addition will amplify Anuvu, delivering reliable and faster internet to guests. Starlink is the first and largest satellite constellation with a low Earth orbit that uses lasers so communication happens further away from ground-based stations.

Starlink is to be available on select Windstar voyages where the service is active - not all destinations are currently available.

Star Pride cruise ship

Gregg Wagner (Windstar's technology director) said he was thrilled to be working with Anuvu and Starlink to offer guests the latest in satellite technology.

“When the ships are inside the service area, faster speeds will alleviate much of the frustration felt at peak use times. Starlink is yet to be available worldwide, but Windstar Cruises is excited to be among the first in the cruise industry to offer this cutting-edge technology. The addition of high-speed internet service with our current geostationary satellite service will enable guests to stay connected to family and friends.”