Carnival is joining Royal Caribbean in offering Starlink's space-based internet service on its ships, starting with the Carnival and Aida brands. Royal Caribbean had already announced plans to have it in place on its fleet by the end of 2023.
The system, based on using hundreds of satellites in low earth orbits, is expected to provide a cheaper and more reliable at-sea service for the increasing numbers of cruisers who don't want to disconnect as they sail.
But, it won't provide an especially economical solution for passengers; unlike airlines such as Alaska that are making Starlink available free, the cruise companies will charge for use. Neither cruise line has said what it will charge, but Carnival recently increased its internet prices, charging $12.75 to $18.70 per day