As someone who is used to writing technology, I am very fascinated by the booming cruise industry, which often involves transportation and tourism.
Technology is turning these floating hotels into smart cities.
When I heard Luca Pronzati, chief business innovation officer, MSC Cruises, describe the new generation of ships on that route as "like smart connected cities," but as the complexity of life at sea increases ", I can't refuse an invitation to check this for myself.
Granted, I'm nervous.
I am worried about getting on the bus, getting off the bus and finding the way around 4,500.
Passenger ship and everything in the middle.
I waved goodbye to my husband and children and flew to Barcelona for the towering MSC Meraviglia cruise terminal waiting for adosado.
Once on board, it doesn't take too long to figure out how the MSC for Me app, public interactive screen, cabin TV and wearable bracelet were first launched on Meraviglia, all work together to simplify and improve life on board.
These are the main ways I can see technical help --
Time cruiser at sea.
Boarding can be long and confusing-even for the first time-but technology simplifies the boarding process.
On many vessels, such as MSC Meraviglia, all documents, such as uploading photos and receiving digital boarding information, can be done through online checks --in.
You can also start booking tours and other activities before sailing.
Royal Caribbean also offers a new Smart Check
In the system so you can avoid checking
In counters and queues. Carnival’s pre-
Cruise service allows you to register all details before departure, from passport vouchers to food preferences, you will receive a wearable Marine Medal (
The size of the coin, which can be worn as a bracelet or necklace)in advance.
Marine Medal (
And partner Ocean Compass app)
Launched in November 2017 by Princess cruises's Regal Princess.
Experienced cruisers know how they will carry their cruise ID (
It is essential to get on and off)and room key (same card)
Some people hang a lanyard around their necks, while others may be plump for a discreet money belt.
But some cruise companies have invested millions of dollars in development.
Wearable technology that completely solves the problem.
Royal Caribbean band ($4. 99/£3.
70 or free depending on the vessel and Travel Category)
Looks like a strap, but open your Hatch with RF technology.
You can use Carnival's wearable Marine Medal (
Free for all guests)
Order food, beverages and retail items on demand using the Ocean Compass app.
It will also open your Hatch as you approach.
MSC interactive wristband for me prepared by MSC cruises [
Below, the far right)
Provide 130 smart features using the app, including digital methods
Viewfinder and quick booking service. On a 13-decks-
Plus the boat, it's not as difficult to find the road around you as you think.
Interactive maps become easier to use than expected due to the digital way
Finder on MSC for Me app.
Just indicate where you want to go and the map shows how to get there from your current location.
The Marine badge also offers smart navigation, similar to a car or mobile GPS app, as well as Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruises (NCL)
Interactive digital signage is available on board.
Some AIDA Cruises and Costa Cruises have A fairly future option, A robot called Pepper that provides information for guests, including how to get from A to B.
My MSC and other smartphone applications (MSC Cruises)
Sea compass (
Carnival Company, iConcierge (NCL)and Royal iQ (Royal Caribbean)
Allow you to book dinner from anywhere on board. Some hi-
Tech ships also have tablet sites and interactive screens for personal bookings.
With 114 interactive screens, MSC Meraviglia can book dinner and other events such as theaters or spas with just a few mouse clicks.
These will then automatically appear on your personal agenda.
Experience your first cruise can be a unique and uplifting experience.
However, there are thousands of people on board and you may appreciate the odd dates of your Netflix account.
For a long time, the connection at sea was slow, incomplete and expensive, but the tide was turning.
However, if you do want to stream on board, use data using unrestricted packages to avoid generating huge bills.
The best option on Royal Caribbean ships is Voom (
Surf and stream package: $17. 99/£13.
50 units per day per device);
Xcelerate for Celebrity Cruises provides a high enough streaming movie Speed (
Four people $143/107 per personto six-day cruise);
On the Carnival Boat
Data activities can be accessed through advanced transactions ($25/18 per day).
Carnival is about to launch MedallionNet (
Prices not currently available)
It says it will be the fastest internet connection at sea and will provide cabin coverage everywhere.
As they say, "something strange happened at sea", which could be the idea that parents are worried about on a cruise ship.
However, with the wearable bracelet from MSC cruises, you can monitor your child in real time
Time, always know where they are.
Children's bracelets interact with thousands of sensors on board so you can locate your child in any public area on board (
Cabin not included)in seconds.
The carnival Marine Memorial can also help parents keep an eye on their children's whereabouts.
Life on board
Tech boat means you don't have to worry about losing your wallet and will bring more peace of mind first --time cruisers.
Interactive bracelet with MSC (
Or cruise card)
You can pay all the fees, starting at 100 of the shopping session-
It's only one metre high from your dinner.
Wearable technology means that employees can quickly understand your identity and your first language, adding luster to customer service.
Design of the Marine Medal (
Can link to any number of credit cards)
Will make payment very easy.
Not only will you be able to order drinks, instant delivery anywhere you sit (
"Here and Now" service)
, But you can also ask for some at any event later, you may have already booked (“There & Then”).
Medallion automatically triggers the payment process on the attendant system.
For me, MSC and the Marine Medal are really important in personalizing the cruise experience for passengers.
Carnival's new system is designed to align with everything you actually do
Time, even if this is the opposite of what you originally specified.
For example, if you ask for exercise advice, but actually spend more time watching the show, these suggestions will be relevant to what you are doing, not what you plan to do on board.
Personalized recommendation (
For example, which bottle of wine to try)
MSC Meraviglia will be provided soontoo-
This is a distant future as part of the digital concierge service.
There are a variety of children's activities on MSC Meraviglia, from sports to PlayStation games, but cutting
Edge technology is also used to motivate and entertain technology.
With the HP Sprout, scanner and 3D printer, you can enjoy modern art and crafts. Here children (around 7-12 years old)
You can design your own work in your computer and then print the 3D version to take home.
Older children (usually 10-plus)
The point is to help them share the technology instead of isolating themselves on their smartphones.
Interactive multimedia tables similar to the iPad can help them interact: sending messages and sharing music are the two most popular activities.
Since the cost of connecting at sea now is more reasonable than ever, it should be easy to share the details and images of the cruise with family and friends.
On MSC Meraviglia, you can share images instantly on social media (Wi-
The Fi package starts at 4 euros. 90/£4. 30 per day)
, But there is also a photo gallery where you can find professional photos taken during the cruise (
The cost of the photo package is different).
Carnival's Ocean Compass has the Constellation series, bringing all
View, share and buy photos together.
The days when cruise passengers feel disconnected from the rest of the world at sea have passed, which is good news for the first time --
There may not be a sea leg timer yet.
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