I recently stumbled upon an app that is relatively new to the Apple market, Berlitz Guide To Cruising. I’ve been a fan of the Berlitz Guide for some years now, collecting a new edition every year, so I decided to check this app out.
Basically, this app is the entire Berlitz Guide thrown into a super-portable and informative app. One of the main features, this app includes the classic index of ships that takes over the majority of the book version. Every cruise ship has its own page that included useful statistics, the ship’s Berlitz rating, descriptions of public rooms, and even photos of the ship. The additional photos really increase the likeability of this app since the book version only includes a basic sketch of the ship.
The app also has information of every single cruise line in the world. Each cruise line’s page includes a brief summary of the cruise line and lists all the line’s ships. In addition, the app features a section where you can discover the highest rated ship for certain categories. For example, when you select best ships for cuisine, the Queen Mary 2 will appear, since the ship was able to achieve one of the highest ratings for cuisine. This app also includes a FAQ section to help you understand this industry even better.
Overall, the design of this app is pretty impressive. It has a minimal and modern look to it – which I really like. I do wish that the ship page’s featured a cover image of the ship instead of the small sketch, but overall I like it. 9 points.
Ease of Navigation
This is where I have a problem with this app. Navigating through the of list of cruise ships can be annoying, and I don’t think the mini alphabet menu on the side really makes it easier to navigate the page. If anything, this app needs a search bar to help improve navigating through the ship menu. Otherwise, the main menu get’s the job done and creates an easy way to transition through pages. 8 points.
Photos/Quality of Photos
Probably my favorite part of the app are the photos of each cruise ship. Unlike the book version, this app includes a small gallery of images of each cruise ship. It’s really nice to see more than just a sketch of the ship. 10 points.
A ton. Not a cruise ship ton, but this app has a ton of useful information. If you are looking to plan your next your cruise or just want to learn more about the cruise industry, this app is for you. 10 points.
In short, this app is your best cruise research guide and resource while you are sailing the seven seas, because of its wealth of information, accessibility, and portability.
You can buy the app for your Apple device by clicking [button color=”blue” size=”small” link=”https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/berlitz-cruise-ships-2013/id561125076?mt=8″ target=”blank” ]HERE[/button]