The one where iPads were provided on Splendour of the Seas…

Royal Caribbean will offer passengers an iPad per stateroom as part of the ‘Royal Advantage’ enhancements onboard Splendour of the Seas.

A first for the industry, the devices will offer access to the daily ‘Cruise Compass’, personal daily itineraries, shore tours, movies and restaurant menus along with offering the ability to order room service.

Available in mid-February aboard Splendour of the Seas, they will be rolled-out to all Vision-class ships during their respective ‘Royal Advantage’ revitalisations.

“Based on consumer research, we added the iPads to greatly enhance guest communication, interactivity and to continue to offer industry leading technology that helps enhance the guest experience,” Royal Caribbean International senior vice president hotel operations, Lisa Bauer said.

Featuring English and Portugese, passengers will also be able to use their iPads to access the internet both in their staterooms and throughout the ship via the new pervasive WiFi for the regular onboard internet cost.

Splendour of the Seas will emerge from dry dock on 25 November 2011.

Originally published for e-Travel Blackboard.

Click here to view an up to date photo gallery of Splendour’s revitalisation.

I think it’s a great option for guests to access so many features via their complimentary iPads onboard, especially the ‘Cruise Compass’ and movies! I’m quite comfortable with lying by the pool watching a movie!

Are you a passenger who carries their ‘daily diary’ around with them so as not to miss out on anything though? I wonder if they will still be providing hard copies per stateroom as well…

It might be a tad difficult to carry an iPad around the ship as an alternative and those less technologically adept passengers may have some difficulty navigating their iPad to access activities etc…

Another question should be posed I guess…what happens if there is any damage done to the iPads…I’ll ask Royal Caribbean and get back to you…

Do you have any questions you’d like posed about the new addition to Vision-class ships?

One response to “The one where iPads were provided on Splendour of the Seas…

  1. I asked Royal Caribbean a couple of questions about the iPad implementation that I thought might interest everyone:

    What are the repercussions if damage is done to the iPads?
    “Guests must sign a rental agreement prior to using the iPad. If it is lost, damaged or missing from the stateroom upon disembarkation they will be charged. We have not determined what that fee will be yet.”

    Will a hard copy of the ‘Cruise Compass’ still be distributed to staterooms for those passengers not so technologically adept?
    “Yes”

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