New Look. New Features. All Lines.
Our Android cruise app has finally matured from its clumsy and awkward youth… we’re proud to present to you the new Ship Mate Cruise App for Android!
In the past three years, we’ve spoken with tens of thousands of our Android users… and heard a lot of swear words. Many deserved. We’ve neglected our fluorescent green friends. So late last year we hired a rock star programmer to entirely reconstruct our Android cruise app and we think he’s done an amazing job.
You’ll notice the following in the new version:
- New, sexy look
- All new features
- All cruise lines combined in one app
To offer a small taste of the changes you’ll see in this version vs. previous, check out these sample transformations.
1. New App Design
Main Page: Old vs. New
This is your Main Navigation Page. We know how much you love your countdown, so we put that right at the top there. Under that, you’ll find your favorite features, Chat, Roll Call, Itinerary and Excursions. Directly below is our Tracker, so you can stalk your ship like a creep in the night.
Cruise Itinerary: Old vs. New
Pictures equal a thousand words, and a thousand words equals a boring app. We’ve covered your screen with images of the beautiful places you’ll soon be visiting.
Deck Maps: Old vs. New
The old deck map view had me scared to board the ship. I was expecting to get on an arc, get tetanus, then have to paddle. The new deck map view has me virtually racing up and down the decks, slowing only for froyo and arcade stops.
Excursions: Old vs. New
I think the excursion options listed on the left include: “Tour an Operational Printing Press,” “Learn to Ballroom Dance,” and “Rollerblade.” Whereas, on the right you’ll find options like, “Zipline Over Crocodiles,” “Tequila and Gummy Bear Tasting,” and “Learn Pirate Speak.” Pirates get my vote. Always.
That’s just a small sample of the design changes. To see all of these dramatic improvements, download the new Android Ship Mate App.
2. New Features
We hope you’ll love the new stuff you get to do in this version. We’ve added two major new items, Photo Gallery and Reviews. We’ve had these in the iOS version for a while, and they’ve proven two of the most popular in the app. Here’s a sneak peek at those!
In the Cruise Photo Gallery, you’ll find hundreds of new images submitted by our users every day. You’ll see some truly amazing shots in there (and a few annoying selfies). You can also interact with any photo by “liking,” leaving a comment, or posting to your social channels. That’s where we get all of our Amazing Cruise Photos on Pinterest.
Cruise Ship & Port Reviews
Here’s where you’ll find tons of recent reviews about your specific ship or ports. This is great for those researching potential cruise vacations, or for those with a planned itinerary. Often our users have great feedback, like “John Heald gives great hugs – don’t say no until you get one.”
If you’ve recently returned from a sailing, let others know about your vacation. Share the positives and negatives here in the app.
3. All Cruise Lines in ONE App
We previously had 11 different cruise apps – one for each cruise line. Many of you cruise pros out there let us know that you dabble from line to line. As such, you were forced to switch between different Ship Mate apps, which is just silly.
We’ve now combined all apps into one. The previous Carnival App is now the “All Cruise Lines” app. If you have any of the other 10 versions, you’ll need to download the new, All Cruise Lines App here. If you had the Carnival version, you’ll see that automatically update.
Your Login Info for ANY of the previous version will work on the new version. If you forget it, just use the “forgot” button.
One app to rule them all…
And, as an added bonus, we’re throwing in the following:
Feature Demo – Video Tutorials
That’s your to our new Ship Mate App for Android. Now let’s learn how to use it. The following videos will teach you how to to use a few basic features and functions, like:
- Create a Ship Mate Account
- Add a Cruise to Your Profile
- See Your Ship Info & Reviews
- See Who’s on Your Cruise & Chat
- Use the Photo Gallery
Create a Ship Mate Account
Add a Cruise to Your Profile
Check Out Ship Info and Reviews
See Who’s on Your Cruise & Chat
Use the New Photo Gallery
We hope you enjoy the hard work we’ve put into it. Like any new version, we expect plenty of bugs and room for improvement and, as always, we appreciate your feedback.
If you like the app, please help us by spreading the word to your Facebook Groups, Cruise Communities, and wherever else you think people would benefit from Ship Mate.