Royal Caribbean just bought 40,000 Windows tablets

40,000 cruise ship employees with Royal Caribbean International are set to receive a Windows tablet as part of their effort and to improve customers experiences while on-board.

The announcement, made on the Windows for your business blog is not only good news for employees of the company, but also for Windows tablets too.

“The Royal Caribbean men and women who provide such great vacations are the real heroes of our fleet and these gifts demonstrate our appreciation in a tangible way,” Richard D. Fain, chairman and CEO, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd said. “This technology isn't only about giving our guests a better vacation – it’s also about giving our crew and their families a closer connection than we’ve ever been able to”

The move to Windows tablets isn’t the only technology change for Royal Caribbean, with the company’s latest cruise ship, “Quantum of the Seas” containing gadgets such as RFID WOWband wristbands to purchase items and serve as your room key on-board, high-speed Wi-Fi access and access to Xbox Live. It will also have the “Bionic bar” which will become the first robotic bar in the world, with robotic arms making cocktails and drinks for customers.

Microsoft said in a statement to Neowin that the device selected for this deployment was an eight-inch Windows tablet built for Royal Caribbean International by HEXA who is based in China. It’s powered by an Intel BayTrail quad-core processor, equipped with Windows 8.1 with Bing.

The company plans to have the 40,000 Windows tablets in the hands of employees by the end of October this year, around the same time their new cruise ship will launch.

Source: Windows Blog. Image Credit: Royal Caribbean

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With all of the Surface Pro 3 tablets that are overheating, perhaps they could use them on an Alaskan cruise in case it gets a little cold, or they need to melt their way out of the ice. :)

They offer cheap or free cruise if you answer a phone survey. Then when you get there you learn that there's added fees and such that you must pay. They call at my home once a week. Not sure it is this company though but i remember hearing this name somewhere. A guy who post on neowin did a blog post about it a while ago. http://www.welivesecurity.com/2012/06/15/close-call-with-a-caribbean-cruise-line-scam/

LaP said,
They offer cheap or free cruise if you answer a phone survey. Then when you get there you learn that there's added fees and such that you must pay. They call at my home once a week. Not sure it is this company though but i remember hearing this name somewhere. A guy who post on neowin did a blog post about it a while ago. http://www.welivesecurity.com/2012/06/15/close-call-with-a-caribbean-cruise-line-scam/

you must really be daft for believing "free trip for a survey"

Hello,

Royal Caribbean Cruises is a legitimate cruise line. They have been around for over 45 years and operate over 20 ships, including two "Oasis class" ships with a gross tonage of 225,282 tons each, and capable of sleeping over 6,000 people. In comparison, the USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77), the largest US supercarrier, is 102,000 tons and has a complement of about 3,200.

Caribbean Cruise Line is the company which is involved in the scam. They use the MS Bahamas Celebration, a converted car ferry, as their cruise ship. The ship itself is owned by Celebration Cruise Holdings and operated by the Celebration Cruise Line, if Wikipedia is to be believed.

Regards,

Aryeh Goretsky

P.S. I am the author of http://www.welivesecurity.com/2012/05/21/press-one-if-by-lan-two-if-by-sea.

P.P.S. I am part owner of a travel agency that specializes is cruise vacations.

LaP said,
Royal Caribbean ... Is it not the company who try to scam canadians on a regular basis?

It would be pretty generous if they were all SP3s for personal enjoyment. Can't beat the flexibility of that implementation. But it looks like these are custom-built devices...and for work-attached purposes, the battery life provided by RT-based devices is a huge advantage.

The device they selected is built by HEXA for Royal Caribbean. It's incredibly thin and light, which will accommodate the very active, very mobile lifestyle of its employees.

On the blog page it says tablets built by HEXA for Royal Caribbean, which could mean this http://hexaelectronics.com/product/hexa-blue-10-windows-tablet/ (their only Windows tablet) or a custom model that we don't know about.

RT defeats the purpose of a business buying into windows. If a business wants RT It'll be more sensible going the android way instead.

gawicks said,
If a business wants RT It'll be more sensible going the android way instead.

Think about that for a second.
That's like saying if a hungry man wants steak, fish is more sensible.

My guess is that these would be used in the various internet cafes on their ships. For that type of implementation I would guess RT would be fine. It would do everything the consumers would want, the only question is if it would give them enough control and accounting.

But why would he want the steak (RT) if the alternative is much better supported? And what are the real plus points RT has over android? I'm not seeing it your way I'm afraid.

RT defeats the purpose of a business buying into windows. If a business wants RT It'll be more sensible going the android way instead.

Really depends on application. From a purely business perspective, it's about the expected hardware capabilities, longevity, ease of deployment and maintenance, compatibility with existing devices and infrastructure, and the ability to run in-house apps - not so much about the ability to install 253 weather apps.

gawicks said,
RT defeats the purpose of a business buying into windows. If a business wants RT It'll be more sensible going the android way instead.

Huh? Care to elaborate on that? And please don't say because Android has an app for that ...

Android has a MUCH bigger and well supported ecosystem. All of those checkboxes can easily be cleared. But I'm afraid RT is no where near that.

Let me make my point clear. All this is in comparison to RT. Android can't hold candle to the usual windows in any way, at least in the enterprise.

Even Windows RT is better than Android for businesses.
It has a full desktop web browser, with support for flash player.
It receives security updates for 5 years (good luck getting more than 1 year of updates for your average android tablet).
Full Office 2013 suite. Support for snapped apps. Support for multiple monitors and keyboard/mouse.

There is a lot a Windows RT device can offer. For a lot of people and some business users, it already offers more than enough feature to replace a Windows/OSX PC.

gawicks said,
Let me make my point clear. All this is in comparison to RT. Android can't hold candle to the usual windows in any way, at least in the enterprise.

It is probably because of Windows' Group Policy feature and existing infrastructure that won it for Windows because IT Admin can control and lock down the device, and it is easier to integrate to the system.

Yes, Android's ecosystem is big, but it doesn't mean that it is good fit or solution for this particular solution. You would probably see more Apple than Android when it comes to that enterprise market.