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Recommend recently attended the opening of The Reef Family Splash Zone aboard the Caribbean Princess, which emerged from its dry dock in June with a new reimagined family space.

Located aft on deck 17, The Reef is an interactive water playground that features a splash pool, assorted water sprays and showers, as well as a whale feature that shoots a jet of water from the spout on its head like a real whale. The new area also includes a Game Zone with oversized backyard games such as Cornhole, Jenga and Connect Four. Parents can unwind near the kid-friendly bar setting and enjoy refreshing cocktails and mocktails in the newly refurbished outdoor seating area that includes a shade canopy and wind panels for all-day comfort.

“With the rise in multigenerational travel, our expanded offerings—including our newest addition to Caribbean Princess, The Reef Family Splash Zone—offer more fun for families to come together aboard our ship and reconnect,” says Denise Saviss, Princess Cruises’ v.p. of entertainment experiences. “The new splash zone offers something for everyone. Parents and grandparents can lounge in the sun or hang by the Splash Pad bar for bites and drinks, all while being able to watch their children as they swim and play with Winnie the Whale. We’re excited to debut this new space and expand our offerings for the entire family.”

The Reef Family Splash Zone is conveniently located near the newly rebranded Camp Discovery youth and teen centers, which offer new experiences and entertainment to cruisers aged 3 to 17. Princess Cruises has partnered with Discovery Inc. to create “Discovery at SEA” onboard programming that bring to life many of the destinations visited while on a cruise.

Onboard activities include Stargazing at Sea, where a Stargazing Specialist takes guests on a cosmic voyage from the top deck of the ship, identifying major constellations and learning the secrets of the stars and the folklore around them. While the indoor Voyage to the Stars Planetarium displays real-time images of constellations and planets, with commentary from Discovery at SEA’s Science Channel Ambassador Astrophysicist Dr. Hakeem Oluseyi and Kari Bryon from Mythbusters.

Caribbean Princess was the first of the Princess fleet to receive the MedallionClass Vacations technology, which is now currently available on the Regal Princess and Royal Princess, and will be expanded to six additional ships by 2020.

The OceanMedallion technology is a complimentary wearable device that enhances the guest experience with several features. Guests who arrive at the terminal with travel documents uploaded to their profile will enjoy an expedited arrival from curbside to poolside with a streamlined check-in process where guests become OceanReady before arriving at the port.

Location sensors on the wearable smart device allows guests to order drinks, food and retail items such as sunscreen and have them delivered to wherever they may be on-board, including their stateroom. The same technology also informs the device’s OceanCompass functionality, accessible on portals throughout the ship and via guest’s smart devices. As well as enabling point-to-point way finding throughout the ship, guests can also easily locate their friends and family wherever they may be on board by showing the location of their smart devices.

The MedallionClass experience also includes keyless stateroom entry where each guest is securely validated and the door automatically unlocks; an interactive voyage timeline that lets guests scroll through all the events available on-board during their voyage; and interactive game play available on portals throughout the ship and smart devices, including a digital scavenger hunt, customizable avatars and more.

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