When you’re not on a cruise, you’re planning one (or multiple). Sometimes you’re planning the next one while on the current one! Fortunately, there are a lot of applications out there to help.
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1. ShipMate  
Whether you’re looking to find out where your favorite ship is today, set a countdown clock, ask questions of passengers who’ve already sailed the itinerary you’re considering, or get info about ports from around the world, this app will help you out. My favorite feature? The “User Gallery” section is basically Instagram for cruisers.

2. Google Translate 
The app works offline if you download the language you’ll be translating, and you don’t need to be connected to data for it to work.  You can also use your phone’s camera and Google Translate will instantly translate any signs to English.  Very helpful when you are walking the streets and need to find the subway or maybe a bathroom.

3. Mobile Passport 
Not every port accepts Mobile Passport yet, but give them time. Right now guests sailing just about any ship out of Port Everglades or catching a flight at 20 major airports can use this app. What does it do? Four words: help you disembark quicker. No more filling out those pesky customs forms, because now you can do it right on your phone. This only works in conjunction with a passport and will not work if you cruise with a birth certificate.

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