Expanded Partnership with SES to Give Princess Cruises First Access to Ground-Breaking O3b mPOWER Satellite-Based Communications System

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. and LUXEMBOURG, Feb. three, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Princess Cruises, a foremost brand of the Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL NYSE: CUK), has introduced a new dimension in its connectivity partnership with SES (PAR/LuxSE: SESG) and will become the initially world wide cruise ship fleet with early access to SES’s ground-breaking O3b mPOWER network augmenting the Princess MedallionClassTM expertise as it scales across the fleet. 

John Padgett (left), chief experience and innovation officer for Carnival Corporation, and JP Hemingway, CEO of SES Networks.

SES is enabling world wide, higher-performance connectivity to Princess Cruises applying its hybrid medium earth orbit (MEO) and geostationary (GEO) network. The combination of the globally-deployed Princess MedallionClass ships, the Ocean Visitor Encounter “Cloud Connected” Platform and SES’s Multi-Constellations Satellite network not only makes unmatched and ubiquitous world wide Wi-Fi company levels, but makes certain seamless land/sea electronic expertise enablement together with OceanView® TV (OTT, Cellular and VOD) and is disrupting the tradition commodity satellite bandwidth model.

As the innovation lover for Princess MedallionClass, Carnival Corporation’s Worldwide Encounter and Innovation device is elevating the SES lover romance by 2023. The Premier Innovation Husband or wife position tends to make SES a totally-built-in improvement lover of Carnival Corporation’s Worldwide Encounter and Innovation device, spanning design and style, generation and shipping and delivery for video game-altering related visitor expertise innovations, specialized platform improvement, intelligence and hybrid cloud and edge compute enablement.  As a consequence, Princess MedallionClass, which is enabled by the OceanMedallionTM and powered by SES, will be the initially cruise ships to access SES’s ground-breaking O3b mPOWER satellite-centered communications system. The SES brand will also be integrated into the OceanMedallion, more symbolizing the built-in romance.

To date, the most important improvement of the partnership has been MedallionNet®, the very best WiFi at sea, which has raised the bar for visitor connectivity in the cruise sector. Since 2017, MedallionNet has been providing rapid, limitless, reputable and reasonably priced visitor connectivity completely to the Princess fleet. 

The expanded partnership acknowledges SES’s integral role in enabling the Ocean Visitor Encounter PlatformTM with actual-time xIoTTM, edge, cloud and shoreside intelligence synchronization on Princess MedalllionClass Ships. Princess MedallionClass will be totally energetic on 11 ships by the conclusion of 2020 with a new ship activated just about every sixty times. 

The video game-altering O3b mPOWER from SES will make certain that Princess MedallionClass Ships are not constrained by regular bandwidth ability ideas.  As a Premier Worldwide Encounter and Innovation lover, SES will preserve bandwidth ahead of desire with multi-Gbps ability anytime and where ever wanted.  Regardless of whether activating a new MedallionClass ship, visualizing actual-time ship electronic clones or powering digital ship/shore collaboration, bandwidth constraints under no circumstances influence innovation team access, velocity or engagement fidelity. 

Furthermore, dynamic bandwidth deployment on desire by a totally-managed, higher-performance ship access position to a shoreside conclusion-position holistically makes certain exceptional ship itineraries and specialised visitor events constantly fulfill the best company levels feasible from San Francisco to Singapore and Helsinki to Hobart.  Regardless of whether a visitor is streaming first content material by means of OceanView, positioning a wager on a massive video game with Ocean® SportsBook, participating in a enormous multi-participant video video game, streaming video from a favourite streaming company or examining household security cameras, SES’s O3b mPOWER provides dynamic bandwidth supplying Princess visitors the land-like on line performance they hope.

During 2020, Princess Cruises will host a series of events leveraging MedallionNet powered by SES to demonstrate that visitors no for a longer time will need to fear about slow web speeds and unreasonable connectivity prices. Prepared events contain:

  • February 11, a report-breaking Vow Renewal onboard the Regal Princess, Royal Princess and Crown Princess will be shared with cherished kinds about the environment throughout a enormous pre-Valentine’s Working day ceremony.
  • March 29, Grand Princess will become the initially Princess MedallionClass Ship sailing exclusive Hawaii itineraries.
  • June 15, Enchanted Princess will be a part of the MedallionClass fleet.
  • August 16, Emerald Princess will become the initially to completely transform into a MedallionClass ship even though sailing Alaskan itineraries.
  • October 20, Coral Princess start occasion from Los Angeles.
  • December 20, Island Princess transforms into a MedallionClass ship and will be the initially totally related cruise ship to sail in the Middle East in early 2021.

“The potential is now with actual methods and tested technologies delivering actual activities to floating good metropolitan areas about the globe powering a coveted expertise. SES integration into the Worldwide Encounter and Innovation team not only provides environment-foremost connectivity technologies and fueling OceanMedallion capabilities, but most importantly provides expertise that is passionate about generating incredible activities by the fusion of creativeness, tale, connectivity and media across the environment,” explained John Padgett, chief expertise and innovation officer for Carnival Corporation. “Our initially joint generation, MedallionNet, has substantially elevated the cruise expertise for our visitors and crew, but additional importantly stimulated the generation of foremost-edge, cloud-centered edge compute versions that were previously regarded as impossible.”

“The relentless concentration of the Princess Cruises and Carnival Corporation’s Worldwide Encounter and Innovation groups to make individualized, simplified and related visitor activities inspired us to press the boundaries of the connectivity norm at sea, and established a increased benchmark for related visitor activities,” explained JP Hemingway, CEO of SES Networks, the info-centric business device of SES.  “With MedallionNet, we aided produce a new and holistic model that sets an solely new regular for cruise ship connectivity about the environment. By extending and increasing our Premier Innovation Husband or wife romance, we are leveraging our unprecedented situation in multi-constellation satellite networks and regularly concentrating on delivering higher performance and pushing the envelope of what is actually feasible.”

Carnival Corporation’s proprietary Ocean Visitor Encounter Platform is powered by the OceanMedallion and enabled by SES.  The MedallionClass expertise utilizing the OceanMedallion and the Ocean Visitor Encounter Platform is exclusive to Princess Cruises and currently being leveraged to improve visitor-crew interactions and produce a higher amount of company personalization on an unprecedented scale.

The Medallion permits keyless stateroom entry, hassle-free payment, transform-by-transform shipboard wayfinding, shipmate locator and individualized itineraries speeds up embarkation facilitates on-desire expert services like purchasing food items, drinks and items powers wherever wagering and additional. MedallionClass holidays now are offered for all visitors sailing on six Princess Cruises Ships – Caribbean Princess, Crown Princess, Regal Princess, Royal Princess, Ruby Princess, and Sky Princess. 

About Princess Cruises
One of the very best-identified names in cruising, Princess Cruises is the quickest growing global high quality cruise line and tour business working a fleet of eighteen modern-day cruise ships, carrying two million visitors each and every yr to 380 destinations about the globe, together with the Caribbean, Alaska, Panama Canal, Mexican Riviera, Europe, South America, Australia/New Zealand, the South Pacific, Hawaii, Asia, Canada/New England, Antarctica and Planet Cruises. A team of expert spot experts have curated 170 itineraries, ranging in length from a few to 111 times and Princess Cruises is constantly regarded as “Most effective Cruise Line for Itineraries.” 

In 2017 Princess Cruises, with guardian business Carnival Corporation, launched MedallionClass Holidays enabled by the OceanMedallion, the vacation industry’s most innovative wearable machine, furnished free to each and every visitor sailing on a MedallionClass ship. The award-successful innovation presents the quickest way to a hassle-free, individualized vacation supplying visitors additional time to do the things they like most. MedallionClass Holidays will be activated on 11 ships by the conclusion of 2020 and go on across the world wide fleet in 2021..   

Princess Cruises continues its multi-yr, “Arrive Back New Promise” – a $450 million-greenback merchandise innovation and cruise ship renovation campaign that will go on to improve the line’s onboard visitor expertise. These enhancements consequence in additional times of awe, lifetime recollections and meaningful tales for visitors to share from their cruise vacation. The merchandise innovations contain partnerships with award-successful Chef Curtis Stone partaking enjoyment inspired displays with Broadway-legend Stephen Schwartz immersive things to do for the complete household from Discovery and Animal Earth that contain exclusive shore excursions to onboard things to do the greatest snooze at sea with the award-successful Princess Luxury Mattress and additional. 

Two new Royal-class ships are now on buy with the up coming new ship beneath building, Enchanted Princess, scheduled for shipping and delivery in June 2020 followed by Discovery Princess in November 2021. Princess previously introduced that two new (LNG) ships which will be the premier ships in the Princess fleet, accommodating close to 4,300 visitors are prepared for shipping and delivery in 2023 and 2025.  Princess now has 4 ships arriving over the up coming 5 yrs in between 2020 and 2025. The business is aspect of Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL NYSE:CUK). 

SES has a bold eyesight to produce incredible activities everywhere you go on earth by distributing the best top quality video content material and furnishing seamless connectivity about the environment. As the leader in world wide content material connectivity methods, SES operates the world’s only multi-orbit constellation of satellites with the exceptional combination of world wide coverage and higher performance, together with the commercially-tested, minimal-latency Medium Earth Orbit O3b system. By leveraging a wide and intelligent, cloud-enabled network, SES is equipped to produce higher-top quality connectivity methods wherever on land, at sea or in the air, and is a trusted lover to the world’s foremost telecommunications companies, cellular network operators, governments, connectivity and cloud service providers, broadcasters, video platform operators and content material entrepreneurs. SES’s video network carries over 8,200 channels and has an unparalleled attain of over 355 million households, delivering managed media expert services for equally linear and non-linear content material. The company is detailed on Paris and Luxembourg inventory exchanges (Ticker: SESG). More information and facts is offered at: www.ses.com.


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Princess Cruises Media Contacts: Negin Kamali, +1 661-753-1539, [email protected], or Vicki Johnson, Carnival Corporation, +1 407-340-9658, [email protected] SES Media Make contact with: Suzanne Ong, External Communications, [email protected], +352 710-725-500