MiamiHerald / This is not your grandma’s cruise anymore.

The cruising industry is at the cusp of a technological revolution that, for the most part, spells good news for consumers. In the next five years, the new normal in cruising is going to be a better-connected voyage that will largely do away with lines and waiting — some of the factors that deter travelers from cruising to begin with.

In the past year, the four top cruise companies — Carnival Corporation, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings and MSC Cruises — have all come out with tech that promises to make cruising a less cumbersome experience. Most of it incorporates facial recognition and geo-location.

It seems like it has really been on the horizon for a while but everybody has been coming out with their product right about now.

Colleen McDaniel, senior executive editor at


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