This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.

From cars to sticks of deodorant, the world is a treasure trove of “smart” devices — some of them more useful than others. As we’ve become more and more accustomed to our devices doing the thinking for us, businesses in every sector — including the travel industry — are racing to keep up. After all, if there’s one time where we want our every desire to be intuited, it’s while we’re on vacation. Which makes the recent announcement of Princess Cruises’ Ocean Medallion wearable technology an exciting prospect for veteran cruisers.

Last week, at CES in Las Vegas, Carnival Corporation — Princess Cruises’ parent company — debuted its latest open seas innovation: the Ocean Medallion, a tiny wearable device that will allow passengers to have a largely hands-free experience. Created with the assistance of the tech whizzes at Nytec, the waterproof device — which can be worn as a bracelet or necklace, on your belt or simply be dropped into your pocket – works a bit like your very own butler. Confirmed passengers receive the Medallion in the mail before the cruise — it comes engraved with your name and ready to be pre-loaded with the kinds of essential data that’ll make navigating your trip a breeze. Guests can personalize their experience by inputting key information and preferences into the Ocean Compass app, which will help expedite everything from check-in to cocktail deliveries.

In addition to working as a room key and cruise ship keycard ID, by using either the app or one of the many interactive displays scattered around the ship, the Medallion can be used to do almost anything on board — make restaurant or spa reservations, arrange a shore excursion, pinpoint the whereabouts of your traveling companion(s), find your way around the ship or order a meal or some drinks to be delivered right away (or at a chosen time) to and from wherever you are or will be.

If you’re planning a cruise for this year and want to take the Ocean Medallion for a spin, you’ll have to wait until the fall; the Regal Princess’ November 13th cruise will be the first ship to debut the service, followed by the Royal Princess and Caribbean Princess ships in early 2018.

Carnival’s not the first cruise line to introduce smart wristbands. Guests of Royal Caribbean’s Quantum-class ships — Anthem of the Seas, Quantum of the Seas and Ovation of the Seas — as well as its newest and largest ship, Harmony of the Seas — have the option to purchase WOWbands for an additional $4.99 per person instead of relying on traditional key cards. WOWbands can be purchased once on any Royal Caribbean ship that currently offers them and the same one can be used on a future cruise, so if you’re someone who constantly loses your key card, consider making the investment.

H/T: Digital Trends

Featured image courtesy of Carnival Corporation via Twitter.

The best beginner points and miles card out there.
Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

With great travel benefits, 2x points on travel & dining and a 50,000 point sign up bonus, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is a great card for those looking to get into the points and miles game. Here are the top 5 reasons it should be in your wallet, or read our definitive review for more details.

Apply Now
More Things to Know
  • Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Chase Sapphire Preferred named "Best Credit Card for Flexible Travel Redemption" - Kiplinger's Personal Finance, June 2018
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $625 toward travel
  • No blackout dates or travel restrictions - as long as there's a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards
Intro APR on Purchases
N/A
Regular APR
17.99% - 24.99% Variable
Annual Fee
$0 Intro for the First Year, then $95
Balance Transfer Fee
Either $5 or 5% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater.
Recommended Credit
Excellent Credit

Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

Disclaimer: The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser’s responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.