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Samsung has partnered with a cruise liner to create a new 'smart ship'

Contactless payment is among the technologies leaving dry land as one cruise ship company has unveiled plans for “next generation smart ships”.

MSC Cruises has revealed one of its new ships, MSC Seaview, will be fitted with a host of new technologies designed to improve the experience on-board for guests.

The firm has entered a partnership with technology giant Samsung to support near-field communication (NFC) technology on-board, which enables guests to use a cruise card, bracelet or smartphone to geo-locate themselves or their children, access their cabin or make payments while on-board.

Interactive screens are also being placed around the Seaview that will enable guests to book restaurants and excursions.

Beacon technology will also be used, sending customised, location-based notifications to a user’s phone as they move around the ship. Beacons are triggered when a connected device moves into their vicinity and have previously been used by some high street tours and will form part of the new Wembley Stadium tour.

MSC Seaview is due to take to begin service in June 2018.


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