Two big announcements are coming from Carnival Corporation this week that will give travelers more digital experiences both on board and on land. The innovations come from the line’s O·C·E·A·N experience platform that was announced in January at CES and will make its world debut in mid-November on Regal Princess from Princess Cruises.
The first announcement is OceanView, which is being billed as the first digital streaming channel from a travel provider. Viewers have free access to travel content on land and at sea. The content will be available for download on Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, and Roku on more than 60 of the company’s ships.
The channel will feature a lineup of the company’s four original series that have been broadcast on network and cable TV over the past year, as well as two new direct-to-digital streaming original series, “GO” and “Local Eyes.” More than 100 “Ocean Original” episodes, produced by Carnival Corporation, are slated to be streamed.
It will also showcase new ship christening ceremonies featuring royalty and celebrities, as well as the process of ship design and construction and culinary creations from world-renown chefs.
The second announcement from Carnival is PlayOcean, a line of original mobile games and in-person experiences that allows both guests and consumers to play.
PlayOcean Everywhere will include free-to-play mobile games that are available on any smart device through Apple’s iTunes and the Google Play store. While the mobile app is just for fun, PlayOcean Casino can be played onboard for real money and will be available this November.