If you are going on a cruise you may be wondering, will all my apps work while I’m cruising? As while you are onboard a cruise ship you will not always be connected to Wi-Fi or 4G. Here I am going to tell you which apps work beyond a Wi-Fi connection.
As I am writing this, I have just got back onboard the ship and a reality check has happened regarding not being online all the time. I was home most of the summer and was connected to the internet all the time between being at home and connected to our home Wi-Fi or out and about and connected to 4G.
We live in a world where we can google anything in an instant and we take for granted how 4G works nearly everywhere we go unless we really are out in the sticks!
Well, when you cruise is it similar! Depending on the itinerary you choose and how far away you go from your home country.
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There is Wi-Fi on onboard for a fee and you need to log in and log out old school style! So, you are not connected 24 hours a day.
To read more about being online whilst on a cruise take a look at my article ‘5 Quick Tips How to Use the Internet on a Cruise Ship’.
Apps that work onboard a cruise ship
Back to the Apps, which ones work while onboard a cruise? All apps will work whilst connected to the internet, but the question is which ones still work when not connected. There is nothing more annoying when an Apps says, ‘no connection’!
Here are my favourite apps that work when not connected to the internet while setting to airplane mode on an iPhone or iPad:
The Outlook App is an email app that you can add all email accounts from Hotmail, Outlook, Gmail, iCloud and Yahoo. When you are online download your emails and read them when you are offline. Compared to the iPhone Mail App, you can read all your emails. On the Mail App on the iPhone, it does not download all the content of the emails, while Outlook does. So, no wasting precious paid cruise ship Wi-Fi time.
The Gmail App is an email app and does the same as the Outlook App and will download all your emails for Gmail email accounts and you can read them when you are offline compared to the iPhone Mail app.
The Pocket App is a great app to save articles you would like to read later from the web. Again, this saves time and paid Wi-Fi.
iTunes Podcasts App
Podcasts are my radio when I am onboard. Download your favourite podcasts, before the cruise or while connected to Wi-Fi. There are so many great shows out there now on lots of subjects. Listen to the podcasts while not online.
If you like to meditate to get yourself in the zone and relax or if you suffer from anxiety, this app works without well without an internet connection. The app has a lot of choices between time and types of guided meditation.
The Facebook App does not fully work offline, so you cannot see your up to date news feed, but you can upload photos/status while offline and when you connect so will your pre-written status or photos.
The Instagram App will not fully work offline, you may see on your feed the last lot of photos that downloaded when you were on the app last. You can get your next post ready, edit your photo and write the caption, just save it for when you are next online to post.
The Twitter App will not work fully offline, it may show the last download of your news feed and you can pre-tweet and it will upload when you connect to the internet.
The Fitbit App will log your steps, floors climbed, minutes of contant movement, calories burned, km walked. You will just have to connect to log the total for each day if you need to or change the time. See more about using the Fitbit App here for changing the time.
On the iBooks App, you can read all your pre-downloaded books and anything else you have saved on the app. To download new books, you will have to connect to the internet.
The Kindle App is the same as the iBooks App, all your pre-downloaded books will work. To download new books you will have to connect to the internet.
Game apps vary, I am not a big game app person unless you count Candy Crush! That app does work offline. Some game apps you need to be online to play, so that is trial and error.
All the regular apps like Photos, Calendar, Clock, Camera, Notes, etc will work without Wi-Fi. The iTunes Store and the App Store will not work unless connected to the internet.
Now you know what works and how to save on paying for Wi-Fi when you do not need to! If I have not mentioned an app that works offline, the best way to check if it does is to put your phone on airplane mode and see if it works, then you will know.
I hope you enjoyed reading this, do have an app that works well onboard a cruise ship without Wi-Fi? If so share the love in the comments.
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