Princess Cruises has announced that its high-speed onboard WiFi, MedallionNet, will be available on ten of its ships – more than half the line’s fleet – by the end of 2019.
- The UK-based 3,080-guest Crown Princess on June 30 during a summer of departures from Southampton across the British Isles
- 3,080-guest Emerald Princess on August 3 as it sails the Mediterranean with departures from Rome, Athens and Barcelona
- 2,600-guest Golden Princess on December 20 as she departs on a variety of voyages in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific
- 2,000-guest Coral Princess on April 5 and 2,200-guest Island Princess on May 15 during their respective Alaska seasons
- The newest addition to the fleet, 3,660-guest Sky Princess will begin service in October fully Medallion-activated
MedallionNet will offer land-like connection speeds
Tony Roberts, vice president Princess Cruises UK & Europe, said:
“The expansion of MedallionNet to a further six ships means that more guests than ever before can experience land-like connection speeds from anywhere on the ship. MedallionNet is a huge step forward for WiFi at sea and offers guests fast, affordable, reliable and unlimited connectivity at sea.
“Guests now have the option to stay connected whenever and wherever they are. MedallionNet gives them the option to stream, video chat and connect as much or as little as they’d like, making it quicker and easier to keep in touch with friends and family back home and share those once-in-a-lifetime holiday experiences without sacrificing time at sea or ashore.”
Dates for MedallionNet to go live on the remaining seven ships in the Princess fleet will be confirmed in due course.
Ocean Medallion is coming to three more ships
Princess has also announced the dates when three more of its ships will be fully Ocean Medallion-activated in 2019. They are Royal Princess on April 13, Crown Princess on July 24 and the newest ship in the fleet, Sky Princess, when it launches in the Mediterranean on October 20.
The Medallion is the same size as a 10p piece, is fully-automated and has no visible technology such as an on-off switch or charging function. It offers a number of guest benefits including:
- A streamlined embarkation and disembarkation process, meaning guests can get on and off the ship more easily, allowing them to make the most of time onboard and ashore
- Keyless stateroom access meaning guests no longer need a keycard
- Enhanced and personalised service from crew members as crew can see guest’s individual food and drink preferences, loyalty level and other information and offer a more personal interaction
- OceanNow allows guests to order food and drink from their mobile phone or smart device wherever they are on the ship, whilst the Ocean Medallion tells crew exactly where they are located
- OceanCompass, which is available on guests’ phone or tablet and on portals throughout the ship, works alongside the Ocean Medallion to allow people to easily locate friends, family and their children, as well as finding their way to a variety of facilities and venues located around the ship
- Easy payment for drinks, shore excursions and other onboard services
- JourneyView offers guests an interactive timeline via portals throughout the ship and on their phone or tablet, allowing them to view their real-time itinerary, along with events and activities taking place during their cruise
- Interactive games that can be played on portals across the vessel and the top deck ‘Movies Under The Stars’ screen, including trivia challenges and a ship-wide digital scavenger hunt
Princess Cruises is offering a 7-night Mediterranean sailing on Emerald Princess, from £599 per person. Departing August 10, 2019 and sailing from Barcelona to Rome, ports of call include Gibraltar, Marseille, Genoa and Florence/Pisa (Livorno).
For more information or to book visit www.princess.com, speak to your local travel agent or call 0344 338 8663.