A Guide to the Ocean Medallion on Princess Cruises: Your Ticket to a Better Cruise Experience
This post is part of a paid collaboration with Princess Cruises and Traverse, however, all opinions are my own. You can read my disclaimer for more information when it comes to collaborations and press trips.
The Princess Cruises Ocean Medallion is a new piece of technology that is changing the way cruisers experience their trip.
This small, wearable device provides passengers with a variety of benefits, including easier embarkation and disembarkation, no need to carry keys or cards on board, and more!
Following my most recent trips on the Sky Princess and Enchanted Princess, I wanted to share what the Ocean Medallion is and how it can help make your cruise EVEN better!
What Is The Ocean Medallion?
If you’re sailing with Princess Cruises, odds are you’ve heard about the Ocean Medallion by now. But what exactly is it? The Ocean Medallion is a small, coin-sized device that you wear during your cruise. It uses cutting-edge technology to connect you with your ship and fellow passengers, making your experience more seamless and personalized.
How Does It Work?
The Ocean Medallion works by using low-energy Bluetooth to communicate with the ship and other devices on board. This means that you don’t have to worry about data usage or roaming charges while you’re cruising! Once you’ve received your Medallion (more on that later), simply activate it and start using it to do things like open your stateroom door, make purchases, and even order food and drinks!
What Princess Ships Is It Available On?
The Ocean Medallion is now available on all of Princess’ ships.
Getting OceanReady Before Your Cruise
If you’re interested in using the Ocean Medallion during your next Princess Cruise, the first step is to get “OceanReady.” This simply means downloading the free princess app and creating an account. Once you’ve done that, you can begin using all of the features of the Ocean Medallion!
To have access to the Green Lane (the fastest one) you will need to complete the following:
- Personal Info & Travel Docs
- Security & Profile Photos
- MedallionPay™ & PIN Code
- Emergency Information
- Arrival & Departure Groups
- Passage Contract & Acceptances/Acknowledgements
- Health Questionnaire
Note: to be able to use some of the features on the app, you need to be connected to Princess Cruises WiFi.
If you don’t have a compatible device try their web version.
Where Can I Download The OceanClass Medallion App?
To download the app for both iOS and Android, you can visit the Princess Cruises website here.
Some of the benefits of downloading the app include:
-A more seamless embarkation process
-The ability to use your Medallion to open your stateroom door (it unlocks as you’re walking up to it, which is awesome!)
-Making purchases onboard and with some ‘shore partners’ without having to carry cash or credit cards
-Order food and drinks directly to your stateroom or wherever you are on the ship!
-Let the staff on board know about any dietary requirements or accessibility requests in advance
-Finding out more about shore excursions and how to book them
-Messaging staff members directly if you have an issue or question
-Having a ‘take me there’ feature on your phone so you never have to get lost on their magnificent ships
-Being able to find your friends, as long as you’ve linked them to your account
-Finding out what events and entertainment are on during your cruise
My absolute favourite thing about the Medallion is definitely being able to order food and drinks to your location, no matter where you are on the ship. Cocktails in the hot tub? Yes, please!
How Do I Get My Medallion?
Once you’re all set up and ready to go, the next step is to get your Ocean Medallion. If you’re sailing on a Princess Cruise from the US, you’ll receive your Medallion in the mail before your trip. If not, you can pick it up as you check in, which is what I did. Once you have your Medallion and you’re on board, you’re ready to start using all of the great features!
Is It Waterproof?
Yes, Ocean Medallions are waterproof, heat, sand and salt resistant. I wore mine in hot tubs, swimming pools and the sea and it was absolutely fine!
What Accessories Can You Buy For Your Medallion?
If you want to show off your love for the Ocean Medallion (or just keep it safe), there are a few different accessories that you can purchase. The most popular are probably the sports bands, which come in a variety of colours and designs. You can also buy clips, keychains, and even pendants! I have the sports band and it makes it super easy to use as you walk throughout the ship.
If you don’t want to buy an accessory, your medallion comes with a Princess Cruises lanyard.
How Much Does It Cost?
The Ocean Medallion is free to use, but you can also purchase accessories for your Medallion if you want to, but they are not required.
Have you sailed with Princess Cruises before? What was your experience like? Let us know in the comments below!