But as humans are, the demand for marine communications services has only grown over the years.
Cruise lines have responded with several attempts to offer internet services.
Especially Royal Caribbean
( has advertised its Voom service as the “fastest internet at sea.” As Daniel Kline, editor-in-chief of TheStreet.com noted earlier this year, “That may be true, but it’s a bit like saying ‘this is the best cafeteria pizza in high school’.” RCL)
Royal Caribbean offers two packages of Voom Surf, for about $18 a day (this varies by ship and voyage), basic email checking and text messaging, and Voom Surf & Stream, for about $24 a day, which is available 24 hours a day. day promises access to emails, the web, and messaging apps, as well as video streaming and real-time social media and video calling.
But while those offers promise a lot, they’re hit and miss, depending on factors such as the ship’s location and how many passengers use the service.
Testing a new service
Earlier this year, however, Royal Caribbean launched a test on its Freedom of the Seas ship of a new service that uses Elon Musk’s Starlink system of low-Earth orbit satellites. At the time, Brandon of the Weekend Cruiser said the service offered the promise of a sixfold increase in speed and virtually no dead zones.
It now appears that Royal Caribbean has completed testing and has decided to move ahead quickly with a full rollout of the service on all of its ships. This comes after the company received approval from the Federal Communications Commission last month to install the receivers on its ships.
In a press release Tuesday, the company said that SapceX’s broadband internet service will be installed on all ships of Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Silversea Cruises, along with all new ships for each of the brands.
The company said it plans to begin implementation immediately, “taking advantage of the insights gained from the trial aboard Freedom of the Seas, which has received tremendously positive feedback from guests and crew.”
Royal Caribbean said that “installation is expected to be completed by the end of the first quarter of 2023.”
In a statement, Jason Liberty, president and chief executive officer of Royal Caribbean Group, said: “This technology will provide groundbreaking internet connectivity onboard our ships, enhancing the cruise experience for both guests and crew. .” Liberty said the move is “the largest public implementation of Starlink’s high-speed internet in the travel industry to date.”
The company has not yet released any details about pricing and packages it plans to offer.