Case Studies

All-round digital experience for cruise passengers

4 min read

Published on April 22, 2024

Solutions: DXP – Digital Experience Platforms
Travel, Leisure & Transport
All-round digital experience for cruise passengers
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TUI Cruises, the leading cruise operator in Germany, faced challenges with digitalizing the entire customer journey and creating a seamless customer experience. In close collaboration with TUI, we developed a comprehensive digital infrastructure that connects the ‘My Trip’ booking portal, the app as well as cabin TV and multiscreens on board. By digitalizing and integrating all touch points, we extended passengers' anticipation of the trip and create an unforgettable experience during and after the cruise.


Context & Challenges

TUI Cruises, a joint venture between TUI AG and Royal Caribbean Cruises. With seven ships, this makes them one of the biggest players in the German cruise market. The partnership brings the cruise line and tour operator business areas under one roof. 

For a long time, the cruise booking process consisted of many individual, predominantly analogue components: booking by phone, checking in with paper tickets and after-sales by direct mail. TUI Cruises wanted to digitalize the entire customer journey and create an all-round digital experience.

What took place in many different stages and at numerous touch points in the analogue world should now be integrated into a uniform process. Holiday research and booking had to be considered, as well as the stay on board, including the information available in the cabins or booking options for excursions, through to customer service after the end of the trip. In short: an all-round digital experience had to be created – far beyond the actual trip.

Our approach and solution

Working closely with TUI Cruises, we developed a comprehensive digital infrastructure that connects all customer touch points. The core of the solution is the integration of the booking and service portal ‘My Trip’, the corresponding app and the onboard systems.

Onboard the ships, we have created a connected multi-screen universe through which guests receive personalized services and offers tailored to their needs. This ranges from exclusive lighting control in the cabin to personalized TV streaming and insights into the route map, all the way to personal travel planning. 

The internet booking engine we designed and developed is also connected to the digital infrastructure, so the user experience begins before the journey even starts, contributing to a perfect stay onboard. Business-relevant systems for booking, mobile ticketing, reservations and the sale of additional services are seamlessly interconnected. 

By digitizing all touch points, we not only extend the passengers' anticipation but also create a cruising experience that goes far beyond the actual journey. The close partnership and continuous support by our digital unit for TUI Cruises enabled the successful implementation of this comprehensive digitalization strategy. Together with TUI Cruises, we have managed to elevate the complete customer experience to a new level. By adding digital touch points to existing analogue customer contact points and linking them into an integrated infrastructure, we were able to create a seamless cruise experience.

Technologies

Booking and service portal "My Trip", mobile app, cabin TV and multi-screens, connected digital infrastructure, internet booking engine (IBE).

Results

  • 01

    Seamless integration

    Ensuring a comprehensive integration of all digital and physical interaction points to provide customers with a seamless experience that blurs the boundaries between the real and virtual worlds.

  • 02

    Personalization

    Thanks to the innovative multi-screen system onboard, we were able to create personalized services and offers that are specifically tailored to the individual preferences and needs of each guest.

  • 03

    Integrated travel experience

    By linking the booking portal, mobile application, and onboard technology, we have ensured a smooth experience from the planning to the execution of the cruise.

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