Technology Tips for a Cruise

This past week I took my family on our very first cruise. It was a 7-day Western Caribbean cruise (I decided not to mess around and went for a nice long cruise on one of the largest cruise ships…The Oasis of the Seas). Having lived in Florida for just over 15 years now I’m not sure what took us so long to go on a cruise, but we finally did. Rather than drone on about how much fun the crusie was (which I could certainly do), I will talk about a few tips for how to deal with any technology you bring along with you on the trip.

Cell Phones

Unless you want to buy some kind of international data package for your cell phone or opt to pay a daily wifi fee for internet service aboard the ship, your cell smart phone is nothing more than a camera and an ebook reader. You will want to turn off your cellular data on your phone AND put it into airplane mode. The reason you do both is that you don’t want your phone searching for cell location data while you are out on the ship or at various ports. It really serves no function other than to drain your battery. I guess in some cases it may be able to use cell tower information and GPS to tag your photos with location data but that’s about it. I didn’t really care about location data so I just opted to turn it all off.


Apple’s AirDrop sharing functionality came in really handy on the cruise as a way to forvarious people in our family to take photos on thier iOS device and then immediately share the photos with others in the our family without wifi or cell data usage. AirDrop uses Bluetooth to wirelessly send data between iOS devices and other iOS devices or Macs and it works flawlessly. If you haven’t used AirDrop before and you are going on a cruise with others, read up on AirDrop and make sure you know how to use it before your trip. It’s quite simple, but surprisiningly my Dad had never used it before and I had to show him how it worked.

Taking Photos and Videos

If you plan to use your smartphone to take photos and videos make sure you have enough free space on your device to store all those photos and videos. My sister has an older 16 Gb capacity iPhone and very early into the cruise her iPhone stopped taking photos. So I had to help her clear out some space on her device. It doesnt’ take much to fill up your smartphone with photos and videos, especially on a week-long cruise.

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