Holland America Line has begun installing Elon Musk’s Starlink wifi across its fleet of 11 ships.
The first vessel to receive the new technology from SpaceX was Koningsdam, and now Oosterdam, Volendam, Westerdam, Zaandam and Zuiderdam all have the high-speed internet on board.
The Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite technology provides high-speed internet around the world and since receiving the upgraded systems, HAL’s ships have sailed through Alaska, the Mediterranean and Canada with positive feedback.
“Our goal is to continue keeping all guests connected to the internet to share their memorable experiences, and to allow our team members to stay in touch with their loved ones back home,” said Kathleen Erickson, vice president of technology for HAL.
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Erickson was aware of the importance of staying up-to-date with evolving technology to ensure guests and crew receive the “best possible experience”.
Starlink internet is scheduled to be installed on HAL’s remaining five ships by mid-December 2023. The announcement comes after the line confirmed it will sail a full season of cruises out of Dover in summer 2025.
Last month, Cunard and P&O Cruises rolled out the technology across their fleets after Seabourn installed Starlink onboard Seabourn Venture and Seabourn Pursuit earlier this year.