August 25, 2014 7:17 am

Royal Caribbean Announces 40K Windows Tablets

We are thrilled that today, Royal Caribbean International announced that every shipboard employee in the Royal Caribbean International fleet will receive their own Windows tablet – a total of 40,000 Windows tablets.

“The Royal Caribbean men and women who provide such great vacations are the real heroes of our fleet and these gifts demonstrate our appreciation in a tangible way,” Richard D. Fain, chairman and CEO, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. said. “The technology we are introducing onboard Quantum of the Seas isn’t only about giving our guests a better vacation – it’s also about giving our crew and their families a closer connection than we’ve ever been able to and the Windows tablet will give them this opportunity”

Royal Caribbean International chose Windows for a number of reasons. The device they selected is built by HEXA for Royal Caribbean. It’s incredibly thin and light, which will accommodate the very active, very mobile lifestyle of its employees. It will allow the crew to leverage Office 365 apps, nearly limitless OneDrive cloud storage and the ability to stay connected with friends and family with Skype. Royal Caribbean International also selected Windows because of the choice available to them across form factors and price points, which was unmatched by competing offerings.

The announcement is part of a broader technology focus for Royal Caribbean International. In addition to employee tablets, they unveiled new technology found on their newest ship –Quantum of the Seas – which is focused on creating wow experiences for tech-savvy modern travelers. That particular ship is equipped with perks like RFID luggage tags, RFID wristbands for navigating the ship and unlocking doors, and faster broadband connections that can enable live video gaming via the Xbox within the ship’s SeaPlex. The new ship will also leverage a modern point of sale (POS) system that is powered by sleek Windows tablets.

The company expects to fully deploy its 40,000 new crew tablets by October of this year.

Updated November 8, 2014 1:11 am