If you're planning on taking a cruise soon, there's now an app for you! iCruise.com, a website for booking discount cruises online, has finally launched a cruise app for your iPhone and according to the company, it's the best one on the market.
The app, which is called the Cruise Finder, is free to download and provides lots of great information. It includes 20 cruise lines, 200 ships, and 12,000 different itineraries from the iCruise.com database. Other features include a multiple search option, which allows you to find cruises based on destination, cruise ship, cruise line, departure date, or departure port; 32,000 pictures, including cabin photos; descriptions, and deck plans.
Uf Tukel, the co-president of iCruise.com said the app was created for people who plan vacations away from their computer. He said the company wanted to build something that was "visually appealing" and included most of the content found on the website. He also says the app is the only one of its kind in the United States, because such an app is a "complicated, expensive and time-consuming undertaking to target only 25% of the U.S. smartphone market, which happens to be demographically younger than the average cruiser.”
If you've already booked your cruise, the Cruise Finder app can help you, too! You can find information such as driving directions to various cruise ports, pier parking, and even port weather conditions.
Finally, if you're not into cruises at all, Tukel said he hopes the app will appeal to you, as well. "We certainly believe that this app will appeal to cruise enthusiasts, but we really hope that mobile technology will be a new platform for us to help introduce cruising to folks who never thought they’d consider it," he said.
Right now, you can't book a cruise from the app, but Tukel said that is in the works for future versions. You can download the app at iCruise.com or through the Apple App Store. iCruise is based out Delray Beach, Florida.
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