Princess Cruises has announced that three more of its ships, Royal Princess, Crown Princess and Sky Princess will be fully Princess Medallion-activated by October, bringing the total number of Medallion ships in the fleet to five.
The three newly-announced ships will join the 3,140-guest Caribbean Princess and 3,560-guest Regal Princess (cruising from Dubai next year), which are already Medallion-enabled.
“Having recently travelled on Caribbean Princess, I can say first-hand that guests are finding their holidays enhanced with Princess Medallion as a new and memorable experience,” said Tony Roberts, Vice President, Princess Cruises UK and Europe. “This will include everyone who sails with us to the Caribbean this autumn and winter.”
The Medallion will be available on the 3,560-guest Royal Princess from April as she departs for her maiden Alaska season, and the 3,080-guest Crown Princess from July as she sails the British Isles from Southampton.
The 3,660-guest Sky Princess, which will enter service in October, will be Medallion-ready when she embarks on her maiden season in the Mediterranean before heading to the Caribbean.
Her repositioning to the Caribbean will mean all of Princess’ Caribbean-based ships will have full Medallion services from this Autumn.
“Starting in April, we will continue the expansion to a total of five Princess Medallion ships expected this year, as we continue on our path to fleet-wide activation,” said Roberts. “We look forward to bringing the experience to new groups for the first time, such as those sailing to destinations in Alaska and Mexico.”
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. Its features include a streamlined embarkation and disembarkation process, keyless stateroom access, OceanCompass, which provides interactive directions throughout the ship, and on-demand beverage delivery, whereby guests will be able to order drinks and have them delivered directly throughout the ship and to their stateroom.
In addition, the Medallion enables more personalised interaction with crew members and other guests as staff can see guest’s individual food and beverage preferences. Guests are also able to easily locate friends, family and their children and use the Medallions to pay for merchandise, drinks, shore excursions and other onboard services.