Royal Caribbean Cruises International (NYSE: RCL) said it is providing its 40,000 crew members with Windows 8.1 tablets.
Crew members of Royal Caribbean´s newest ship, Quantum of the Seas, will be the first to receive the 8-inch Windows-based tablets built by HEXA for the cruise line. The tablets will feature services such as Bing, Skype, Office 365 and OneDrive. Rollout will begin in October and is expected to be completed by the end of December with every shipboard employee in the Royal Caribbean fleet receiving a tablet.
The Quantum of the Seas will include Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) technology onboard as well. Guests aboard the Quantum will be able to take advantage of Xbox One consoles on board to play games with friends around the world or enjoy entertainment at sea — all available for the first time through Xbox Live and via the ship´s unprecedented connectivity. The new ship also will leverage a mobile point-of-sale system that is powered by Dell (NASDAQ: DELL) Venue 8 Pro tablets featuring the VeriFone payment sleeve, which includes card swipe, bar code reader and RFID reader.