Friday, January 6, 2017

Use these onboard apps for your cruise!


While aboard the Star Princess, I couldn’t help but marvel at how useful the Princess@Sea onboard app for my phone was!

The app allowed me to message other guests to make plans. I could look up what activities were happening right then, and plan activities for the next day. It listed my onboard spending so that I could track it and curb it before anything got out of hand. I even found it useful for finding the nearest bathroom to my current location!

I hope this app guide encourages you to download the free apps connected to your cruise line before you next sail. I think that you will appreciate having them handy!
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Carnival Hub App (Carnival)
Use the Carnival app to  track your spending and check the up-to-date schedule feature.

  • The Carnival Hub App is available on select ships for iphones and Android phones.
  • Like the best apps, the Hub App has a customizable schedule.
  • The food and drink section of the app provides schedules for the various food options and bars.
  • The ship map has interactive deck plans, and account information for you to keep track of your purchases while onboard.
  • There is a chat feature but it is not free.





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These app relates to the Cunard website rather than functioning as an onboard app. Only the Celebrity’s Fortunes free casino gaming app are intended for primary use onboard.
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My Costa Mobile (Costa)
My Costa Mobile is the most straightforward app of them all. It allows you to chat, learn about your itinerary and check the weather.

  • MyCosta Mobile App is available for iPhone, Android, and iPad.
  • This app has FREE chat feature that lets you Call or Chat with other passengers onboard!
  • The cruise navigator is great for learning about the ports of call. It also provides weather updates which is a super helpful feature!






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Cunard App (Cunard)
This app relates to the Cunard website rather than functioning as an onboard app.
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Holland
This author has not found an onboard Holland app at this time. However, Holland does have a cool Glacier Bay podcast series for their Alaska voyages.
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One neat feature of this app is the ability to chat for FREE one on one or in a group chat.

  • Disney Navigator App is available for iPhone, Android, and iPad.
  • The chat feature on this app is FREE and has a group chat feature.
  • It provides the ship deck plan which is very helpful for finding bathrooms!
  • The daily program is updated and customizable so you can save the events that you want to go to.
  • You also can get up-to-date details on character experiences, parties, dining, movies and live shows, the spa, youth clubs, pool times, and ports of call.



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MSC Traveller is available for use on the MSC Divina, MSC Preziosa, and MSC Magnifica. This is one of the most unique apps with a location feature and 24/7 news updates.

  • This app is completely free and is available in 6 languages!
  • It provides up-to-date information about the ship, route, conditions at sea, and onboard promotions.
  • The Daily program is customizable to your favorite activities, and there is a location feature that lets others know where you are!
  • It provides FREE instant messaging and 24/7 world news updates!
  • You can reserve shore excursions and dinner reservations from the app.
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ICongierge is available for use on almost all of the ships except for the Norwegian Sky.

  • It is available for download on iPhones, Android, Windows phone, and iPad.
  • You can use it to preview and book shore excursions, create restaurant reservations, or reserve entertainment.
  • It provides updated information about your cruise rewards and has a folio review.
  • There is a schedule with daily activities, plus general information about onboard services, spa services, shopping, entertainment information, and restaurant information and menus.
  • This app does have a messaging and calling feature, but it is not free.

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Princess@Sea (Princess)
This is the app that inspired this article!

  • This app has an events calendar that you can customize to show just the events that most interest you.
  • It has a FREE messaging app that is very handy when you’re spread all about a large ship.  
  • It has account details so that you can monitor your onboard spending.
  • It has destination guides that tell you about each of your ports on a clickable version of your itinerary.
  • It has ship venue details with hours, menus, and deck plans. I personally found the deck plans especially helpful for finding the nearest bathroom to your current location!
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ROYAL IQ (Royal Caribbean)
This app is not available on all of the ships, only the newest four: Quantum, Anthem, Ovation, and Harmony.

  • Available for Ipads, Iphones and Android phones
  • This app has an events calendar that you can customize to show just the events that most interest you.
  • You can use it to book shore excursions, reserve dining or entertainment, and modify existing reservations







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