Carnival Cruise Line Is Bringing High-Speed Starlink Wi-Fi to Its Ships

Travelers will be able to stream movies, send photos, video call, and more at much higher speeds.

Courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line
Courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line
Courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line

Last summer, several major cruise lines-including Royal Caribbean-announced plans to bring SpaceX’s high-speed Wi-Fi to its own ships for an upgraded internet experience. Now, Carnival is finally implementing the Starlink technology, USA Today reports.

“For many of our guests, it has become more and more important to maintain the type of connectivity at sea that they’ve become accustomed to at home, and of course to share the unforgettable experiences of their cruise with friends and family,” Carnival Corporation CEO Josh Weinstein said in a news release. “We are in the business of delivering happiness, and Starlink makes it as easy as possible for our guests to share all their great moments and memories, giving them even more joy out of their cruise vacation.”

This isn’t just your run-of-the-mill Wi-Fi service, people. According to Carnival, it “greatly advances” the technology on board so that guests can share photos, stream movies, make video calls, and have an overall more reliable connection. Basically, it makes it easier to do all the things you want to do-like brag to your friends about your sick vacation. 

“The added bandwidth will give the brands the capabilities and flexibility to introduce new guest services and features, as well as help boost operational functions like onboard equipment monitoring and real-time communications between ship and shore teams,” Weinstein said.

While Carnival has not shared how this news will affect pricing, the cruise line did just increase its current costs. The Social internet plan now starts at $12.75 per person each day, while the Value plan is $17 and the Premium plan is $18.70. My guess is that number will spike even more once Starlink is in place…but, hey, worth it.Want more Thrillist? Follow us on InstagramTwitterPinterestYouTubeTikTok, and Snapchat.

Megan Schaltegger is a Staff Writer on the News team at Thrillist.


Mad Mex’s New Menu Item Is Inspired by a Popular Mexican Street Food

mad mex chicken al pastor

Mexican restaurant chain Mad Mex has dropped a new protein, and it’s one of the most popular street foods in Mexico.

Enter, Chicken Al Pastor. It’s traditionally made with pork and grilled on a spinning rotisserie with a pineapple sitting a top, but Mad Mex has put its own spin on it, serving chicken bathed in an Al Pastor marinade with a touch of juicy pineapple.

You can order the protein-packed filling in your favourite burrito, bowl, quesadilla, nachos, or in a taco.

As always, these things are here for a good time, not a long time. Pop into your local Mad Mex restaurant, order delivery or through the Mad Mex app today.

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