Top 5 Tips How to Use Your iPhone on a Cruise Ship - Lucy Williams Global

Have you ever gone on a cruise and wondered why your iPhone is not working the same way it does at home? Here I am going to tell you my top 5 tips on how to use your iPhone on a cruise ship.

I get asked a lot of iPhone questions onboard and at home. I am not an IT expert, but I know how to use my iPhone! Probably because I cannot put it down and couldn’t imagine my life without my precious phone! My husband says I need to go to therapy! Ha Ha Ha!

Back to how to use your iPhone! Why doesn’t your iPhone work the same way onboard as it does at home? This is mainly because when you are travelling on a cruise ship you are not going to be connected to the internet 24 hours a day.

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Once you have left shore the 3G/4G will only stay connected when you are near land or if there is a satellite above you. There is Wi-Fi onboard, but on most cruise lines this is a paid extra or you have a package of minutes or MBs included in your ticket.

When you are on land, 4G and your home Wi-Fi is always connected to your phone. So, you have no idea which apps require the internet to function.

We really do not realise how much we rely on our phones these days, so I am going to tell you my top 5 questions and hopefully give you some answers!



Time

The time changes onboard when arriving in different countries. Sometimes it is a few hours difference so you may be changing the time over a few days at sea and your phone will not set automatically to ship time!

How do you change the time?

  • Go to Settings App
  • Press General
  • Press Date and Time
  • Switch off, set automatically
  • Change time zone to city you are going to be in or just change the time manually

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Fitbit

If you have a Fitbit or another fitness tracking device and you would like to sync your, daily steps you will need to do the following:

  • Change the time if there has been a time change
  • Make sure your Bluetooth is on and your phone is connected to your Fitbit
  • Log on to the ship internet
  • Go to the Fitbit app
  • Pull down the home screen of the Fitbit app to sync
  • Wait for the sync to finish
  • Log off the internet

Airplane Mode

While onboard and sailing put your phone on airplane mode to save the battery and stop receiving calls or use your data when you are close to shore. This way you will not receive phone calls in the early hours that you may not want to answer! As your hometown may be in a completely different time zone.

To put on airplane mode on, go to:

  • Settings
  • First option airplane mode
  • Switch on

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Background App Refresh

Switch off background app refresh as if you are using the ship WiFi, this will eat a lot of your data plan! You can update your apps when you return home.

How to switch off background app refresh:

  • Go to Settings
  • Press General
  • Press Background App Refresh
  • Switch off background app refresh
  • It is also best to keep this switched off, as it eats into your cell phone data plan.

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Saving the Battery Power

Phone batteries do not last like they use to, due to using the camera app, the internet, playing games, etc.

There are a few ways to save your battery power while ashore and onboard:

Switch off the location services (just switch it back on when you would like to use maps or set your location for your Facebook photos!)

  • Go to Settings
  • Press Privacy
  • Press Location Services
  • Switch off location services

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Put the battery on low power mode

  • Go to settings
  • Press Battery
  • Switch on, Low Power Mode

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If not using 4G, switch it off

  • Go to settings
  • Press Mobile Data
  • Switch off Mobile Data
  • Then press on Mobile Data Options
  • Press Enable 4G

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If not using your phone for phone calls or data while ashore, put on airplane mode.

To put on airplane mode on, go to:

  • Settings
  • First option airplane mode
  • Switch on

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Also, investing in a portable phone charger is a lifesaver! I always carry one when going ashore. I love this one as it is small and charges your iPhone quickly when out and about:

Also, remember your iPhone charger with the right country adapter and cable: 

                 

If you love your selfies, bring your selfie stick!



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I hope these tips have helped you. Do you have any top tips for using your iPhone whilst on a cruise ship? I would love to hear them, just comment below.

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Love Lucy x

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Visiting the Viewpoints in San Francisco California

I spent one day in San Francisco whilst on a Californian coastal cruise. San Francisco is on the west coast of the USA.

San Francisco is famous for the red Golden Gate Bridge, which I viewed from different viewpoints in San Francisco.

I was given a private tour by a friend and I could not personally not drive in San Francisco because of all the hill stops! I learnt to drive in a very flat area in the UK and hill stops are not my forte! So, my hat goes off to all the drivers in San Francisco!

Where to eat

We had lunch at Alioto’s restaurant in Fisherman’s Wharf. We had what they are famous for; crab and it was delicious!

From the restaurant’s window, we could see the Golden Gate Bridge, but it was covered by clouds! When we left the restaurant, the clouds had lifted and it was a bright sunny day, perfect for photos.

Viewpoints

The first viewpoint was to look up at the bridge.

Then we drove over the bridge and went to the viewing point beside the bridge.

The best viewpoint was just above the second viewpoint in an old military area just a few miles away up the hill. We could see all over San Francisco Bay and look down on the bridge.

We drove through the city to the steep roads that felt like we were on a 180-degree angle! The architecture was beautiful to look at the houses are all different colours and different styles. There are no high riser’s in the residential areas, just in the finance area.

The last viewpoint was on top on the mountain overlooking the whole city and the bridge.

I had a great time visiting San Francisco and I just saw the viewpoints, there is still so much for me to see in this vibrant city and I will be returning in the future to continue my sightseeing!

Essential Info

  • Weather: 18*C – 27*C
  • Currency: US Dollars
  • Language: American English
  • Recommendations: Bring your camera or smartphone to take millions of photos! Wear flat shoes as walking in some areas are difficult angles! The day I was there I wore jeans, tee, ballet pumps and sunglasses.

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Love Lucy x

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The Sights to See on the Oregon Coast

The first port of call on our California Coastal Cruise was Astoria, so I spent one day in Astoria on the Oregon coast. I went on a tour of the beautiful Oregon coastline.

Astoria is in the state of Oregon on the west coast of the USA. I was surprised how stunning this part of the world is!

The Oregon coast has a mix of white sandy beaches and a range of spruce and fir trees that go all the way down to the beaches.

The first part of the tour was driving along the coast and stopping at a stunning viewpoint of the Cape Lookout State Park.

 

Lunch

The second stop was in Tillamook at the Blue Heron French Cheese Company that is set on a farm and you could tell by the farm smell!

We had a yummy lunch that included a salad, sandwich and chocolate. It was a very nice café, food, cheese, wine and chocolate shop.

Outside they had llamas and a range of old farm equipment, cars, trucks, trains and London Bus! That was funny for me to see a London bus in the USA!

 

Tillamook Air Museum

The next stop was at the air museum that was set in an old World War II blimp hanger. The museum had a range of U.S. warplanes. You can get into some of the planes and sit in the pilot seat. Also, there was a Mini-Guppy plane that was used to transport cargo and you could walk inside.

 

Tillamook Dairy Ice Creamery and Cheese Factory

Then it was on to the ice cream and cheese factory for the cheese and ice cream tasting! There is a small exhibition of how the milk is produced.

The cows have a balanced diet of grass and some grain that is grown on the farm. So they produce the highest quality of milk that is then produced into cheese and ice cream.

We tasted a range of cheddar cheeses and some ice cream flavours. I had to buy a huge ice cream as a souvenir for my stomach!

 

Cannon Beach

The last stop was at Cannon Beach, which is a long powdery white sand beach that goes on for miles. There are these huge rock formations right on the beach with the sea splashing up on them.

Cannon beach is good spot to see puffins in spring, I didn’t see any as it was September!

 

What Did I Wear?

The day I was there was in late September and it was a lovely sunny day, with light wind around 18*C. I wore jeans, tee and a cardigan as the wind was a little chilly and trainers so I could walk around easily.

Essential Info

  • Weather in Summer: 16*C – 26*C
  • Currency: US Dollars
  • Language: American English
  • Recommendations: Wear layers, bring your camera or smartphone to take lots of photos and pack an umbrella just in case as it rains a lot! I had a lucky day!

   

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Ketchikan is in Alaska and is a place that you go to if you go on an Alaskan cruise. What must you see in Ketchikan? What is there to see and do?

There are many tours to do in Ketchikan from watching a Lumberjack show, fishing, going on a float plane into the misty fjords, looking for bears, going to the Tongass National Forest to see the Totem Poles, all you can eat crab and more!

The city of Ketchikan itself is beautiful to walk around and venture to Creek Street the oldest street in town.

Ketchikan claims to be Alaska’s first city and the salmon capital of the world. It dates back to 1883 and in 1900 had a population of 800, now it has a population of over 8000.

People went there originally, because of the salmon and the gold rush. Now it is for tourism and fishing.

In Ketchikan, it rains a lot and it has the highest rainfall in the USA. Ketchikan is surrounded by big fir trees with the colourful houses popping out. Most of the time the mist is so low you cannot see the tops of the trees.

If you are lucky to get a good sunny day, it is very beautiful with the sun shining over the ocean making it sparkle with the mountains in the distance.

I saw heavy rain, grey days and beautiful sunny days. The weather in Alaska is very unpredictable!

Whilst I was in Ketchikan I went to the Totem Bight State Park and enjoyed visiting Creek Street.

Totem Bight State Park Tour

Totem Bight State Park is in the Tongass National Forest. It is around thirty minutes away from where the cruise ships dock.

Totem Poles are the part of the native Alaskan culture and they are all hand carved from cedar wood. Each pole has a story, that is why each one is very different.

It is the largest totem pole park in the world and the poles were brought from all the deserted Alaskan towns.

At the park, there is a replica native clan house, that would be the summer camp for the natives. The clan was of around 50 people and they are lived in the house in the summer months.

The park is set in the beautiful Tongass National Forest on the water. With stunning views of the surrounding area.

Creek Street

Creek Street in the city centre and is within walking distance of where the cruise ships are docked. Creek Street was the red-light district of Ketchikan and had thirty brothels in it.

The brothels were open until 1954. The colourful houses of Creek Street are now gift shops, gallery’s, bars and brothel museums.

What to Wear in Ketchikan

The weather varies a lot in Ketchikan, but most of the time it does rain! I would recommend wearing layers, so if it is nice you can take a layer off.

Bring a jacket, jeans/trousers, tee, sweater, boots, hat, gloves, scarf and an umbrella.

Essential Info

  • Weather in summer months: 8*C – 20*C
  • Currency: US Dollar
  • Language: American English
  • Recommendations: Bring a camera or smartphone, waterproof phone cover or camera lens cloth and binoculars for wildlife spotting.

         

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Fancy a trip of a lifetime tour? Landing on a glacier by helicopter in Juneau, Alaska was a tour of a lifetime.

Just going in a helicopter is fun! Let alone landing on a glacier and then talking a guided walk. I still cannot believe I did it!

The last time I was in a helicopter I was being airlifted to hospital when I broke my femur bone skiing a few years ago. So, this was exciting yet daunting for me!

I enjoyed everything minute of it and just walked very slowly on top of the glacier. As the guide said if you fall over you will cut yourself, if your gloves are off as the ice is very sharp, so no walking when your gloves are off for taking photos!

Helicopter Glacier Tour

I did this tour in Juneau, Alaska and the helicopters were at the airport. Before we were taken to the helicopters we were asked for our weight and shoe size.

When we arrived we, got our kit of a rainproof and windproof trousers and jacket, boots (in the correct shoe size), gloves and a waist bag containing tissues, a bottle of water and granola bar.

I recommend you wrap up warm as the trousers and jacket are very thin, so you still need warm clothes underneath. Bring a hat as that is not provided, just the gloves. The waist bag also has space for a phone and wallet.

You are told not to bring bags on this tour as there no space in the helicopter for them. If you have a camera bag or any other belongings you must leave it at the tour building.

We were given a safety induction then told which helicopter we would be in. We had to give our weight so the helicopter is balanced. The helicopter held six passengers and one pilot.

Taking off

Our pilot was a woman and led the route of three other helicopters. The journey took 25 minutes and we had a great tour of the mountains and spotting bears and goats. Then a tour of the glacier from the sky. The glacier has so many textures. See the photos below.

Landing and Walking on the Glacier

When we landed on the glacier we were given a trekking pole and crampons were put on our boots to be sturdy walking on the ice.

We walked around the glacier for an hour. It is completely different to walking on snow, the ice is hard and sharp and in other parts soft and slushy.

After the guided walk, it was time to take off the crampons and give back the trekking pole and get back onboard the helicopter for our ride back. The journey back only took ten minutes. The tour was a total of three hours.

It was an amazing experience and I recommend this tour to anyone that has a sense of adventure and likes to do a tour that is a bit different.

Essential Info

  • Weather: It is cold as you are on top of a glacier! 0*C – 5*C
  • Currency: US Dollar (for the gift shop)
  • Language: American English
  • Recommendations: Bring just what you need as there is no space in the helicopter. I just brought my small wallet and iPhone.

            

What Did I Wear?

  • Jeans
  • Jacket
  • Thermal Long Sleeve Top
  • The North Face Fleece (love mine as I have had it eight years and it still looks like new)
  • Thick socks
  • Hat

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Love Lucy x

tour of a lifetime landing on a glacier by helicopter in Juneau Alaska

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