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Royal Caribbean partners with SpaceX’s Starlink for onboard web

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Royal Caribbean International’s Anthem of the Seas cruise ship calls at Greenock port on July 22, 2021 in Greenock, Scotland.

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Royal Caribbean Cruises will begin offering onboard web via SpaceX’s Starlink satellite network, the cruise line company announced Tuesday.

The partnership is an effort to combat historically bad web connectivity when cruise ships are at sea. The technology might be deployed across all Royal Caribbean-owned cruises starting immediately, with installation scheduled to be accomplished early next yr.

“This technology will provide game-changing web connectivity onboard our ships,” Royal Caribbean CEO Jason Liberty said in a press release. “It would improve and enable more high-bandwidth activities like video streaming in addition to activities like video calls.”

Jonathan Hofeller, SpaceX’s vice chairman of Starlink Industrial Sales, said in an announcement the corporate’s web service will make Royal Caribbean cruises “much more luxurious.”

Starlink is an interconnected web network of hundreds of satellites in low Earth orbit that SpaceX envisions will deliver high-speed web anywhere on the planet. The corporate has launched about 2,700 satellites to this point.

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