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Relax Poolside While Royal Caribbean's Royal Connect Keeps Virtual Tabs on Your Kids

by Linda F. Cauthen on March 05, 2010

Royal ConnectLove to take the family on a cruise, but are concerned about their safety aboard a huge ship? The Royal Caribbean cruise line has debuted Royal Connect, a new tool that helps parents keep tabs on their kids while onboard.

When children embark, they're issued a bracelet with an embedded RFID tag. Parents get a stripped down iPhone that tracks their kids' location and lets them stay in touch with onboard friends, make dinner reservations and check on cruise activities.

This service is available on Royal Caribbean International’s Oasis of the Seas for $17.50 per phone, good for the duration of the cruise. While this new technology is obviously no excuse to give your kids the run of the ship, at least you can be sure they are where they’re supposed to be at any given time. Kids can engage in age-appropriate activities with their peers, while parents can relax enough to enjoy some time together. Isn’t that what makes a family vacation great?


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From Donna on May 04, 2010 :: 5:06 pm

I remember being on a Carnival cruise ship with my two year old son. At some point he got loose and ran into the open door of one of the elevators. I was lucky there were people inside and they didn’t let the door close. There are 11 floors - I don’t know where I would be looking for my baby! So these devices come handy - too bad we didn’t have them.



From Tom Kilmartin on July 25, 2012 :: 10:56 am

Pardon the pun… but I think RCL is missing boat !  If RCL would find someone to write a downloadable app for Royal Connect, persons with smart phones would be able to “BUY” it (at going app rates), then the person could go to a desk on board and “PURCHASE” a pass key number (or the like) for the duration of their cruise. RCL could also uses the app for numerous different aspects of cruising, promotional and booking information.  C’mon RCL… you’re smarter than this.


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