Princess Cruises offers onboard credit for Ocean Medallion purchases on land
By Katie McGonagle | 2 Feb 2022
Princess Cruises has extended its Ocean Medallion technology to cover purchases made in ports of call
Guests can now use the Ocean Medallion – a piece of wearable technology that doubles as room key and payment system on board – in participating shops, bars, restaurants, museums and excursion operators in certain destinations.
They will earn 7% in onboard credit or future cruise credit for any purchase they make in those establishments, in addition to credit card benefits such as points or cashback.
The MedallionPay scheme is currently available in 65 retailers in Saint Thomas, Cabo San Lucas, Cozumel and Puerto Vallarta, and will soon be rolled out across all Alaska ports that Princess Cruises serves.
John Padgett, president of Princess Cruises, said: “It’s a really incredible service because guests can shop, play, eat, drink and purchase almost anything in our ports of call in the Caribbean, Mexican Riviera – and soon, Alaska – and get 7% instant onboard credit with their purchase in these destinations.
“It really adds value and it breaks down the historic institutional divide between ship and shore. It’s a remarkably seamless experience.”
The 7% credit is available instantly via the MedallionClass app and can be redeemed against onboard purchases or put towards a future cruise with the line.
Padgett also confirmed that planned Asia sailings on board Diamond Princess would be delayed. He said: “We will be postponing the Diamond Princess return to service at least into June in Japan. Our focus continues to be getting the entire Princess fleet back up in service in markets that are open, but that market is still not open.”
New ship Discovery Princess is set to join the fleet in March, completing the Royal class of six ships, and will offer voyages along the California coast, Mexican Riviera and Alaska.
Princess has also added a new Sportsbook betting programme enabling real-time sports wagers on board, and introduced customisable medallions with options including NBA and WNBA team logos.
Picture: Mark Katzman