As ships get larger and more complex, it can be confusing to get from one location to another. The cruise lines have employed various technologies to make finding your way a breeze. The best improvement is the "way finder" which was introduced on Royal Caribbean Oasis and Allure of the Seas. This touch screen allows you to map your route, find your current location, find out what's currently happening and much more. They are located throughout the ship nearby elevators.
While navigation is an important capability with the digital signs, equally important is helping you plan your day. On Disney Dream for example, you can find hours of operation and movie selection for Buena Vista Theatre, you can learn about It's a Small World Nursery and their hours of operation, and find out when and where your favorite Disney characters will be making an appearance.
When & Where to Eat
The first to pioneer relaxed dining times was Norwegian Cruise line with their Freestyle Dining program. At first you'd have to call to find out if there was availability, but they were among the first to implement digital touch screens to assist you in planning your meals.
These are just a few of the ways you can use to navigate the cruise ships of today. We'll complete the story in another article.