Cunard and P&O UK improve Wi-Fi connectivity with SpaceX's Starlink

   September 18, 2023 ,   Cruise Industry

Carnival Corporation's UK-based subsidiaries Cunard Line and P&O Cruises UK have unveiled plans to enhance Wi-Fi connectivity fleetwide through a partnership with SpaceX's Starlink technology. The primary objective of this collaboration is to deliver reliable, high-speed internet access to both passengers and crew members on board their ships.

Cunard initiated the integration of Starlink in June 2023, with intentions to implement the service across Queen Victoria, Queen Elizabeth, and Queen Mary 2 by year-end. The newbuild Queen Anne (debuting in May 2024) will also feature this technology.

P&O UK, on the other hand, has already introduced Starlink on its liners Britannia and Azura, with plans to make it available on the Arvia, Iona, Ventura, Arcadia, and Aurora by the year-end.

Paul Ludlow (Carnival UK's President) emphasized the importance of staying connected while on vacation:

"Sharing unforgettable moments with friends and family back at home is an important part of any holiday. 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."

Jonathan Hofeller (Vice President of Commercial Sales at Starlink) underscored the significance of this collaboration, highlighting the essential role high-speed internet plays in modern life, whether at home or while traveling. He expressed excitement about the benefits that Cunard passengers and crew will enjoy with improved Wi-Fi service, regardless of their voyage's destination.

By integrating Starlink technology, Cunard and P&O UK are taking a substantial step forward in meeting the connectivity demands of contemporary travelers. Passengers can anticipate seamless sharing of cruise experiences, easy access to their preferred content, and staying in touch with the outside world while relishing the luxury of life at sea. This partnership signals a promising future for cruise connectivity.