Royal Caribbean Leaves Other Cruise Lines’ Internet in Its Wake

26 August 2015

Simon Maher, VP Enterprise, O3b Networks

In the past, stepping onto a cruise meant forgoing the connectivity and high-speed internet of land while sailing hundreds of miles at sea. Guests could still stay connected, but through unreliable, sluggish internet that made connecting with friends and family, staying up-to-date on work or streaming entertainment all but impossible. The latency and throughput of past satellite services resulted in connectivity that was costly and frustrating, like stepping back in time.

By using O3bMaritime technology, Royal Caribbean has released its new high-speed WiFi service, VOOM, which will revolutionize the speed of internet that guests & crew experience while cruising. The VOOM service is now launched on Royal Caribbean’s ships Quantum of the Seas, Anthem of the Seas, Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas. Royal Caribbean also plans to launch VOOM on its next new builds ships, Ovation of the Seas and Harmony of the Seas schedule for launch in early 2016. Guests can pre-purchase the VOOM service through Royal Caribbean’s cruise planner for the first time.

O3bMaritime uses Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) satellites to offer game changing low latency broadband experience while at sea. Guests and crew now have access to higher data rates and lower latency than ever before while sailing though some of the most remote areas of the globe. The speedy connectivity will allow thousands of guests to surf, stream and share faster than ever before. Access to this level of broadband is unprecedented on ships.

Royal Caribbean is looking to deploy the VOOM service on additional Caribbean itineraries ships by mid-2016.

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