Contact-Free Technologies for Your Next Cruise
Long before the COVID-19 pandemic began, the cruise
industry was working on new technologies to make cruising more
convenient. For example, cruise line apps have made it easier
for passengers to check the
daily activity schedule, message each other onboard, pull
up deck maps, make spa reservations, and more. But now that
the whole world is more aware of the risks that come with a
highly contagious virus, cruise line apps are valued for more
than the convenience they deliver: they also
make a cruise more contact-free.
You can expect to see other
contract-free technologies on future cruises, such
as facial recognition technology. These systems scan faces
to quickly recognize you as they get on or off the
ship, eliminating the need for crew members
to manually check your proof of identity.
Several cruise lines now provide passengers
with wristbands that store the information you need
to manage many onboard tasks, from opening your stateroom
door to purchasing items around the ship. These wristbands also help
with contact tracing if someone on board does become ill; when
the crew can quickly identify anyone who has been in contact
with an infected person, they can take action to help.
Every cruise begins with a muster drill,
which prepares you to evacuate the ship safely in the unlikely event of an
emergency. In traditional musters, passengers leave their staterooms and gather
in groups near the ship’s lifeboats. Now, cruise
lines are beginning to use technology that eliminates the
need to gather at a muster station.
Instead, you’ll use your stateroom television or another device to read
or listen to muster instructions. Then, you
can individually report to your muster station, where crew
members verify your completion of the drill.
It’s reassuring to know there are always trained medical
professionals on a cruise ship; now, telehealth
technology means you may not even need to visit the sickbay to see them. Telehealth makes it possible to have
a virtual exam without leaving the comfort
of your stateroom. The medical staff may also be able
to connect you with a specialist onshore, if needed.
Other technologies that may not even be
visible to you will help keep passengers healthy and safe. These
include new ventilation and air cleaning technologies, as well
as thermal scanning systems that check the temperatures of passengers
Anita, your professional travel advisor, can help keep you
up to date on new, contact-free technologies that will
enhance your next cruise.
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