CruiseMapper provides cruise ship schedules (itinerary timetables, sailing calendars, departure dates, prices), as well as cruise port schedules (ship departures and arrivals by port). These are regularly updated data combined with current cruise tracker (real-time AIS ship location tracking) and cruise itinerary information.
"Cruise Schedule" is synonymous to "Cruise Calendars" and "Cruise Timetables". It signifies a list of all officially announced sailing dates on which a particular passenger ship will be cruising. As details, cruise itinerary schedules show all departures (home-ports embarkation dates and times), all ports of call dates and times (where and when the vessel will be along its itinerary route) and disembarkation dates and times (of arrival in the last port on the route).
Cruise SHIP Schedule
Most ships dock and stay in one port for 1 or 2 days (rarely 3, the majority are 1-day port stays). Depending on destination / region, line and itinerary - ships visit (call on) 1 to 3-4 different ports, simply because visiting many ports means more port charges and Gov fees, and longer itineraries. Which also means not cheap cruises and fewer passengers. Not so many travelers are fortunate to have the time and money to do longer voyages. However, on longer cruises, the total number of ports of call may sour up to 40, and even more - think of "World Cruise" deals on Around The World voyages. In the category of "longer than usual" itineraries are also most of the ships' relocation cruises (always with an one-way itinerary), round-trip Transatlantic cruises (ocean crossings between Europe, USA, Caribbean and South America), all Panama Canal transition cruises, Round The World cruise segments, round-trips to Pacific Islands (and Hawaii) leaving from Florida ports, the optional "Back-To-Back" (consecutive) cruises combining two voyages (on the same or different ships).
At CruiseMapper.com, you will have access to segmented information from a regularly updated database for sailing dates, itineraries and the opportunity to compare fares (cruise tickets prices) on sea / ocean going passenger ships, as well as on river cruise ships sailing on the rivers in Europe, Asia and the USA.
By "cruise ship price comparison" we mean lowest rates (as cruise fares) for the lowest category cabins (basic types) on a particular ship. These main types of categories of staterooms are Inside/Interior, Outside/OceanVew, Balcony (with private balconies) and Suites, although some ships do miss some of those. For example, river cruise boats do not have Inside rooms, some vessels don't have cabins with balconies, most top luxury cruise ships (with all-inclusive deals) have only Suites (all-suite ships). Keep in mind, that the prices shown may be subject to fluctuations - they could be different at the time of booking influenced by factors, such as different travel agency rates, group booking rates, various types of discounts (resident, military, loyalty program, member discounts, etc).
In each CruiseMapper ship schedule, along with all cruise dates and prices you'll find also the vessel's basic statistics - former names (if any), sister ships, weight, length and width, capacity, class, number of cabins, max capacity, info on feature onboard amenities, facilities and services, link to the ship's current location (AIS position on a digital map), link to its staterooms and deck plan pages for detailed information on cabins and current cruise deck plans.
"Cruise itinerary" provides information where is your ship going (destination and ports of call) and when (sailing schedule). Cruise itineraries are often called "cruise routes" or the general "cruise destinations". These are the sailing regions operated by passenger shippping lines (including ferry lines/operators), cruise companies or chartered vessels (ship/riverboat) operators. A typical cruise ship itinerary example is the following route of the biggest passenger ship in the world ever (for now!) - Harmony Of The Seas. This vessel is operated by the RCI (Royal Caribbean International) line - the second largest cruise operator in the world, after Carnival Corporation & PLC. This is a 7-day cruise itinerary sample for a round-trip to Western Caribbean (as destination) from the port of Fort Lauderdale, Florida (departure port, also home-port) visiting the following ports of call (aka "call ports"):
- Haiti (visiting the Labadee resort - one of the RCI's Caribbean private island resorts)
- Jamaica (calling on the port of Falmouth)
- and Mexico (calling on Cozumel).
- Arrows on the cruise itinerary map show the course direction.
Factors and circumstances that can lead to a change of cruise schedule (and often of itinerary):
- departure/arrival times can be affected by weather
- in some ports cruise times can be changed due air pressure or tidal times
- cruise schedule changes due mechanical problems or an incident/accident
- itinerary change by the line/operator, based on safety or security reasons, strikes or civil unrest, port closings, local Government agencies' travel warnings or advisories, or for any other reason whatsoever. It's part of the line's policy about changing port calls, arrival/departure times, etc. Generally, If a call port is skipped from your scheduled itinerary, all Government fees and port taxes for that port will be refunded to the passengers' shipboard credit accounts.
For detailed news reports on major cruise line incidents and ship accidents you can visit CruiseMinus. Know, that weather-related itinerary changes are not reported at Cruise Minus.
Cruise Itinerary Data - Template Details
For any cruise itinerary, there are 6 main elements determining the whole data (listed high to low priority):
- Name of the ship and the line/operator.
- Destination - which one of all ship cruise regions your ship will be sailing in a specific time of the year.
- Embarkation port (port of departure, getting on the ship) and the country from which it sails. Note: your place of residence defines lots of variables determining the total cost of your cruise vacation as prices per person. Some of these are flight tickets and transfers, all kinds of transportation, parking, hotel stays, etc.
- Disembarkation port (the last port of arrival, getting off the ship). Most ship cruises are operated with round-trip itineraries, meaning you will embark and disembark in the same port. However, many sea ships and river boats also offer one-way cruise itineraries (different embarkation/disembarkation port). With one-way deals are also all transition cruises (ship relocation), "World Cruises' segments (the whole "Round The World" itinerary is usually a round-trip), most Panama Canal cruises and Transatlantic crossings (by ship).
- Voyage length and number of call ports - these are all ports your ship cruise deals include - another major price-determining variable. The shortest trips (on big cruise ships) are of 2-days in length (called "Cruises to Nowhere", without any call ports). The longest ones may offer up to 120+ days on Around The World tours. World cruise deals offer lots of ports to visit in various destinations, often on several continents, plus great ticket prices as rates per person. On ship relocation cruises you'll visit a very small number of ports - to none on some Transatlantic crossings.
- And finally - fly- or no-fly cruise deals. Generally, with flight-and-cruise deals you buy a package consisting of cruise ship tickets and your one-way (or round-trip) airfare/flight tickets.
- Always optional choices (at additional cost) are land tours and shore excursions, the hotel package deals, cruise all-inclusive drink packages, and other extras in the "big splurgy" category.
Types of Cruise Itineraries
- "sea intensive" - offer less or none ports of call, no shore excursions and city tours, less money-spending ashore and much more on-board splurging.
- "port intensive" - offer lesser number of days at sea (but at least one) and many call ports (almost a new one each day of your voyage), meaning you sail at night, visit ports in early morning, stay in ports until early evening (or late into the night, depending on destination and ship/boat).
- "balanced" - offer more time between ports, usually one or two days at sea, followed by one port-day, and so on.
- "Cruise To Nowhere" is a round-trip itinerary with only one port and duration of 1 or 2 nights. Generally, this type of voyages are rare. They are usually offered by some of the largest passenger ships, with departures from some of the world's biggest cruise ports - like New York City (USA), Southampton (UK), Sydney (Australia). On small ships and pleasure crafts, such deals could be offered regularly, but more like "sleeping over" harbor cruises or party cruises - with an overnight stay on board and a scheduled entertainment program for the evening.
- "Back To Back Cruises" are 2 or 3 voyages on the same ship combined/interlinked - following one after another. In rare cases, the ships may be different, but always from the fleet of the same cruise line. Such itineraries usually combine sailings to different destinations or in different regions. Some of the examples for B2B cruises are the combinations: Caribbean with Panama Canal transition (on relocation to Alaska), 7-day roundtrip from Vancouver with a short oneway to port in California (on relocation from Alaska), roundtrip from Sydney with oneway to Singapore (on relocation from Australia to Asia), roundtrip Mediterranean or Caribbean with a repositioning Transatlantic crossing, 2 combined roundtrips from port in Florida to Caribbean (Southern plus Eastern, Western plus Eastern), etc.
- Repositioning Cruises (aka "relocation cruises") are always with oneway itineraries, and longer than usual. Relocation voyages are usually offered in Spring and Fall, when cruise ships reposition between two different operational regions. In this category fall most of the Panama Canal and Transatlantic cruises, and all Suez Canal transition cruises. Other examples for ship relocation itineraries are: between Alaska and Australia, between Australia and Asia, between South Africa and Europe or Asia.
- "one-way" and "round-trip" - with different/same embarkation and disembarkation ports.
And our very last "categorization approach" - cruise itinerary types according to the passenger shipping vessels. All passenger marine vessels can operate on both one-ways and round-trips, but differ greatly as to operational destinations, cabin sizes and rates, amenities and activities on board, fellow passengers, trip duration, etc. These main itinerary types are:
- (oceanic) sea ship cruises
- river ship (riverboat) cruises
- ferry cruises
- and (freighter) cargo ship cruises.
By following this link to our cruise tracker you will find a search box from where you can select from a list of all cruise ships available for tracking at CruiseMapper.com. This option represents a most convenient cruise ship tracker. It allows you to compare itineraries, departure dates and prices (cruise fares) plus tracking service of the cruise ship's current position (now). Our cruise tracker shows real time vessel positions according to the transmitted AIS data. This feature is integrated in each of the CruiseMapper's ship schedule pages. Ship tracking allows you to see the vessel's current itinerary on a digital map, with information on cruising speed, previous and next port of call and the estimated arrival time.
River cruise tracker
The following table has all outgoing links (each opening in a new window) redirecting to the CruiseMapper.com. There you can track all major river cruise lines ships as itineraries and current positions. Among those are the world's best riverboats from the fleets of leading companies, including Viking River Cruises (renamed in 2015 to "Viking Cruises"), AMAwaterways, Avalon Waterways, Uniworld, American Cruise Lines, Arosa ("A-Rosa Flussschiff GmbH"), CroisiEurope, Scenic Tours, TravelMarvel. At CruiseMapper you will find a huge fleet of European river cruise ships, but also chartered riverboats operating in Asia (on Yangtze, Irrawaddy and Mekong), Africa (on Nile River, Lake Nasser, Chobe River/Botswana), in the USA (Mississippi, Ohio, Snake, Columbia) and also in the Ukraine-Russia region (on Volga, Dnieper/Dnepr, Lena, Black Sea).
Cruise PORT Schedules
In our cruise port schedule section you will find a search box from which can search in a huge list of thousands cruise ship ports. You jast gave to type the name of the port you're looking for and select it. Depending on itinerary / destination, in cruise ports of call ships dock (or anchor) for a short period of time - from several hours up to 2 overnights (like in King's Wharf, Bermuda). At each cruise port schedule you will find port and cruise terminals information, photos, digital map (port's location) and schedule timetables (all departure dates and ships in port by date.
The following table shows all departure ports (aka "home ports" and "turnaround ports") from where cruise ships operate either one-way or round-trip itineraries.
George Town, Grand Cayman
CruiseMapper's port and cruise ship schedule data will help you in planning better your always excitingly-new ship travel vacations. By using our detailed and regularly updated cruise timetables, you will know all sailing dates and the port times, which information is needed for booking shore excursions, city tours and other activities in ports of call.