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1 minute ago, Iamcruzin said:

Only criminals should be concerned. To be honest the older I get  the more I want to be tracked. You never know when something can happen. I just got My elderly 88yr old father an iPhone. The first thing I did was set up find my iPhone so I can find him should something happen. I told him if he misplaces his phone I can find it.

Was it you who posted that friends got heavy fines for not quarantining because they were tracked with their EZ pass?

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7 minutes ago, AF-1 said:

Most likely there will be major changes to how all the Cruise Lines operate;  Covid19 has changed the way we live our daily lives and the ships will implement some sort of contactless movement while onboard the ship.  I suspect different lines will come up with different ways to accomplish this;  the medallion net program is a step toward contactless movement on the ship.  I assume the OP does not shop online or use a credit card;  because both of these track your online movement and shopping habits.  Have a great weekend

Technically so does a cruise card. However there are those who only eat and drink what’s included in the fare so they will be able to go undetected. 

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Just now, Daniel A said:

Was it you who posted that friends got heavy fines for not quarantining because they were tracked with their EZ pass?

Yes. But they were fined because of airlines tracking and reporting to NY state. My son did a road trip to the Carolina’s and they tracked him through EZ pass. They called the house with Covid questions when he returned. They told him he had to quarantine and they followed up. If you don’t have EZ pass they track you by license plate since they will be mailing you or whoever the car is registered to a bill. There no longer are cash lanes to cross a bridge or on state highways.

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Yes I agree there is not way to go 100% contactless;  I was referring to op not wanting to get a medallion pin; and that option and a cruise card will get you tracked while onboard ship.  This is the 21st Century and it is a way of life.  

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2 hours ago, love to cruz said:

For business reasons I must leave my phone at home. What will happen when I cruise Medallion?

 

You will have just as much fun as all the other people without phones. 

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1 minute ago, AF-1 said:

Yes I agree there is not way to go 100% contactless;  I was referring to op not wanting to get a medallion pin; and that option and a cruise card will get you tracked while onboard ship.  This is the 21st Century and it is a way of life.  

I don't think a legacy cruise card with RFID can be tracked whereas the medallion is designed to be tracked.

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I'm new to Princess - my first cruise with them is booked for March 2022. I've been curious about Medallion Class since I first heard about it. So I watched some videos on the Princess site about it. One thing that I picked up is that you can use it in the shops for purchases and in the casino for wagering. That kinda scares me. If someone were to lose their medallion then the finder could go on a shopping and/or gambling spree and their spending would go directly to the owner's account.

 

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3 minutes ago, bobndee said:

I'm new to Princess - my first cruise with them is booked for March 2022. I've been curious about Medallion Class since I first heard about it. So I watched some videos on the Princess site about it. One thing that I picked up is that you can use it in the shops for purchases and in the casino for wagering. That kinda scares me. If someone were to lose their medallion then the finder could go on a shopping and/or gambling spree and their spending would go directly to the owner's account.

 

If you lose your medallion you go to guest services and they will issue a new one which has a different chip.  No worries about someone charging things to your account

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Just now, bobndee said:

I'm new to Princess - my first cruise with them is booked for March 2022. I've been curious about Medallion Class since I first heard about it. So I watched some videos on the Princess site about it. One thing that I picked up is that you can use it in the shops for purchases and in the casino for wagering. That kinda scares me. If someone were to lose their medallion then the finder could go on a shopping and/or gambling spree and their spending would go directly to the owner's account.

What is the difference between losing your cruise card or your medallion?  This is why you should keep frequently checking your onboard account.

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4 hours ago, Geoffa30 said:

Cannot believe we are still getting posts like this about being tracked on the ship. What on earth are people doing on a cruise that they’re so concerned about being tracked?

 

I don't know, but with medallions, we should be able to track them down and find out!!!

 

Who knows what we have been missing?!?!

 

At least it should eliminate the all-call tannoys at 0300:

Will the lost idiot teenager in baja-xxxx please call the purser's desk?

 

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50 minutes ago, bobndee said:

f someone were to lose their medallion then the finder could go on a shopping and/or gambling spree and their spending would go directly to the owner's account.

In the shops, when you use the medallion, your picture appears on a screen for the cashier to see/compare. In the casino, if someone wanted to use your medallion on a slot machine, they would need to know your pin number. If you hadn't set up a pin yet, they would then need to know your date of birth.

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2 hours ago, AF-1 said:

Most likely there will be major changes to how all the Cruise Lines operate;  Covid19 has changed the way we live our daily lives and the ships will implement some sort of contactless movement while onboard the ship.  I suspect different lines will come up with different ways to accomplish this;  the medallion net program is a step toward contactless movement on the ship.  I assume the OP does not shop online or use a credit card;  because both of these track your online movement and shopping habits.  Have a great weekend

They are being tracked just by being on Cruise Critic.

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2 hours ago, Iamcruzin said:

Yes. But they were fined because of airlines tracking and reporting to NY state. My son did a road trip to the Carolina’s and they tracked him through EZ pass. They called the house with Covid questions when he returned. They told him he had to quarantine and they followed up. If you don’t have EZ pass they track you by license plate since they will be mailing you or whoever the car is registered to a bill. There no longer are cash lanes to cross a bridge or on state highways.

In New York, the state has put EZ pass readers at certain points where no toll is deducted but the EZ pass is tracked.  They claim that's so that they can quickly determine if traffic is backed up.  That may be the case but they also keep the data on file.  The state also has Bluetooth readers on highways that track the Bluetooth's movements as well.  They say that's how the newer signs indicating travel times are computed.

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3 hours ago, voljeep said:

who knows at this point, with contactless cruising, if an RFD card will be available ??

 

Is Princess "REQUIRED" by ADA or others to make that happen, or do 'those' cruisers have a "RIGHT" to cruise on Princess ??

If you read my post #18 you'd have read that regular cards will ALWAYS be available.

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4 hours ago, Daniel A said:

 

I did my first Medallion cruise in February.  Although I enjoyed using it, using the medallion wasn't mandatory.  If you don't want to use the app to get your medallion(s) in advance of the cruise, you could still check in the old fashioned way once you arrived at the pier.  You will be issued a medallion at the check in desk in order to initially board the ship, but once on board, you can go to passenger services and get a legacy cruise card and use that instead of a medallion and you can just put the medallion in the cabin safe for the rest of the cruise.

 

A smart phone or tablet is not required for your cruise.  The medallion and MedallionClass App is just an option for those who want to take advantage of the newer technology.

 

My suggestion for those who are leery of the Medallion Class cruises is just book and enjoy the cruise in the manner with which you are familiar.  I'm sure you'll find that it won't be a problem for you at all.  Enjoy!

So if we put the medallions in the safe, they will think we never left our cabin?

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3 minutes ago, ontheweb said:

So if we put the medallions in the safe, they will think we never left our cabin?

I think you're asking this "tongue in cheek" but so others understand it, being in the safe should block the radio signal from being received by the receivers located around the ship.  So the system won't 'see' the medallion.

 

As an aside, when I was on the cruise in February, I used a small tablet to track the whereabouts of family using the app.  Most of the time, by the time I got to where the system said they were, they had moved on and I had to use one of the big screens to locate them since I didn't carry the tablet with me most of the time.  When it said they had gone to a shop or the Passenger Service Desk, they were gone again.  I wasted a lot of time believing it was giving me accurate information.  I gave up on it after a couple of days.

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2 minutes ago, Daniel A said:

I think you're asking this "tongue in cheek" but so others understand it, being in the safe should block the radio signal from being received by the receivers located around the ship.  So the system won't 'see' the medallion.

 

As an aside, when I was on the cruise in February, I used a small tablet to track the whereabouts of family using the app.  Most of the time, by the time I got to where the system said they were, they had moved on and I had to use one of the big screens to locate them since I didn't carry the tablet with me most of the time.  When it said they had gone to a shop or the Passenger Service Desk, they were gone again.  I wasted a lot of time believing it was giving me accurate information.  I gave up on it after a couple of days.

Yes, I should have added an emoji. I almost edited it to do that. But you did say SHOULD block the signal, so you really do not know for sure.

 

I see from your second paragraph that one of the benefits of the medallion that everyone seems to tout, being able to track one another, is in reality worthless.

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When I sailed Caribbean Princess my wife tracked me down twice by using the large touch screens located around the ship.  I would be sitting in a lounge; and she would walk in and tell me how she tracked me down.  We loved the Ocean Medallion program 

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4 minutes ago, ontheweb said:

Yes, I should have added an emoji. I almost edited it to do that. But you did say SHOULD block the signal, so you really do not know for sure.

There are things called faraday cages or faraday bags that will block radio transmissions.  I bought two faraday pouches to hold my medallions so I could block being tracked if I wanted that option.  You could always pick up a faraday container and put the medallions in them before you put them into the safe if you would be that concerned.

 

Here is what I got from Amazon:  Amazon.com: Todoxi Faraday Key Fob Protector (2 Pack) Faraday Bags Car Key Signal Blocking, Car Security Protection Pouch: Car Electronics

 

 

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10 hours ago, love to cruz said:

For business reasons I must leave my phone at home. What will happen when I cruise Medallion?

 

Take the old beater phone out of the drawer, charge it, don't put a SIMM card in it, turn on WIFI, download app.

 

I may do this just because I don't like spurious apps on my active phone. After the cruise, I would reset the old beater phone and put it back in the drawer.

 

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