The future of high-tech sundeck drinking is here. Cruisers who opt-in to Princess Cruises’ complimentary MedallionClass program receive a wearable OceanMedallion device that (literally) unlocks the door to a smoother onboard experience. The sleek accessory doubles as a room key, a payment method, a GPS tracker, and more. MedallionClass is available on three ships now, and will expand to eight more vessels in the fleet starting in July.

“Making memories one trip at a time has gone to a new level with the Princess MedallionClass,” says Virtuoso advisor Barbara Boone. “Digitally ordering cocktails on your veranda, playing your favorite casino game in your stateroom (or anywhere onboard, for that matter) … why travel any other way?”

Begin with a Hassle-Free Departure
Princess passengers receive their OceanMedallion – a waterproof disk about the size of a quarter and housed in accessories such as wrist bands, bracelets, and necklaces – mailed to their home before the cruise departs. (Passengers living outside the U.S. can pick theirs up at the port). The medallion makes boarding a breeze too: All passengers fill out a digital check-in form, but MedallionClass cruisers get to skip to the front of the line for an expedited OceanReady embarkation process.

Princess Cruises Medallion Class
Use MedallionClass capabilities to order another cocktail – wherever you are on board.

The OceanMedallion Perks
Once you’re on board, use the OceanCompass smartphone app to synch your medallion and find your stateroom or suite, which has your name digitally displayed next to the door. Here, the medallion allows keyless entry to your stateroom. (No more worrying about losing your plastic keycard.) MedallionClass passengers receive 50-percent-reduced discounts of the cruise line’s premium Wi-Fi service, MedallionNet, which promises “land-like connectivity” for social media posts, phone calls back home, entertainment streaming, and just about any online whims you can think of. (Princess ships are built with multi-band antennas, which helps provide fast service no matter where the ship is located.) MedallionClass access also offers mobile MedallionPay functionality: As long as you have the medallion and your smartphone, you can leave your wallet safely in your stateroom. Thanks to the built-in GPS tracker, passengers can also use the OceanNow app to order drinks, snacks, and retail items such as sunscreen – and have it all delivered to them anywhere on board. Why give up your prime suntanning spot just because it’s time for another cocktail?

New Ships on the Horizon
Princess Cruises currently operates the MedallionClass Vacations program on three of its 17 ships: The Caribbean Princess, Regal Princess, and Royal Princess. The Crown Princess joins the ranks on July 24, and the line’s newest ship, the Sky Princess, will set sail with MedallionClass this October. In 2020, the Ruby Princess, Grand Princess, Enchanted Princess (another new fleet addition), Emerald Princess, Coral Princess, and Island Princess join the ranks, bringing the Medallion offerings to Australia, New Zealand, and Princess World Cruises (check out the 87-day and 111-day itineraries on board the Island Princess) for the first time.

This article is sponsored by Princess Cruises.