Smart phones make life easier in so many ways, including preparing for and taking a cruise. From helping you pack to mapping a port city, downloadable phone apps have replaced pen, paper and guidebooks as the way du jour to jot reminders and research information. Multiple developers have created similar apps, so we weeded through them all and selected the best free apps for helping you cruise. While most of these apps have advertising-free versions with more features for a fee (usually 99 cents to $2.99 each), we felt the freeware versions were more than sufficient.
Fortunately, many apps do not need live wireless signals, which aren’t always available at sea. Before relying on apps that do require wireless connections (which we’ve noted); check with your cell phone service provider to make sure you have the appropriate service plan, or else you may accrue exorbitant roaming charges.
Have your own favorite app you use for cruising? Tell us about it in the comments.
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