Ok, by now you probably already have heard how big the Norwegian Epic is and the fact that they even will bring a guitar to your room so you can jam out on board (into your headset of course). But did you know that they are also breaking down the old boring cruise ship image by injecting tons of new technology in other areas as well. This even includes bringing the casino right into your stateroom for games like slots and video poker.
Digi HD™ Interactive Television
Norwegian Epic's Digi HD™ Interactive Television, or ITV, was created by Allin Interactive. Using the in-room television, guests scroll through a wheel of options to make reservations for entertainment performances, book shore excursions, check their shipboard account, and select from a large library of first-run on-demand movies. A highlight of Norwegian Epic's ITV is the DigiCasino™, which extends the casino into guest staterooms, allowing them to play popular games such as slots and video poker. An interactive cashier enables guests to purchase and redeem gaming credits that can be used for interactive play. All purchases made through ITV are applied to the guest's shipboard account.
Youfinder® Facial Recognition System
Another hi-tech innovation on board Norwegian Epic is the Youfinder® facial recognition software, created by Image. When guests board Norwegian Epic, their picture is taken and linked to their cruise card. This provides Image’s proprietary indexing system, YouFinder®, with the ability to match guests’ faces and identification details anytime a photo is taken afterwards. Using both facial recognition and patented indexing techniques, Youfinder® provides the most accurate linking of guests to their photos. When guests want to view and purchase their photos, they go to an on-board kiosk, swipe their cruise card and they can immediately view their cruise memories. From this, they can order select images and have them printed out by the ship's photo team or they can order a CD with all images and take it home.