On January 12, Chinese cruise ship brand CSSC Carnival Cruise Shipping announced that they would deliver the world’s first 5G network-enabled cruise ship to China by 2023 end. The vessel will be part of Adora Cruises’ fleet.
China Telecom has partnered with them to build this cruise ship equipped with a 5G mobile network and Wi-Fi6, which will give the passengers a seamless network on the sea.
CSSC Carnival Cruise Shipping’s Managing Director Chen Ranfeng underlined that they are setting the benchmark in maritime digital communication and have seized the first mover advantage with this deal.
A China Telecom spokesperson Gong Bo from their Shanghai office has reiterated their commitment to a high-definition digital system and network communication by combining satellite technology and 5G.
This will boost the tourism economy towards high-quality developments.
Adora Crusies’ first cruise ship has been constructed, and the 135500 gross tonnage ship is ready for service with its 2125 guest rooms which can accommodate 5246 passengers.
Guests can expect an internet speed of 1000 Mbps, a substantial improvement from SpaceX-enabled maritime internet speed of 100-300 Mbps.
The cruise line has said its roadmap is to integrate high-speed satellite communication with digital applications on ships and expand the onboard network coverage.
On November 29, 2022, CSSC Carnival Cruise Shipping tweeted that they are launching a new cruise line in China called Adora Cruises.
The company is a joint venture of Carnival Corporation and CSSC (Hong Kong) shipping, the largest shipbuilding company in the world.
References: China Daily, CGTN, Cruise Hive