Costa Cruises, a renowned brand under the Carnival Corporation, has recently unveiled a groundbreaking addition to its onboard services—the integration of SpaceX's Starlink satellite internet on its newest vessel, the ‘Costa Toscana’. The Starlink internet system utilizes Low Earth Orbit satellite technology, providing guests on the seven-day itineraries cruising to the Western Mediterranean with reliable high-speed internet. As of today, SpaceX operates a broadband constellation of approximately 4,400 Starlink satellites in orbit that are capable of beaming data to Earth’s most remote locations. It is what makes the service ideal for sea-going vessels.
The Costa Toscana is currently sailing the Mediterranean, offering exhilarating itineraries with stops in France, Spain, and Italy. The massive ship can accommodate 6,730 guests or 5,224 long-duration cruise passengers, solidifying its place as one of the world's top 10 largest cruise ships.
Starlink's internet services will gradually be rolled out across the entire Costa cruise ship fleet. Following the ‘Costa Toscana’, the ‘Costa Smeralda’ ship will be next in line. The company plans to complete Starlink hardware installation on all ships by December 2023. “Costa remains committed to embracing innovative solutions that enhance the onboard services and exceed guest and crew expectations. Thanks to the revolutionary capabilities of Starlink low orbit satellites, our ships will have access to high-speed, reliable internet connectivity like never before,” said Giuseppe Carino, VP Guest Experience & Onboard Revenues of Costa Cruises.
“Our goal is to transform the way our ships operate, delivering an even better experience to our guests and crew, through a combination of different technologies, services and broadband connections,” stated Carino in a press release this week.
Carnival Corporation has been tripling its bandwidth on its ships in an effort to combat Wi-Fi issues at sea. The addition of Starlink Internet to its brand of ships has received an overwhelmingly positive response from passengers. Subsequently, numerous Carnival ships, including Mardi Gras, Carnival Celebration, Carnival Venezia, Carnival Panorama, Carnival Magic, Carnival Vista, Carnival Elation, Carnival Sunrise, Carnival Pride, Carnival Valor, and Carnival Sunshine, have made the switch to Starlink Internet. AIDA Cruises will also join the ranks with Starlink Internet aboard every ship by October 2023.
Carnival's ongoing commitment to implementing this advanced technology extends to other brands under its umbrella, such as Princess Cruises, Seabourn, Holland America Line, P&O Cruises (Australia), P&O Cruises (UK), and Cunard. This concerted effort demonstrates Carnival Corporation's dedication to delivering an unparalleled cruising experience to its passengers, ensuring they stay connected and engaged while sailing the high seas.
SpaceX's Starlink has been introduced on board Costa Toscana, with Costa Cruises planning to roll out the enhanced Wi-Fi across the rest of its fleet by December. 🚢@Starlink @elonmusk pic.twitter.com/jRYEnSD7HD
SpaceX's Starlink has been introduced on board Costa Toscana, with Costa Cruises planning to roll out the enhanced Wi-Fi across the rest of its fleet by December. 🚢@Starlink @elonmusk pic.twitter.com/jRYEnSD7HD— Dima Zeniuk (@DimaZeniuk) July 18, 2023
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