SANTA CLARITA — Carnival Corporation’s Ocean Medallion is gaining steam across its fleet, with the announcement that the wearable device will soon be available on Princess Cruises’ Island Princess.
The Island Princess will be the fourth cruise ship to feature the Ocean Medallion, rolling it out on May 16, 2018 for its Alaska season. It joins three other cruise ships scheduled to debut Medallion Class Ocean Vacations: Regal Princess on Nov. 13, 2017, followed by Royal Princess and Caribbean Princess in early 2018.
Island Princess’ Medallion Class Alaska cruise will set sail on the top-rated ‘Voyage of the Glaciers’ seven-day itinerary between Vancouver and Anchorage, with a trip to the state’s best glacial waters including Glacier Bay National Park.
“As the leading cruise line in Alaska, it’s fitting that our fourth ship to feature Medallion Class Ocean Vacations is Island Princess,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises’ president. “Sailing on our most popular ‘Voyage of the Glaciers’ itinerary, our guests will enjoy the best Alaska has to offer and enjoy an elevated cruise vacation experience – connecting each other and the extraordinary people and culture of the ‘Great Land’ in a more memorable way.”
Ocean Medallion was first unveiled by Carnival Corporation’s CEO Arnold Donald during his opening keynote address last month at CES 2017. It has no discernible technology, no on-off switch, no charging or menu to navigate, and can be worn as a pendant, on a wristband, in a clip or simply placed in a pocket to reveal enhanced services and personalized experiences.
In addition to stateroom access and onboard purchases, the Ocean Medallion will also enable passengers to locate friends and family around the ship, deliver enhanced dining experiences based on personal preferences, and power an array of entertainment and interactive gaming.
Pairing with the Ocean Medallion is the Ocean Compass, a digital concierge accessible by all guests using interactive displays throughout the ship, on stateroom TVs, via guests’ own smart devices or through a crew member. For example, guests can make reservations at the Lotus Spa, arrange celebrations and learn about the destinations they will be visiting.