Top Cruise Gadgets Revealed
It wasn’t so long ago that not many cruisers travelled with personal technology – things like smartphones, iPads, and Laptops.
In some respects, it was one of the more appealing aspects of cruising. A great way to disconnect from the world and take a real break and properly unwind.
However, with the advent of the internet, satellites, sophisticated new communications systems and technological investments from the cruise lines, most ships now offer Internet Cafes, Wi-Fi hotspots and full Wi-Fi connectivity throughout the ship. Packages are available for purchase, you can pay-by-the-minute or if you watch out for enticing offers you might get your internet for free!
If you are a tech-savvy cruise traveller, we’ve compiled a list of beneficial cruise travel tech accessories that will make life easier and may even allow you to pack a little lighter.
A selfie stick is not everyone’s favourite gadget, but nevertheless a telescopic selfie stick is actually a very handy gadget to take with you on a cruise. Quite simply the extended arm created by a selfie helps you to take better photos and videos using your mobile phone of Go Pro. If you are short, a selfie stick can be a bonus allowing you raise your camera above the heads of the crowds to capture the photo you want. We always recommend a Selfie Stick Tripod with Remote so you don’t have to fiddle around with timers and the like.
Travel Adapter & Power Strips
Cruise ship staterooms and suites have a definite lack of power outlets. They are often at a low level and secretly hidden behind the furniture. Surprisingly there are few ships with USB charging ports as standard and we always mention this when we cruise. Portable Power Strips or extension cables, particularly ones with surge suppression are being banned by some cruise lines due to safety concerns, but there are multi-output USB chargers that can solve part of this problem. Always ensure you have enough mains adapters to cater for US/European/UK situations.
Retractable Cables & Headphones
Taking a bag full of cables whenever you travel generally means trouble. They tangle so easily and a source of much frustration. Retractable devices for USB cables and Headphones are a must. These accessories are ultra-compact for convenient storage.
In addition to high tech onboard cruise ships, many have amazing state of the art fitness centres plus wellness programs offering not only relaxing spa treatment but also a variety of healthy eateries. If you are into keeping fit, you should use a fitness tracker or watch that checks that you are meeting your activity goals at sea by measuring steps taken, distance travelled, calories burned, hours slept and quality of sleep. Some of the best-known fitness trackers include the Apple Watch , FitBit, Basis and Nike Fuelband.
iPad to Camera Connection Kit
This useful bit of kit allows you to easily download and save your camera images directly to your iPad or Tablet. A simple device, this is essentially an SD card on the end of a short cable. The Ipad to Camera adapter plus into your tablet device, and allows you to easily backup your images and make them availble to posting on social media.
PORTABLE wi-fi SPEAKERS
Smartphones and tablets have one major problem. The quality of the sound is could be better. Luckily this is easily achieved with a set of portable wi-fi speakers allowing you to listen to your favourite tunes, podcasts or movies.