Cruising is one of the most exciting ways to see the world. Along with the luxury of always having somewhere comfortable to rest after exploring a new country, the convenience of everything being in one place is an obvious attraction for many travellers. But there are somethings you’ll need to work out for yourself, such as how to order a meal in a foreign language, or what to pack for the journey. Why not embrace technology and accept help from some of the top apps for cruisers? In this article, we look at some of our favourites.
Once you have all the preparations out of the way for your holiday you can sit back, relax and explore the world at your leisure. To help you get this part done, TripIt is an extremely useful app. TripIt creates a hub for your cruise itineraries, flight details, hotel bookings, transfer reservations and more. You can even use it to set check-in reminders and for other alerts. The app is available via the App Store and Google Play.
When you hop off the cruise ship in a new city, it can be a little daunting. There will inevitably be places you want to see, but you’ll need to work out how to get to them. To help you navigate the city, download Citymapper. This incredible app will help you to work out how to travel from one place to another, and tell you exactly which mode of transport or route to take. Already highly popular among Londoners, Citymapper can help you in almost 40 cities, including Stockholm, Barcelona and Lisbon. Download the app via the App Store and Google Play.
To translate signs or menus quickly and easily, the Google Translate app is essential. All you need to do is hold your camera up to the text you’d like to translate, and Google will translate it for you instantly. The app is completely free to download from the App Store and Google Play.
With exchange rates always fluctuating, it’s difficult to keep track of how much you’re actually spending on holiday. That’s where XE Currency comes in. This useful app allows you to calculate currencies on the go all over the world. Use it to check up to date exchange rates and calculate prices on your phone. XE Currency is available to download from the App Store and Google Play.
One of the best parts of taking a cruise holiday is that everything is ready for you on board. There’s no stress of lugging your bags around or constantly checking in and out of hotels. But one unavoidable task is packing. If you find that no matter how frugally you pack your suitcase, it’s still overflowing, PackPoint might be the app for you. It offers personalised packing suggestions based on your answers to a few easy questions, such as when and where you’re travelling and which activities you might take part in. PackPoint is available on the App Store and Google Play.
When you arrive in a new country or city, it’s helpful to know where is good to eat and which attractions are worth dedicating some time to. Millions of TripAdvisor users share their thoughts on restaurants and attractions worldwide, so you can plan your itinerary and visit the very best in the port. You can also download maps and check out free walking tours to get a better insight into the town or city. Download the TripAdvisor app from the App Store and Google Play.
While no one wants choppy seas on their cruise holiday, as we all know, the weather can be incredibly unpredictable. If you are concerned about seasickness, this app may be helpful. Motion sickness (kinetosis) is a condition which sees an unbalance between visually perceived movement and the vestibular system’s sense of movement. This unique app works by providing a visual guide to movements. Position and secure your iOS device in front of you (like a virtual window) and focus on the balancing line. For more information on how SicNoMore works, and to download the app, take a look at the App Store.
Part of the charm of being in a foreign country is listening to a new language. And while muddling through ordering your food at a restaurant or asking for directions can be entertaining, sometimes it’s nice to get some help. One of the most useful apps is iTranslate Voice, which allows users to speak into the phone before automatically translating it and playing it back to you in your chosen language. With over 40 languages available, we think you may find this very handy when you’re cruising around the world. The app is available to download from the App Store and Google Play.
We rely on our smartphones so much these days that it’s a bit of a pain to be without Wi-Fi while you’re out and about. Wi-Fi Finder helps you to find a free or paid internet connection whether you’re online or offline. Search for Wi-Fi hotspots around you in a new town or city, view the exact details and get directions, all from your phone. Download Wi-Fi Finder for your cruise holiday on the App Store.
Create a digital journal of your travels so you can look back on your holiday with LiveTrekker. The app tracks you as you go, marking the route using a red line. For many adventurers it can be fun to see exactly which route you’ve taken on your travels. As well as simply tracking your journey, you can add photos, videos, audios and text along the way, so you have an interactive map of your holiday. Download this fun app on the App Store and Google Play.
Embracing technology can make your cruise holiday even more relaxing. When you’re discovering new cities and cultures on your cruise around the world, a little encouragement from some useful apps can really enhance your experience. Are there any travel apps you swear by? We’d love to hear your recommendations!