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3 hours ago, goldfada said:

You may opt out. I did. After a few days of minor annoyances with the medallion, I got a cruise card at Guest Services. I found it much more convenient to use - and it doesn't require any accessories. 

 

I did not opt out but mine didn´t work anymore on day 4 and I got a cruise card.

 

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20 minutes ago, voljeep said:

no phones required .... just use it like your previous cruise card

 

The best description yet was from a poster who said the Medallion is just a cruise card with a different shape. 

 

NO phone required.

Optional only if one chooses to use their phone. 

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38 minutes ago, Ep010835 said:

 

The best description yet was from a poster who said the Medallion is just a cruise card with a different shape. 

 

NO phone required.

Optional only if one chooses to use their phone. 

 

That’s it...my embarkation process and going on/off in ports weren’t any faster with the OM and by automatically unlocking my cabin door it might have saved a couple of seconds.

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Anyone here under 30-years old have a review or comments about the Medallion?

 

I just uploaded the application and it all seems fine with the exception that my loyalty status is incorrect.  The Princess Rep advised me just now that they have a system issue and to just wait awhile for an update.

 

I am really interested in hearing from the under 30-folks for their input.

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On 6/11/2019 at 11:12 AM, Ep010835 said:

 

 

On 6/11/2019 at 11:12 AM, Ep010835 said:

 

Can you turn the locator off? What if I don't want anyone to bother me when I am resting?

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29 minutes ago, klugh said:

 

Can you turn the locator off? What if I don't want anyone to bother me when I am resting?

 

Who are you talking about bothering you? Crew or your those with whom you are cruising? 

 

Serious question.  Each scenario has a different answer. 

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Question for the experienced folks.  Just booked a Panama Cruise for 2021 aboard the Emerald, which should have the Medallion by then.  I want to confirm, as I've seen through the posts that you can get a cruise card if your medallion isn't working or you don't like it.  Can you also just get a cruise card and still use the Medallion?

 

I haven't taken as many cruises as many of you have, and I've kept my cruise card from every cruise.  Wondered if the Medallion would work if you requested a cruise card.  I didn't check all the posts, so if this has been addressed please forgive me, and give me a rough # of post to start at.

 

Thanks.

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3 minutes ago, Fuzzyape said:

Question for the experienced folks.  Just booked a Panama Cruise for 2021 aboard the Emerald, which should have the Medallion by then.  I want to confirm, as I've seen through the posts that you can get a cruise card if your medallion isn't working or you don't like it.  Can you also just get a cruise card and still use the Medallion?

 

I haven't taken as many cruises as many of you have, and I've kept my cruise card from every cruise.  Wondered if the Medallion would work if you requested a cruise card.  I didn't check all the posts, so if this has been addressed please forgive me, and give me a rough # of post to start at.

 

Thanks.

Counting down the days, and there are lots of them!

 

I think the medallion is a much cooler memento than a cruise card. It is personalized with your name and sailing date, just like a cruise card, but it's a more compact form factor.

 

I am fascinated and creeped out by the technology, but found it way more convenient than a cruise card. 

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27 minutes ago, HotBranch said:

 

I think the medallion is a much cooler memento than a cruise card. It is personalized with your name and sailing date, just like a cruise card, but it's a more compact form factor.

 

I am fascinated and creeped out by the technology, but found it way more convenient than a cruise card. 

Thanks HotBranch.  That's helpful.  That's what I liked about the cruise cards.  So if the medallion has that information it would work :).

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35 minutes ago, Fuzzyape said:

Question for the experienced folks.  Just booked a Panama Cruise for 2021 aboard the Emerald, which should have the Medallion by then.  I want to confirm, as I've seen through the posts that you can get a cruise card if your medallion isn't working or you don't like it.  Can you also just get a cruise card and still use the Medallion?

 

Yes, if you get a cruise card while your medallion is functioning then they will both work for the duration of the cruise.

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11 minutes ago, Fuzzyape said:

Thanks HotBranch.  That's helpful.  That's what I liked about the cruise cards.  So if the medallion has that information it would work :).

 

The added bonus (IMO) is that the wait staff rarely have to take your medallion away to process a drink order. They usually have the reader/receiver on their person, so you rarely lose sight of your medallion, as opposed to a card, that has to be swiped at the bar. I am always nervous that I'll forget my card somewhere, the medallion has a little more heft, and I think I only handed it over once during my entire sailing.

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15 hours ago, HotBranch said:

 

The added bonus (IMO) is that the wait staff rarely have to take your medallion away to process a drink order. They usually have the reader/receiver on their person, so you rarely lose sight of your medallion, as opposed to a card, that has to be swiped at the bar. I am always nervous that I'll forget my card somewhere, the medallion has a little more heft, and I think I only handed it over once during my entire sailing.

The cruise cards have RFID and are recognized by all electronic readers on board. There is no more swiping; the cards do not have magnetic strips.

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17 hours ago, Fuzzyape said:

...... I've seen through the posts that you can get a cruise card if your medallion isn't working or you don't like it.  Can you also just get a cruise card and still use the Medallion?

 

I must have around 30 cruise cards. I suppose I collect them and I also wonder about that. I suspect any replacement/substitute card for the Medallion will be rather utilitarian and might not look like what I am used to seeing. Time will tell. I hope someone can answer our questions.

17 hours ago, Fuzzyape said:

 

 

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9 minutes ago, PaperSniper4 said:

 

I must have around 30 cruise cards. I suppose I collect them and I also wonder about that. I suspect any replacement/substitute card for the Medallion will be rather utilitarian and might not look like what I am used to seeing. Time will tell. I hope someone can answer our questions.

 

They look exactly the same as the old cruise cards except that they're lacking the magnetic stripe and the signature space on the back.

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25 minutes ago, voljeep said:

the medallions make nice fridge magnets ... not stuck in some drawer ... j/s

 

The oldest Medallions I have are from 11/2018. The magnets are still strong enough to stick to the refrigerator door. 

 

I wonder if the devices contain permanent magnets or electromagnets. If the latter, one day the battery will deteriorate enough that the magnet will die. 

 

There was a thread where someone disassembled one of the devices but I don't remember what kind of magnet was found within. 

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7 hours ago, goldfada said:

They look exactly the same as the old cruise cards except that they're lacking the magnetic stripe and the signature space on the back.

Good to hear. I bet many folks will want a card to add to their collection. I wonder how long it will be before Princess starts charging for that card? <g>

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6 minutes ago, PaperSniper4 said:

Good to hear. I bet many folks will want a card to add to their collection. I wonder how long it will be before Princess starts charging for that card? <g>

 

Please touch your medallion to the sensor to pay for the card...

 

Princess: 1, Irony 0

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