Carnival Corp. & plc and Jabil, Inc. partnered to launch the first OceanMedallion manufacturing and fulfillment location in the Florida/Caribbean region.
The success of Princess Cruise Lines OceanMedallion program meant that the line would require an ample supply. That need caused Princess to look outside of Asia for a supplier. They found that supplier in the nearby Dominican Republic.
John Padgett, chief experience and innovation officer, Carnival Corp. and president, Princess Cruises explained "The proximity of Jabil's state-of-the-art facilities and factory automation along with its exceptional track record across consumer, medical and military device manufacturing gives us a tremendous opportunity to support the increased demand for our experiential [Internet of Things] wearables and also support good-paying jobs in the Dominican Republic in the highly desirable sector of travel and tourism.
Launched in 2017, the OceanMedallion contains a proprietary blend of communication technologies, enabling an interactive guest experience platform with a personalized level of service. MedallionClass cruising is currently available on the Princess Cruises fleet. It enables touchless embarkation and disembarkation, frictionless commerce and keyless stateroom entry, as well as dynamic way-finding on board, a family and friends locator, first-run movies on the go, an interactive events and activities planner and interactive gaming. The quarter-sized, 1.8-ounce wearable disc has no discernible technology — no on-off switch, no recharge needed, no menu to navigate, and is waterproof, heat- and cold-resistant and sand- and salt-proof. The Medallions are emblazoned with Princess logo and each disc is laser-etched with the passenger's name, the name of their ship and sail date.