Cunard and P&O Cruises adopt Starlink wi-fi connectivity

Cunard and P&O Cruises have pledged improved on board wi-fi connectivity with the introduction of Elon Musk’s SpaceX Starlink satellite technology.

The Low Earth Orbit satellite system will provide greater capacity across the sister brand’s ships, allowing for sharing photos and videos, streaming films and accessing other content on board at even faster speeds.

P&O Cruises ships Britannia and Azura have introduced Starlink to the public spaces on board and it will be available in both public spaces and cabins on Arvia, Iona, Ventura, Arcadia and Aurora by the end of the year.

The service is also due to be available in both public spaces and cabins on Cunard ships Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth by the end of 2023. 

Cunard’s newest ship, Queen Anne will launch with the service in May 2024.

Carnival UK and P&O Cruises president Paul Ludlow said: “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.”

Starlink vice president of commercial sales Jonathan Hofeller said: “High-speed internet is critical to our modern lifestyle both at home and when travelling. We’re excited that P&O Cruises and Cunard guests and crew will benefit from an improved wi-fi service on board wherever they are in the world.”

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