Royal Caribbean chooses SpaceX Starlink over SES O3b, will deploy across its cruise fleet by April 2023

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — SpaceX’s Starlink broadband satellite constellation scored its first major victory against the maritime cruise industry’s dominant satcom provider, SES Networks' O3b, by signing Royal Caribbean Group to a full-fleet commitment to Starlink.

Royal Caribbean is a long-time showcase customer of SES’s O3b medium-Earth orbit constellation and has signed an agreement to upgrade to SES’s O3b mPower constellation of much-more-capable satellites, to launch starting late this year.

Now Royal Caribbean is adopting Starlink for . . .

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