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Whether you detest it or await it, I wouldn't be concerned over the "Ocean Medallion" program for a while. Sounds like Princess is having gigantic teething problems with implementing it. Not that all introductions of technological innovations don't have their share of quirks, but from the sounds of this they overestimated its practicality big time, perhaps Princess and even Carnival Corp. will shelve the entire effort. For instance, here are current excerpts from guests on board the Regal, where they are trying out Medallions:
" None of our group had it. It is only in a few cabins. It is by muster station. We did talk to some of the people who were in the cabins that had the OM. Most were not pleased with it. One family of 3 only one of them could open the door to their cabin with their OM. One man told me he had turned his in the second day, because it was a pain in the butt. Everyone with the OM was also given a cruise card because most of the time it did not work. It did not work in the shops or bars. Sometimes it worked in the casino, but for the most part it is not up and running like they had hoped it would be. The good thing is the internet is great very fast. If you are elite you will get free internet for the entire cruise. We did not book the cruise because of the OM so we could have cared less. We really cruise to get away from all that but I know some can't live without it. I talked to the captain's circle person she told me not to expect to see it on other ships anytime soon. The roll out was supposed to be on 3 ships this year. They have pushed this back. I am not sure they are even saying when it will be ship wide on the Regal yet. I personally wish they would upgrade the TV on all the ships first. I would enjoy that more than the OM."
"The people I spoke with that had the OM were in Muster station A. I also heard they were all located at the front of the ship not sure which decks they were on. From things we heard from some of the staff they did not believe the OM would be ship wide for a while. It seems this technology is a lot harder to get up and running on a moving ship than they thought it would be."