SES will be providing high-speed satellite-based connectivity services to the newest landmark ship of a leading family cruise line. The cruise line’s existing fleet will also transition its connectivity to SES’s second-generation medium earth orbit (MEO) system O3b mPOWER, along with installing the service within its newbuild program.
The high-performance connectivity service onboard will first be available via SES’s O3b Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) constellation and will subsequently migrate and expand to SES’s O3b mPOWER communication system. This connectivity will be augmented by SES’s geostationary satellite fleet and ground-based infrastructure to provide high-bandwidth redundancy and unparalleled reliability throughout the voyage.
The new agreement will help enable a seamless and hassle-free internet connectivity experience for guests who can unwind in complete luxury without worrying about their families consuming large amounts of data at considerable expense. Passengers can purchase new unlimited Internet access plans by leveraging SES’s O3b mPOWER network and thus enjoy unmatched connectivity while cruising.
The low-latency connectivity network which will be delivered by SES’s O3b mPOWER system is also set to enable innovative connected technologies, including a first-of-its-kind immersive augmented reality experience for guests. It will also power wearable technology for families, which will provide children secure and safe access to amazing experiences while parents recline at the pool.
Simon Maher, Vice President of Global Sales, Cruise Maritime Services at SES, said, “SES is privileged to be selected as the most innovative technology connectivity partner for both the transition of the current fleet of cruise ships from the legacy provider to SES but also supporting the cruise line’s fleet expansion plans. We are passionate about amazing, innovative experiences that push the boundaries of what people think is possible. As the only company to operate a commercially successful medium earth orbit constellations at unmatched scale, SES is uniquely positioned to offer the most reliable, best-performing high-speed connectivity at sea that helps make incredible and innovative experiences a reality.”