Princess Cruises announced Tuesday an expansion to its touchless transaction technology, bringing the previously on-ship exclusive MedallionPay option to port stores and restaurants in Mexico, the Carribean and Alaska.
Diamonds International and Cariloha retailers are among the more than 65 merchants – including restaurants, bars, souvenir stores, museums and excursion operators – at select ports that now accept MedallionPay, according to a statement from the Santa Clarita based company.
“MedallionPay offers the ultimate in payment convenience and security for guests both on board and now in ports we visit, seamlessly blending the onboard and destination experience,” John Padgett, president of Princess Cruises, said in a statement.
The MedallionClass technology allows cruise passengers to link a payment method to a half-dollar sized medallion that both replaces a room key and serves as a locator to allow service staff or family members to find them anywhere on board. The medallions will now work at participating locations in St. Thomas, Cabo San Lucas, Cozumel, and Puerta Vallarta, with an Alaskan expansion planned for “the near future,” according to a Princess Cruises statement.
Shares of Carnival Corporation & plc (CCL), the parent company of Princess Cruises, closed up $1.12, or 5.7 percent, to $20.93 on the New York Stock Exchange on Tuesday, a day when the Dow Jones industrial average closed up a fraction of a percent.