For cruise passengers looking to play Pokémon Go onboard, one provider of connectivity services to cruise lines, Harris Caprock, has said it is up to the lines themselves.
“Decisions regarding customer connectivity are left up to the cruise lines. The cruise lines could decide that they want to an application and then Harris CapRock would use a variety of methods to accomplish this if needed,” said Will Mudge, Strategic Product Marketing Manager, Strategy & Marketing, Harris CapRock.
In most instances, the connectivity companies will provide authorized app access using a specific platform for passengers to access the internet.
“There are no challenges from a technical standpoint but safety would be a concern with people roaming decks with their heads down,” Mudge told Cruise Industry News. “This also seems to be a challenge for the game itself since the PokeStops or gyms are tied to GPS coordinates. Static items can be incorporated but constantly moving vessels will be a challenge.”
Ships would also need to be mapped, adding specific Pokestops and gyms onboard.