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Princess Cruises’ MedallionPay Expands Onshore

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.

Katherine Tangalakis-Lippert
Katherine Tangalakis-Lippert
Katherine Tangalakis-Lippert is a Los Angeles-based reporter covering retail, hospitality and philanthropy for the San Fernando Valley Business Journal. In addition to her current beat, she is particularly interested in criminal justice topics, health and science stories and investigative journalism. She received her AA in Humanities from Moorpark College in 2016, her BA in Communication from Cal Lutheran University in 2019 and followed it up with a MA in Specialized Journalism from USC in the summer of 2020. Through her work, Katherine aspires to help strengthen the fragile trust between members of the media and the public.

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