Carnival earns design award for Princess OceanCompass


Carnival has won a Skift Design Award – Best Cruise Experience – for its OceanCompass, a wearable device that enhances the Princess MedallionClass experience.

The OceanCompass wearable sensor enables a digital experience that helps guests on board MedallionClass ships to locate their travel companions, chat with friends and family, and access location-based ship information.

OceanMedallion connects to thousands of embedded onboard sensors to pinpoint passenger location, resulting in real-time intelligent navigation assistance.

“We are honoured to have the OceanCompass innovation recognised by Skift for making these cruise ships feel easily accessible and instantly comfortable by removing one of the most vexing challenges on board – finding your way around the ship and locating your shipmates,” said John Padgett, chief experience and innovation officer for Carnival Corporation. “It is one of the core ingredients that allows us to deliver the travel industry’s most personalised and effortless vacation experience on a large scale for guests sailing on board Princess MedallionClass ships.”

Carnival was also a CES 2019 Innovations Award honoree for the OceanMedallion, and earned a 2018 Gold New York Design Award for Digital IoT, for its Ocean Guest experience platform. OceanMedallion was also awarded the 2019 IoT Wearables Innovation of the Year by IoT Breakthrough, named a 2019 Edison Awards winner and Red Dot Award winner for Product Design. Additionally, both the OceanMedallion and OceanCompass were recipients of Gold Stevies from the American Business Awards, while the MedallionClass Experience was recognised as the Best Hospitality ICX by the ICX Association.

MedallionClass vacations enabled by the innovative OceanMedallion are currently available for all guests sailing on four ships from Princess Cruises – Caribbean Princess, Regal Princess, Royal Princess and Crown Princess. The Sky Princess will launch the OceanMedallion in October 2019. In 2020, MedallionClass vacations will expand to six additional ships – Ruby Princess, Grand Princess, Enchanted Princess, Emerald Princess, Coral Princess and Island Princess.


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Marisa has been writing about transport design and the passenger experience since 2013 and is also a contributor to sister titles Aircraft Interiors International and Business Jet Interiors International. She has travelled the world extensively by car, plane, train and cruise liner.

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