Princess Cruises has announced the activation of Ocean Medallion on six more of its ships in 2020:
· Ruby Princess on January 27
· Grand Princess on March 29
· Enchanted Princess on June 15, ship launch date
· Emerald Princess on August 16
· Coral Princess on October 16
· Island Princess on December 20
Enchanted Princess will be named in Southampton and enter service with the enhanced guest experience. It will then sail a season in the Mediterranean before heading to the Caribbean. The multi-award winning Medallion is now available on Caribbean Princess, Regal Princess and Royal Princess. It will be introduced on Crown Princess on July 24, making it the first ship with UK departures to have the benefit of Ocean Medallion, as Crown Princess is currently sailing a season around the British Isles.
Sky Princess, the line's next ship, will launch with the technology when it enters service on October 20, 2019. The ship will then spend a short season sailing the Mediterranean.
Ocean Medallion is intended to make every guest feel like a VIP and helps them relax and enjoy their cruise. The device is the same size as a 10 pence piece and replaces more traditional cruise cards.
The Medallion's technology makes it quicker and easier for guests to get on and off their ship. Once on board it opens doors when guests approach their cabin, ideal for anyone who has their hands full or is with small children. The Medallion's 'compass' feature means guests can find and stay connected on board, as well as navigate their way around the ship. It also allows guests to order drinks and snacks, plus holiday essentials such as suntan lotion and swimming goggles, directly to anywhere on board including their stateroom.
Tony Roberts, Princess Cruises' vice president UK and Europe, said: “The Ocean Medallion has proved a groundbreaking piece of travel technology and the feedback from guests, in terms of how it has helped enhance and improve their cruise, has been overwhelmingly positive. It's great news, both for our guests and crew, that we will be offering the Medallion on even more ships throughout next year. I've been fortunate enough to experience the Medallion first-hand and the simple, seamless service it provides means I'd thoroughly recommend it, whether people are already familiar with our ships or looking to dip their toe in the water for the first time.”
Princess Cruises will return to Tahiti in autumn 2020 with sailings available on the 670-guest Pacific Princess. Tahiti and French Polynesia cruises allow holidaymakers the opportunity to discover the region's unspoiled lagoons and beaches on five 10-day Tahiti & French Polynesia departures.
Pacific Princess will sale round trip from Tahiti around the islands of French Polynesia. Every voyage will include overnight calls in Tahiti's capital Papeete and Bora Bora, as well as a late-night stay in Raiatea. Additional ports of call include Huahine, Rangiroa, and Moorea.
Tony Roberts, Princess Cruises' vice president UK and Europe, said: “With its volcanic and coral islands, French Polynesia is always a popular destination for holidaymakers seeking a once in a lifetime experience. With sailings on our smaller ship Pacific Princess, guests can enjoy a more intimate voyage around these remote islands.”
With four Grand Adventure & Crossings itineraries also available ranging in length from 19-35 days, Pacific Princess additionally offers longer sailings for guests to experience the Aloha spirit of the Hawaiian Islands or discover the treasures of South America including Easter Island renowned for its Moai, stone statues of human figures carved by the Rapa Nui.
'Astonishing' is the revolutionary magic and illusion show produced by performer Jonathan Wilkes and BAFTA-winning presenter and entertainer Stephen Mulhern. It has proved such a huge hit that
P&O Cruises is to roll it out across three more ships this year. Originally premiered on Britannia, Azura and Ventura in 2018, the show will premiere on Oceana on 16 April, Aurora on 12 May and Arcadia on 19 July this year and then be on every cruise on all six ships.
P&O Cruises president Paul Ludlow said: “Feedback from guests who have seen the show has been, quite literally, astonishing, with many saying that it’s the most extraordinary and entertaining show that they have ever seen. This game-changing show from Jonny & Stephen takes entertainment to an entirely new level and I’m delighted that even more of our guests will have the opportunity to experience this dazzling display of magic, dance, illusion and mystery.”
Using the latest technology in the theatres, this captivating show features dazzling dance moves and seemingly impossible feats. www.pocruises.com
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