(1:55 p.m EDT) — Azamara Journey entered dry dock in the Bahamas today. During the five-day process, the ship will receive a host of upgrades and refurbishments previously announced in June – as well as a complete technology overhaul.
"While it’s important to relax and recharge while on vacation and relish the time spent off-the-grid, the reality for too many people is that staying connected is essential for work and for personal matters," said Larry Pimentel, president and CEO of Azamara Club Cruises. "As someone who stays connected no matter where I am in the world, having technologies like Pervasive Wi-Fi and interactive TV are a must… As our ships undergo major upgrades from bow to stern, we looked at all of the physical luxuries as well as the services and amenities we provide. These technology upgrades were important to ensure we are delivering to our guests the most modern experience possible."
The new "Pervasive Wi-Fi" system will provide faster onboard Internet connectivity from anyplace on the ship. New interactive TVs in all cabins will feature a menu of new options including movies on demand, live TV, lecturer schedules, port information, weather updates and navigational information. Passengers will also be able to book shore excursion via the TVs, as well order room service.
In the Deck 4 Inspiration Center, passengers will be able to plan their next Azamara voyage using a 98-inch touchscreen to find out about future sailings and the ports the cruise line visits.
Passengers in The Living Room and Drawing Room will be able to use interactive tabletops to surf social media sites, send ready-made digital postcards to friends or design their own art using a Scribble app.
Azamara Journey emerges from dry dock January 27; Azamara Quest begins its dry dock April 2016 in Singapore, where it will receive the same upgrades as Journey.