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MTN agrees three new cruise deals

Pearl Mist, operated by Pearl Seas Cruises Pearl Mist, operated by Pearl Seas Cruises Pearl Seas Cruises

MTN Communications (MTN) reports that it has signed new deals with three cruise operators for its passenger, crew, corporate communications and content services.

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One of these operators is Lindblad Expeditions, a travel company that works in partnership with National Geographic and has a fleet of six ships and four seasonal charters, travelling to destinations around the world.

Lindblad has become the inaugural customer of the MTN OceanCast high-definition (HD) system for live streaming of events from maritime vessels, and has now produced its first TV broadcast near Antarctica from its ship National Geographic Explorer.

Pearl Seas Cruises has also agreed a new contract, selecting MTN as service provider for its inaugural ship, the 210 passenger Pearl Mist, which was recently launched in Baltimore.

MTN services will be used by the ship carrying passengers on tours of the Americas and the Caribbean.

The third operator is Windstar, which offers cruises to the Greek Isles, Italy, Europe, the Caribbean, Tahiti, Asia and Arabia.

The operator is renewing its ten-year relationship with MTN, including plans to use MTN services on its two newest ships, the Star Breeze and Star Legend, bringing the total fleet to six.

“MTN works hard to maintain a reputation of constantly evolving communications solutions for the most customer-centric brands sailing to remote locations around the world,” said Brent Horwitz, senior vice president and general manager, cruise and ferry services, MTN.

“We are excited to expand our partner base to serve these customers through our unmatched, global hybrid satellite and terrestrial broadband network. MTN regularly caters to luxury brands with thousands of crew and passengers per voyage.”

“We take pride in exceeding the highest possible expectations of quality service at sea and welcome these organisations to the MTN family.”


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