EDITOR’S NOTE: Royal Caribbean Cruises are now treating their guests like kings and queens by allowing them keyless access on their vacations, thanks to RFID wristband technology. Read the full story below!
Multipurpose wristbands, not keycards, will welcome passengers aboard the Royal Caribbean’s MS Anthem of the Seas. As the Anthem of the Seas is widely recognized in the cruise industry for its luxury and high-tech amenities, specifically designed to make cruise vacations more appealing to a younger market demographic, the new wristbands will offer an example of the latest and greatest of what the cruise industry has to offer.
As passengers approach the gangway, crewmembers can quickly scan the wristbands, which contain all the necessary identification data, making it faster and easier to embark and disembark from the ship.
The wristbands act as a room key, but also allow access to other areas of the ship, such as the spa. Passengers can easily keep track of their tabs at the bar and restaurant or pay for professional photos taken on the cruise. They can even offer an alternative payment for vending machines and casinos, providing the potential for greater revenue.
In partnering with ASSA ABLOY Hospitality, RCCL can allow passengers of the Anthem of the Seas to effortlessly gain access to cabins, as well as other areas and a host of services throughout the ship, using just one RFID wristband provided free-of-charge. ASSA ABLOY Hospitality has delivered its Signature RFID door locks, RFID cabin-access wristbands and RFID Remote Controllers to the ship.
Beginning July 9, Carnival Cruise Line is limiting beverages brought on board in an attempt to cut down on alcohol smuggling. Guests will no longer be allowed to haul water, soda and other non-alcoholic drinks on their cruise if the beverages come in bottles.