According to Carnival Corporation, and announced at CES in Las Vegas this week, the future of cruising will be as easy as a wave of your wrist.
Coming this year, Wearable technology — basically a virtual concierge that can do everything from delivering food to any part of the ship to suggesting and booking shore excursions — called the Ocean Medallion will come to the Carnival Corporation fleet in 2017.
So what it the Ocean Medallion and how does it work?
It starts with the medallion itself, a small disk that will be sent to every passenger before he or she leaves home. Tiny in size and massive in it’s ability, the 1.8-ounce Ocean Medallion is the shape of a quarter and stores the information that travelers provide — not just online before the trip but also in real time as the device is powered through another creation, the company’s Ocean Compass digital concierge. You can wear the Medallion around your wrist (like an Apple Watch), around your neck (like a pendant) or just carry it in your pocket.
So basically the cruise line will track you the entire time you are on the ship. The benefits of the Ocean Medallion will include the ability to location family and friends on the shop, easier ways to access dining and entertainment and streamlined embarkation and debarkation.
Princess Cruises will be the first of the Carnival Corp, family of cruise lines to offer the Ocean Medallion.
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