With the proliferation of smart phones, tablets, and phablets, having travel apps at the touch of a finger can aid your planning as you count down the days until your next cruise. Here are some of the best travel apps for cruisers.
Ship Mate – If you could only download one app to your smartphone or tablet, it should be the Ship Mate app. There is an individual app for each cruise line, or a main app that has all of the cruise lines listed.
The most popular feature of this app is the countdown to your next cruise. You can also view deck plans for your ship, itinerary, and read short reviews from other cruisers. There is also a tab to view and purchase excursions in each port that you visit. It is worth nothing that excursions booked through this app are with a 3rd party and not with the cruise line. This a free app.
TripIt – TripIt Travel Organizer is a great way to stay organized with flights, hotel, and rental cars. It is like having a personal assistant in the palm of your hand. You can sync your travel plans with your online or mobile calendar. There is a free version (with ads) and a one for 99 cents that has no ads.
Google Translate – This is one handy app when traveling to countries where English is not the native language. You can speak into the app and the app will not only translate what you said, but also speak back in the language that you choose. This not only comes in handy when in port (although in the tourist areas most if not all speak English), but you can surprise your room steward with a greeting in their native tongue. This is a free app.
Cruise Radio Live – This app from Doug Parker at Cruise Radio lets you listen to his weekly cruise radio show that is full of cruise tips, news and reviews. You can also watch exclusive videos from ports and ships as well as behind the screens interviews.
Kayak – This is app is great for quickly looking up and comparing prices on hotels, flights, and rental cars. If you ever find yourself in a pinch and need quick pricing, this is the perfect all. Kayak is a free app.
Cruise Ship Data – This cruise app has data on virtually every cruise ship. The data includes the class of the ship, year it was built, number of passengers it can carry, size of the ship, and the length, beam and draft. This is a free app.
iCruise – I’ve used the iCruise app quite a bit whenever I have been looking to search for cruises at a certain price or during a certain week. The great thing about the app is that you can search by port, cruise line, or just lowest price possible and see all the cruises listed in whatever order you choose. It’s great for seeing what’s available quickly at a glance and it’s usually one of my first stops when looking to book a cruise.