I’m a certified cruise geek… and I regularly get asked the question “what are the best mobile apps for cruising”?
The key to a good mobile app for cruising is the ability to add value to your cruise experience while not being connected to 3G, 4G, or Wi-Fi.
On a cruise, you want to make sure that you have your phone in Airplane mode once you no longer get cell phone service. If you download data while roaming on a cruise ship your bill will be astronomical.
I use Wi-Fi on a cruise ship sparingly. The connectivity is slow and fairly expensive. With all this said, I continuously use my Samsung Galaxy II smart phone while cruising. 3 mobile apps added a ton of value to my last cruise on the Allure of the Seas.
My 3 Favorite Mobile Apps for Cruising
1. Spotify. Spotify is a mobile music app that facilitates sharing music with your Facebook friends. I have the premium version which requires a $10 monthly payment. With the premium version, I’m able to download up to 3000 songs that I have access to even when not connected to the internet. Listening to my favorite music while working out, laying poolside, or relaxing on the beach makes the experience even better.[box] A mobile app doesn’t have to be built specifically for cruising for it to be a great cruising app. – Tweet This [/box]
2. Evernote. Evernote has quickly become one of my most used apps when I’m not cruising. Evernote is an app that allows me to take notes on my phone that can include photos and audio. These notes live on “the cloud” so I can access them from any computer. From my computer, I can quickly put an important email or webpage into an Evernote and access it later from my phone. The issue with cruising is that if you are not connected to the internet, then you can’t access ‘the cloud’. Which is true, but whenever my phone is connected to the internet it synchs my Evernote app to ‘the cloud’. Therefore, all of my old notes live on my phone and when I write a new note while connected, it will synch to ‘the cloud’ when I return home from the cruise.
Evernote is awesome for saving important information about your cruise and destinations that you want access to while cruising. It is very useful for travel bloggers who want to take notes while cruising. I wrote outlines to several blog posts in Evernote while on my last trip [including this one].
When I getaway and relax, I seem to be full of great business ideas. Evernote is perfect for capturing those ideas while on your cruise.
Even for those of you not cruising in the near future, I totally recommend downloading Evernote.
3. Google+. Google+ is Google’s social media network. While not connected to the internet, it is pretty useless. Except for one piece of functionality that saved me a ton of time after my last cruise. Google+ has the option to allow it to privately upload pictures & video automatically from your phone. So, I captured all of my families pictures and video on my android phone. When I connected to Wi-Fi or when we got back to cell service in Ft Lauderdale, the photos automatically uploaded. Then when I got home, I decided which of the photos to make public. This saved me 45 minutes – 1 hour of time. Here are my Allure of the Seas Photos on Google+.[fblike]
The key to an app being valuable on the cruise is the way it works without connectivity. Please share other mobile apps that you have found useful while cruising in the comments.
Disclosure: Author, Rich Tucker was not paid or asked to recommend any of the apps in this post. We do not accept payment for any posts on CruiseSource. Rich has been on 20+ cruises in the last 5 years… he is a social media & mobile technology fanatic… he was even the first to tweet from a cruise ship.[box] CruiseSource has been recommended by the NY Times multiple times. Click here to Subscribe[/box]