Discounts on cruses? I'm there!
First it's shopping, then it's cruise ships.
Looking for a vacation cruise to Alaska? Well Apple may have you covered. Today, a patent application emerged showing that the Cupertino-based gadget maker has expressed some interest in developing "systems and methods for accessing cruise services using a portable electronic device."
Yeah, a portable electronic device like the iPhone or iPod Touch, maybe even the iPad. It's an interesting idea, but again one of those that makes us say, "they can patent that?"
Here is a description of the patent:
This is directed to systems and methods for accessing cruise services using a single, integrated application available to a portable electronic device. Through the integrated application, a user can access and control cruise services throughout all aspects of the cruise experience, including before booking a cruise, before boarding a cruise, while on the cruise ship, when a cruise ship is docked at a port, and after the cruise has finished. In some embodiments, the integrated application can provide the user with notifications of available cruise activities. For example, unsold cruise activities for cruise activities that can be purchased can be identified. The user can then be provided with a notification of the unsold cruise activity, provided with an option to purchase the unsold cruise activity, or both.
Next time you go on one of those Carnival cruise ships or whatever they're called, maybe you can have your iPhone do all the scheduling and booking for you.
Personally, I remember watching these commercials as a kid and totally wanting to go. It never happened: