Cruise ships are becoming larger and larger and are basically swimming cities. You can easily get lost and it is hard to track down your friends on the vast vessels.
DeFi and Royal Caribbean have now solved that problem with a custom iPhone.
DeFi and Royal Caribbean partnered to create Royal Connect, the first-ever location-based navigation iPhone stripped of its usual functionality, with only the DeFi Inc. software installed. I actually did not know that you can have custom software on an iPhone and lock it down.
The application allows guests to not only communicate with other guests but also have direct access to shipboard extensions from anywhere on the ship.
First debuted on Royal Caribbean International’s Oasis of the Seas in late 2009, the technology is now available to all guests on this ship.
The features for the Royal Connect iPhone include:
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- Communicate with their family and friends on board the ship, no matter where they are
- Make dinner, show, spa reservations
- Stay up-to-date with cruise activities
- GPS for parents to keep track of their children’s location on the ship. (Kids receive a bracelet upon boarding the ship that has an RFID tag in it.)
Royal Connect is available for rent to guests for $17.50 each, on a first-come, first-served basis for the duration of the cruise.