Coral Expeditions installs advanced satellite & 4G WiFi connectivity fleetwide

   May 30, 2023 ,   Cruise Industry

Coral Expeditions/fleet has recently finished implementing advanced satellite and 4G broadband connectivity on its fleet of 3 ships.

This new satellite technology ensures that both guests and crew members of Coral Expeditions will have access to reliable and high-speed internet service even in remote areas.

The installation process, which spanned several months, was successfully completed in April. The fleet underwent testing in various locations such as the Kimberley coast, Scott and Ashmore Reefs, Raja Ampat and the Malukus/Spice Islands, Komodo, and Cape York.

Under the new service, all guests and crew members will receive complimentary access to standard Wi-Fi as part of their fare inclusion. Additionally, guests will have the option to purchase package upgrades that offer higher bandwidth for internet access, should they desire it.

Coral Expeditions operates more than 90 immersive nature-based expeditions annually in different regions of Australia, including the Kimberley, Tasmania, the Great Barrier Reef, and the Southern Ocean. They also offer expeditions to international destinations such as Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Japan, the Philippines, and New Zealand's fjordlands and sub-Antarctic areas.

Mark Fifield, Group General Manager said he was pleased to report that the latest investment that allowed them "to meet changing guest expectations of broadband access everywhere."

“This new system takes advantage of recent improvements in satellite technology and worldwide coverage, combining the state-of-the-art Starlink network with 4G connectivity where available.  We have replaced ship antennas, networking equipment and service providers.  Our ships are reporting access speeds faster than our office in Cairns! While marine internet access will never be 100% reliable, we are confident the new service is equal to the best on ships anywhere”.