Princess says Fort Lauderdale terminal a more comfortable space

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Large electronic display panels can be used to interact with the Ocean Medallion and its app to make reservations and play games.
Large electronic display panels can be used to interact with the Ocean Medallion and its app to make reservations and play games.

Princess Cruises has completed a multimillion-dollar upgrade to its terminal at Port Everglades that will work in tandem with the new Ocean Medallion technology.

Cruise Terminal 2 at the Fort Lauderdale port now features a more streamlined departure design, interactive experiences including a giant LED screen, movie theater, and more comfortable preboarding areas.

With the changes, Princess hopes that rather than rushing to get through the terminal, passengers will feel comfortable enough to relax during embarkation and take some time to plan their vacation, making restaurant or entertainment reservations and leveraging other capabilities of the Ocean Medallion technology.

Princess will start a limited rollout of the technology to some guests on the Regal Princess, beginning with the Nov. 13 cruise.

"When our guests arrive at the terminal excited about their cruise, that's a great opportunity for us to begin immersing them in a more personalized and hassle-free vacation experience," said John Padgett, chief experience and innovation officer for Carnival Corp., Princess' parent company. "We have completely transformed the arrival so that our guests can board at a pace that's more relaxed and convenient for them."

The terminal has been equipped with Carnival's proprietary xIoT (Experiential Internet of Things) network, which is activated by the Ocean Medallion and enables some expedited boarding functions. It also lets passengers create and play with a digital companion that they can personalize. Guests can select from among three sea creatures -- Sea Turtle, Seahorse or Butterfly Fish. They will be displayed on a large portal screen in the terminal, along with avatars created by other passengers.

Also, Terminal 2 now features Carnival's new MedallionNet, a "game-changing connectivity service" with exceptional speed and bandwidth, Princess said.

Guests can relax in the OceanView Theater -- a cinema that features the Ocean Original travel series seen on network TV on Saturday mornings and on some cable channels.

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