News of the new Ocean Medallion — a coin-size accessory that will be given to all Regal Princess passengers traveling from Fort Lauderdale this November — is already making waves in the cruising industry. Likened to Disney’s wristband, the new Bluetooth device seamlessly communicates vacationers’ preferences and payment information.
The small medallion, which can be pocketed or worn as a stylish bracelet or necklace, works in tandem with an Ocean Compass app that passengers download before leaving home. Before setting sail, travelers record their cuisine, activities and service preferences. Once onboard, they can access the app through their mobile device or on touchscreens strategically placed throughout the ship for a more personalized adventure.
The technology’s advanced service possibilities only amplify the luxury of cruising. Sunbathers ready for a cocktail — but enjoying lounging too much for a walk — need only log in to the app, scroll through a short list of beverages hand-picked to match their preferences, and select their favorite for poolside delivery.
Beyond food, drink and on-board entertainment suggestions, the app matches excursion ideas to travelers’ personal interests. And when it’s time for a shore activity? From embarkation to debarkation and excursions in between, the Ocean Medallion eliminates a passenger’s need to stand in line. After booking a time to disembark, fun-seekers walk right off the ship with more time to spend exploring a new seaside town.