MSC Cruises equips fleet with Starlink

MSC Cruises equips fleet with Starlink

February 28, 2024 -MSC Cruises is equipping its entire fleet with SpaceX's Starlink Internet by May 2024 to provide fast Internet speeds, improved Wi-Fi in cabins and public areas, and lower operating costs, with two-thirds of ships already equipped and dedicated Internet packages for are offered to guests.

MSC Cruises, the renowned Swiss shipping company, has announced a major technology initiative to revolutionize the internet experience on board its fleet. Through the partnership with SpaceX, Starlink internet will be available on two-thirds of their ships immediately, with plans to equip the entire fleet by May 2024.

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Faster connections and better availability

Starlink, known for its "Low Earth Orbit" technology, enables the ships of MSC Cruises Access to fast internet speeds and improved WiFi in cabins and public areas. This upgrade promises low latency and reduced operating costs, which has already been achieved on 15 of the 22 ships in the fleet. MSC Magnifica became the first ship to benefit from this advanced technology in December 2022.

Adaptation to future requirements

The decision to use Starlink follows the observed trend of increasing bandwidth consumption on board, due to the increase in the number of logged-in devices and the use of various apps by guests. This development highlights the need to expand capacity to meet future needs.

Current and future equipment

Ships already equipped with Starlink include:

  • MSC Divina
  • MSC Euribia
  • MSC Fantasia
  • MSC Grandiosa
  • MSC Lirica
  • MSC Magnifica
  • MSC Meraviglia
  • MSC Orchestra
  • MSC Poesia
  • MSC Preziosa
  • MSC Seascape
  • MSC Seashore
  • MSC Seaside
  • MSC Seaview
  • MSC Virtuosa

Additional ships, including MSC Opera and MSC World Europa, will follow later this month. Before the 2024 summer season, they will also be MSC Armonia, MSC Bellissima, MSC Musica, MSC Sinfonia and MSC Splendida will be equipped with Starlink. Luxury sister brand Explora Journeys will also benefit from this technology, starting with the EXPLORA I.

Individual internet packages for guests

To meet the different needs of guests, MSC Cruises offers the "Browse Internet Cruise Package" and the "Browse & Stream Cruise Package". These packages are specifically tailored to the data volume and number of devices of the guests.

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