Carnival Corporation-owned cruise line Princess Cruises has announced the introduction of Ocean Sportsbook, a real-time sports wagering option to be made available to guests on its MedallionClass cruise ships.
The sportsbook will offer customers the opportunity to bet on major sports competitions including professional and college football, basketball, baseball and hockey, as well as a variety of other domestic and international events.
When the ship is in international waters, or where permitted by law, guests will be able to wager on sports events via the MedallionClass app, as well as place prop bets during live events taking place during the cruise.
The app will also provide the opportunity to place bets on future competitions occurring after the trip ends.
Ocean Sportsbook has been built in partnership with software developer Miomni, and will be available on all Princess MedallionClass ships upon approval to return to service in 2021.
The sportsbook is part of Ocean Casino, an online experience which allows guests to play games outside the ships’ physical casinos.
MedallionClass vacations are already enabled by OceanMedallion, a wearable device which allows for touchless embarkation and disembarkation, commerce and keyless stateroom entry.
“On Princess MedallionClass cruises our guests can stay connected with their friends and family around the world, and now with Ocean Sportsbook, they can also stay connected to their favorite teams and wager on a host of events whenever they sail with us,” said Jan Swartz, president of Princess Cruises.
“Taking a cruise vacation no longer means being disconnected from a big game, an iconic event or friends and family.”
John Padgett, chief experience and innovation officer for Carnival Corporation, added: “A fully-connected guest experience now goes well beyond a superior Wi-Fi position, and Ocean Sportsbook reinforces the unparalleled position MedallionClass enjoys in the industry,”
“Wagering is now seamlessly fused into the overall guest experience in both digital and physical interactions all powered by the OCEAN Guest Experience Platform.”
In addition to the Ocean Sportsbook, Miomni announced last year that it would introduce its exchange betting offering, MiOffer, into the US market in 2021.