When Princess Cruises returns to service in 2021 its global fleet will feature the MedallionClass Experience, offering a number of new features that leverage touchless technologies and significantly enhance and personalize the guest experience, as well as support new health protocols.

The line of smart ships is expanding as ship transformation has continued during the pause. Coral PrincessDiamond PrincessEmerald PrincessGrand PrincessIsland PrincessMajestic Princess, and Sapphire Princess will return as MedallionClass ships along with Enchanted Princess.

The cruise line’s OceanMedallion wearable device replaces the traditional cruise card and pairs with embedded IoT (“Internet of things”) driven innovative technology to significantly expand touch-free options and personalization on board Princess MedallionClass ships including:

  • touchless embarkation and disembarkation
  • keyless stateroom entry
  • completely contactless commerce
  • simplified safety training
  • on-demand food, beverages and retail items delivered anywhere on board
  • guest service requests via mobile device chat
  • location-based gaming and wagering
  • entertainment content via smart devices

MedallionClass ships also offer MedallionNet WiFi, so guests can stay connected to the things and people they love and share vacation memories with ease. MedallionNet  offers connectivity that’s fast, unlimited and affordable, so guests can stream favorite movies, shows, games and music; connect to favorite social media sites; and video chat from anywhere on the ship.

“Innovation is allowing us to pair guidance from public health experts with the unparalleled touch-free capabilities of the OceanMedallion honoring our commitment to health and safety, while continuing to reinvent and simplify the experience all together,” said Jan Swartz, president of Princess Cruises, in a statement. “During this down-time we’ve worked behind the scenes to re-engineer our operation to give guests maximum control of their cruise vacation, as well as to activate the Princess MedallionClass Experience on all of our ships.”

OceanMedallion connects guests and crew to an experiential “IoT” platform through a network of sensors and readers that help recognize individuals in locations throughout the ship, facilitating touchless capabilities that include highly-personalized service and interactive entertainment, while also reducing contact between guests and crew on board and in ports.

“The same technology we’ve used to simplify and personalize the guest experience on our Princess MedallionClass ships for the past three years is now being further leveraged to safeguard our guests and crew as well,” said John Padgett, chief experience and innovation officer for Carnival Corporation, in a statement. “That means that the smartest ships at sea are now enabling intelligence-driven safety processes via the OceanMedallion.”

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