A network of thousands of space satellites owned by Elon Musk is being used to improve Wi-Fi on cruise ships.

Cunard and P&O Cruises, both part of the Carnival group, said connectivity and bandwidth will be boosted across their fleets under a deal with Starlink, operated by SpaceX.

Carnival UK president Paul Ludlow said: “Sharing unforgettable moments with friends and family back at home is an important part of any holiday.

“Whether it’s uploading a picture of a sunset as you sail away from a newly-discovered destination or catching up with the news, live events or content from home, Starlink will make it even easier for our guests and colleagues to stay connected.”

The satellites are visible as bright lights in the night sky and often line up, creating a strange-looking phenomena which has captivated the casual stargazer.

Starlink is due to be available in public spaces and cabins on Cunard ships Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth by the end of the year.

The line’s newest ship, Queen Anne, will launch with the service in May 2024.

P&O Cruises ships Britannia and Azura have already introduced Starlink to public spaces on board, and the service will be available in public spaces and cabins on Arvia, Iona, Ventura, Arcadia and Aurora by the end of 2023.

Starlink vice president of commercial sales Jonathan Hofeller said: “High-speed internet is critical to our modern lifestyle both at home and when travelling.

“We’re excited that P&O Cruises and Cunard guests and crew will benefit from an improved wifi service on board wherever they are in the world.”

The Queen Anne will have 14 decks and the capacity to hold 3,000 guests and 1,200 staff. It will become the 249th ship to sail under the Cunard flag.

Captain Inger Thorhauge said: "Right now, there’s a way to go before my new crew assembles and prepares to bring our renowned White Star Service to Queen Anne.

“It’s going to be a very hectic six months, we are counting down the days until we arrive in Southampton for the first time – and we can proudly show ourselves off to the whole world.”