Carnival Cruise Line's guests will be able to use Carnival Hub in order to maximise fun throughout the voyage, with the app featuring line’s Fun Times daily activities schedule and a ‘favourites’ function allowing to bookmark day’s best events.
Other features include a real-time shipboard account balance, a reminder to attend chosen events, itinerary details including port visits and searchable deck plans with attractions highlighted.
For a one-off fee per cruise of AU$9, the app also offers a ‘chat’ function, making it easy to connect with family and friends onboard. The function automatically adds guests travelling together to a contact list, making it easy to arrange to catch up with friends and family while unique identification number allows guests to add new friends to their chat contacts.
Guests can download the app before they travel, set up a profile and enter their next cruise departure date to start the countdown and share with friends. It can also be downloaded for free onboard using a special internet package.
Carnival Cruise Line Vice President Jennifer Vandekreeke said the Carnival Hub app would change the way guests enjoyed their cruise holidays.
New functions, like the ability to make spa and restaurant bookings were expected to come online throughout the year, she said.
Meanwhile the ships’ Fun Times daily diary will also be available in a reduced-size paper format, which, together with the app’s introduction, means a win for the environment with a 50% reduction in paper used to print the newsletter onboard.