London, 16 December 2019: In a cruise industry first, Cunard has joined forces with ‘Cool Cousin’, a travel technology company which provides off-the-beaten track recommendations from locals in each port.
The 200 destination guides can be downloaded 15 days before setting off, perfect for those keen to start planning and maximise their shore experience.
As experts, ‘Cool Cousin’ are local residents who make informed recommendations on what to do and where, from the best restaurants and hidden gems to city landmarks. Art enthusiasts can look forward to exploring little-known galleries, coffee lovers can sample delicious beans in locally-loved cafes, and fashion junkies can discover rare labels in hidden boutiques.
Sam Cole, Shore Experiences Director, Cunard, said: “The Cunard customer is becoming ever more curious and adventurous, seeking authentic recommendations. These guides are powered by locals, which makes it easier for our guests to seek out unique experiences in every destination they visit.”
Callum Hale-Thomson, Cool Cousin’s Vice President of Business Development, said: “We are delighted to be working with Cunard to help their guests unlock unforgettable local experiences in hundreds of ports across the globe. By leveraging machine learning, AI and the power of local knowledge, our dynamic sourcing engine identifies the best places to eat, drink and explore in each port, providing guests with a curated guide delivered straight to their mobile device.”
Printed versions of the guides will be available for guests once on board, with this service being rolled out across the fleet between January and July 2020.