Have smart-phone, will travel. Check out the following Brownell tested smart-phone apps and download them to your smart-phone before your next cruise.
Set sail from your sofa! The Cruise Cam app lets you sail the high sighs and visit hundreds of ports of call from your smartphone. Cruise Cam features cameras on a dozen different cruise lines and onboard close to 200 ships. You enjoy the view straight from the bridge. While you’re sipping your virtual cocktail you can also blow the ships horn for a refill! Now that’s service! We love this app because it’s a great way to visit your itinerary ports before you go. What a great way to anticipate your trip!
Porthole Cruise Magazine
The digital issue of the popular Porthole cruise magazine, puts news, reviews and tips at your fingertips. This is a paid app, $19.99 for 6 issues annually, but it is free to current subscribers. We especially like the content devoted to onboard cuisine.
Packing anxiety can strike even the most experienced traveler, especially when space is at a premium in your stateroom. Travel List makes packing a snap. You create your lest with helpful preset items, organized by category. It can be edited and changed to accommodate individual needs and you can print a simple list to check off as you pack. You can also set alerts to remind you to pack your chargers or check-in with the pet sitter!
Postcard On the Run
Create and mail REAL postcards directly from your iPhone or Anroid! This has got to be one of the coolest apps available for travelers. Just like the app promises, you “snap, tap and send anywhere in the world!” It’s easy and user-friendly, no complicated menus or data input. You snap a picture, type a message, sign with your fingertip and send. Your friends and family will receive an actual post card in the mail a few days later. Who knew sending a postcard would be such a novelty!
Cruise Ship Mate
This app has full itinerary from several cruise lines including Brownell favorites, Celebrity, Disney, HAL, Oceania and Azamara. Select your next itinerary and enjoy special features like a cruise countdown clock, deck plans, ship info, port info (history, maps, locations and weather), and ship trackers. The best part of this app – you do not need to be connected to the Internet to use this onboard.
Perhaps you’ve read the news lately and thought to yourself, “If I were Carnival Corp CEO Micky Arison, I would do it differently!!!” Well, now’s your chance! This business management simulation app puts you at the head of the conference table as a Cruise Tycoon. Once you start a game, you have one small ship in your fleet. After you create a new itinerary and sail date, your ship sets sail. To grow your empire, you can buy new ships, hire new captains and open up new routes. You must keep a close eye on client and crew satisfaction and manage your margins by developing new shore excursions and marketing promotions.
Named a top 5 travel app by CNN, Gate Guru helps airport captives locate the shops, restaurants, amenities, maps and useful tips. It can be helpful in tight connections, but even more so when you have time to linger. You can search all terminals with just a tap or two and find the perfect watering hole or restaurant to burn some time before your connecting flight. You can also input your itinerary for push notifications for flight status and changes.