Princess is upgrading their existing OceanMedallion technology to be compatible with new touchless technology in an ongoing effort to retrofit their ships to be more COVID safe. The cruise line is introducing a number of new pieces of tech that dramatically reduce the need to touch things onboard. This will obviously cut down on the spread of germs on their ships, hopefully reducing the possibility for the coronavirus to spread between passengers.
The Princess OceanMedallion
The OceanMedallion is an ingenious piece of technology that Princess created to help facilitate a more seamless cruising experience for their guests. It is a small, wearable item that contains personal information about whoever it belongs to. This allows guests to locate the people they are traveling with and order food more quickly, alongside a number of other conveniences. Because the technology already exists, it will be easy to add in a number of new experiences that allow for it to be used for COVID safety.
Connected with the app
The OceanMedallion app will be used to help reduce the amount of times Princess guests need to touch any onboard surfaces. Travelers will upload important documents, complete payments, take security photos, and more on the app, allowing them to board the ship without any sort of contact with surfaces and other travelers involved. The app will also feature a safety video that will inform guests about new protocols. This will allow them to learn on their own time and avoid meeting up with larger groups to be educated on safety.
One of the coolest new things that the OceanMedallion will allow for is touchless entry into staterooms. Rooms will now recognize guests as they approach, allowing them to enter without even touching the door handle. Guests can also request privacy in their rooms by using the app. Ships (alongside the Princess Cays) will also be compatible with something called MedallionPay, where guests no longer need to have credit cards or cash. Their OceanMedallions will allow them to pay without touching anything, as their payment info will be incorporated into the medallions. Finally, ships will also be rolling out the ability to order food and other items directly to a guest’s location using the OceanMedallion.
It’s clear that cruise lines need to think outside of the box in order to become more safe, so it’s great to see Princess doing exactly that. We’re excited to see what other conveniences the OceanMedallion technology brings as it develops further!