This month, China’s SkySea Cruise Line will begin accepting direct bookings on its upgraded website and roll out Alipay mobile payment on its SkySea Golden Era ship.
Launching on September 12, the upgraded website will feature a direct booking function, alongside new features such as Quick Booking and Online Room Selection.
Using the Quick Booking tool, guests will be able to participate in online sales events without having to fill in all the passenger information initially. In addition, the online room selection feature will allow guests to choose their preferred room in advance, akin to pre-selecting seats on a flight, which SkySea says would facilitate the process for guests looking to select rooms near friends and family.
From September 17, the Alipay payment option will be introduced on SkySea Golden Era, allowing guests to make payment instantly instead of having to link their credit card to their room or pay a fixed deposit.
Guests will be able to use their mobile phone-bound Alipay accounts for most ship purchases, including at the service center, restaurants, bars and duty-free shops.