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iPhone App Review: Cruise Finder

iPhone App Review: Cruise Finder

August 14th, 2010 by

I’ve been on a cruise once in my life. The comedy of errors associated with that vacation is a topic for a personal blog post, but the cruise itself was exciting and awe-inspiring. The sheer size of the ship; the constant flow of food, drink, and frolic; and the bizarre juxtaposition of being isolated at sea in a self-contained floating city are exciting and not to be missed.

For those who take frequent cruises or are looking to take a cruise for the first time, the Cruise Finder app for your iDevice is an almost comprehensive database of cruise lines, vessels, departures, destinations, and itineraries. If you want to take a cruise, Cruise Finder bills itself as the app to use. I did not intend for that to rhyme.


  • 20 cruise lines.
  • Over 220 cruise ships.
  • Deck plans.
  • Stateroom photos and descriptions.
  • Over 12,000 itineraries with day-by-day descriptions.
  • Port directions, parking, maps, weather
  • Favorites list, share via email/Facebook/Twitter, hot deals.


The app itself is basically a front-end for, which presumably contains all the data which powers the app. Starting it up you immediately see an offer to register for their newsletter, a link for hot cruise deals, and four quick search links. Scrolling down on that page gives you more options: destination and departure port calendars; cruise info like passport requirements, weather, and port directions; and iCruise links for their mailing address, customer service, and getting a cruise quote.

The data in the app is presented well and navigation is mostly intuitive. There is a huge amount of info on each ship, including staterooms, prices, and deck plans. The port information is useful and gives you information on parking and weather, so you can plan your arrival and departure accordingly. The departure calendar is especially fun to look at, showing the price for departures from your chosen port by month, so you can see at a glance what your home port offers.


  • Huge depth and breadth of information at your fingertips, provided you have a data connection.
  • You can favorite anything, including itineraries, cruise lines, and specific ships.
  • You can browse by any piece of information, using the same criteria as above.
  • Port parking, directions, and weather are useful bits of information, making the app useful beyond just browsing for cruises.


  • The opening screen is half-filled with “hot deals” and an offer to register for their newsletter. It’s wasted space that could be taken up with navigation elements.
  • Speaking of navigation elements, two of the six live links on the starting page are redundant: Cruise Finder is repeated at the bottom of the page as Search, and the Hot Deals link appears twice. Again, wasted space, missed opportunity. There is also a Call Us link at the bottom of the page, whose information is repeated behind the lowercase “i” (information) link in the top right corner.
  • The app could stand to include even more information, such as activities available at port and activities available on each ship.
  • One last niggling little detail: if you hit “Quote” while you’re viewing an itinerary you’re presented with a blank form, in which you must enter all of the details from the itinerary which you were just viewing. It would be great to just have the appropriate information already populated in the form, so all you have to do is enter travel date details and hit “send”


If it looks like the Cons outweigh the Pros, it’s just because the app is overall a great searchable cruise database that has a few annoying interface issues. If you’re looking to go on a cruise soon then this app would be a great place to start.

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