Luxury Cruise Apps for Boomers Updated: 05.01.2018
Since November 2013, we’ve been sharing our recommendations for best luxury cruise apps for boomers. This is the most recent update that includes eliminating apps that are no longer published, plus we introduce you to our latest finds. If you’re an app user who’s also a luxury cruiser, bookmark this page so that you don’t miss any updates. Or subscribe to the My Itchy Travel Feet Weekly Broadcast so you’ll be the first to know.
The Best Luxury Cruise Apps
Taking a luxury cruise is a great way to leave your worries behind as you turn off that pesky computer and ship off to any number of fascinating destinations. And although taking a long cruise vacation is one of the best ways to combine relaxation with travel, it doesn’t have to mean cutting yourself off from all forms of technology. In fact, most cruise lines are up to their lido deck with various cruise apps, designed to make the best out of your sailing days.
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No matter your travel style, staying organized and up-to-date makes travel easier. And ease equals luxury in our book. Yay for technology! We’ve found apps for packing, avoiding sea sickness, converting money, port guides, staying fit and so much more. So download our recommendations for top cruise apps for boomers (or anyone who likes to cruise) before your next sailing to make your trip the best it can be.
Plan your cruise with an app
Skyscanner iOS App Download or Skyscanner Android App Download is our preferred tool for researching flights to find the most convenient flights with the best prices. After choosing the flight that’s right for us, we go to the airline website to see if their price matches the one we found on Skyscanner. Be sure to download the Skyscanner free app before planning your next cruise.
Pack The Bag Pro takes the stress out of packing. If you’re about to embark on a cruise, use Pack the Bag Pro to ensure that you have everything you need while on board without overstuffing your suitcase. Available on iTunes for $1.99.
Cruise Ship Mate is often hailed as the number one app for cruisers and for good reason. Cruise Ship Mate has all you’ll need to plan an amazing time on-board and off. Organize your cruise itinerary, daily excursions, deck maps and even reach out to fellow shipmates through the Roll Call function. Available for free on iTunes and Android.
Cruise Finder is a great way to find the cruise of your dreams. If you’re thinking about a cruise, but get a little dizzy at all the options out there, let Cruise Finder lead you to daily cruise travel deals. But remember our advice about booking with a reputable travel advisor for the best service and value. Available for free on both iPhones and Android.
Enjoy shipboard life with these apps
SicNoMore addresses an all too common problem on cruises: sea sickness. It’s actually a lot less common than one would think, until one gets sea sick and then, it’s the pits. According to SicNoMore, the app provides “a visual guide to movements by providing a virtual horizon. This allows your brain to synchronize both information from your eyes and from your inner ear.” Available for iPhones $2.99
White Noise Free: sounds for sleep and relaxation app is a great way to get some much-needed sleep while travel and it’s especially helpful on cruises. Depending on the cruise ship, passengers may or may not have the most comfortable beds, which makes sleeping peacefully difficult. Some people also swear by white noise when experiencing seasickness. Available on iTunes and Android for free.
Cruise Card Control is one very useful app for monitoring spending while on a cruise. With all the little charges that add up here and there, who hasn’t had a bit of a shock moment when they pay that final bill? With Cruise Card Control you can create expense categories, double check bills for accuracy and cost compare with past cruises. Available for iPhones only. $2.99
Cruise Critic Forums app lets users keep up with cruise forums while on the go. Use the roll call function to see other Cruise Critic members on your cruise. It’s a social networking app just for cruisers and a great way to meet new friends while enjoying your cruise. Available on iTunes for free.
Cruise Cams app lets you virtually connect to daily cruise life through various webcams installed on nearly 100 ships on a variety of different cruise lines. Additionally, the app gives you access to more than 150 port cams from around the world. Available for $1.99 on iTunes.
MyFitnessPal app is a helpful resource for anyone who’d like to make healthy choices while cruising. Although a summer cruise is the perfect time to relax and enjoy the exquisite food available, it’s always a good idea to show some restraint and of course, move that body! My Fitness Pal lets you count calories while keeping track of your physical exercise rate so that you’re not left feeling guilty at the end of a great vaca. So, let’s not say its a weight loss app, but a total, all-in-one health-focused tool. Available on iTunes and Android for free.
Cruise Tycoon app isn’t really a useful app, per se, but it certainly is fun! If you’ve ever thought of running your own cruise company, Cruise Tycoon lets you start your own cruise line, creating new cruise routes and set up sailing schedules. It’s a great way to see the business side of cruising while actually cruising. Available on iTunes and Android for $1.99
Star Walk app is for those stargazers out there. What better way to end a night of dining and dancing than staring up at the star-lit sky over the open sea? Star Walk is an augmented-reality app that allows users to see stars, satellites and constellations in real time just by tilting your device toward the sky. It will also list the names of the stars and constellations just by tapping the screen. You can also take a screen shot of the sky and post it to your social media accounts. Available on iTunes and Android for $4.99.
Use these cruise apps while in port
Converter Plus is especially useful on cruises with different ports. Unlike trips where you tend to get a hold on the local currency after the first few days, if you’re stopping at multiple ports with different currencies, Converter Plus lets you shop with confidence that you’re not blowing away next month’s mortgage by accident! Available for free on iPhones only. Free OR USE THISE ONE: XE Currency Pro app takes the hassle out of money conversion. If you’re on a tight cruise excursion schedule, the last thing you want to be doing is wasting time trying to convert money while shopping. Available on iTunes $2.79.
Read our first-person shore excursion reviews before your next cruise.
HelpCall is one of those amazing apps that hopefully, you’ll never have to use. In emergencies, Help Call lets you call emergency numbers wherever you are. It supports 126 countries and in times of emergency situations, even lets you dial by shaking the phone. Available for iPhones only. Free
Sitata Travel Safe app is a great way to stay safe while traveling, especially on a cruise ship. The app will alert you if your destination is experiencing extreme weather, political upheavals, disease outbreaks, etc. It also has an offline database of local police and ambulance numbers for every country on your cruise stops. Available on iTunes for free.
Explore on your own with port guide apps
Lonely Planet Guides app offers 200 city guides to cover your time in port. Although the app is free to download at the Apple App store or on Google Play, in-app purchases range from $1.99 to $5.99 per guide.
Having cruised five times on South Pacific cruises that traveled to Tahiti, we obviously have a use for South Pacific cruise apps:
The Islands of Tahiti – Official Guide – Tahiti Tourisme app gives us the skinny on visiting one of the South Pacific’s most beloved sites. Even if you’re looking for off-the-beaten-path destinations, this app will give you the basic information to plan your own itinerary around the major sites. Full of useful information from opening times, directions, maps, photos, videos, etc. Available for free on iTunes.
Fiji Islands Offline Map Travel Guide has all the details to plan an incredible trip through the South Pacific’s most exotic location. This app has everything you need to plan your trip beforehand as well as useful, in-the-moment information such as GPS-based maps, directions, hotel and restaurant information and popular tourist sites on the island. Available for $5.99 on iTunes.
Need an app for getting there? You’ll find it in our Travel Apps For Your Next Trip ebook!