For more than 50 years, innovation has been a big part of what makes Royal Caribbean cruises memorable for every traveler. This, coupled with the latest technology, is what has led to many of our guests’ favorite signature experiences that exist today, from those that blur the lines between tech and entertainment to sustainable engineering and initiatives. Not only have these enhanced the cruise vacation, but they’ve changed the industry. Technology also makes cruising safer and healthier, a priority we all share.
The Royal Caribbean International mobile app, originally designed to maximize every moment of vacation by eliminating lines, crowds and slips of paper, now is a solution that will help encourage important, new practices—such as physical distancing—and minimize common touchpoints.
Available on Apple’s App Store and the Google Play store, the app offers a series of features that come in handy to do things like check in and schedule your arrival time, make dining and show reservations, unlock your stateroom, and much more.
Here are five ways the Royal Caribbean app will help keep you safe and healthy on your next cruise vacation:
1. Scheduled Arrival & Expedited Boarding
Boarding is not only fast, but also safe when using the mobile app to check in for your cruise. For most sailings, you can scan your passport and upload a ‘selfie’ security photo to generate a mobile boarding pass that will expedite your experience at the terminal. You then can choose your arrival time from a list of staggered options, which will help reduce large crowds and ensure physical distancing from the moment you arrive to the time you board.
Pro tip: Plan to get to the terminal at your scheduled time, so you can board as quickly as possible and avoid any delays.
2. Reinvented Safety Briefing
Our latest innovation, Muster 2.0™, reinvents one of the least-favorite (but important) parts of cruising—the mandatory safety briefing. We’ve taken a process that was designed for large groups of people and reimagined it into a more personal approach that encourages higher levels of health and safety standards.
Leveraging new eMuster™ technology—developed and patented by Royal Caribbean—the essential information you need to know is available on the app and your stateroom TV, allowing you to complete the briefing on your own time. You’ll just need to visit your assigned assembly station—a designated check-in location—before the ship sets sail, so our crew can verify all the steps are completed. Essentially, this means less physical interaction with more time to relax and enjoy your vacation.
3. Daily Planning
There is plenty to see and do on a cruise, whether catching waves on the ship’s FlowRider or exploring one of the camera-ready ports. With just a few taps, you won’t miss a beat with the app’s Daily Planner. You can easily browse and schedule activities, entertainment, dining and shore excursions. The best part about this easy-to-use feature is that you’ll save time and avoid lines.
4. Digital Key & Stateroom Controls
On several ships, the app can also be your very own Digital Key to unlock your stateroom. It’s an easy, three-step setup. Once inside, you can control the TV and even stream content right from your phone, as well as adjust the room temperature, lights and curtains. You can be as “hands off” as you’d like, taking away the need to use common touchpoints and minimizing the chances of ever misplacing your SeaPass card—your official ID on the cruise.
5. Onboard Account
Royal Caribbean makes managing your onboard purchases easier. From the palm of your hand, you can see all your purchases and credits in real time without having to deal with pesky paper receipts. That means you can sit poolside with a cocktail in one hand and your phone in the other rather than meeting face to face with Guest Services.
With more to come, guests can rest assured many of the innovations that have made their vacations more seamless will also help keep them safe. Stay up to date on how Royal Caribbean is making cruise vacations safer and healthier here.