Introducing… Ship Mate 4.0 (queue parade & flyover)

Introducing… Ship Mate 4.0

We have some BIG news… but first, a story.

A couple months ago, I went to my dentist and asked him something I’ve always wanted to know…  “Hey doc – half of your office is filled with boxes of patient’s files. Why don’t you digitalize all that stuff? Wouldn’t it be much more efficient?”

His reply made perfect sense.

“Yeah it would, but that would also take a year to complete… I’m old. I have a couple more in me, then I’m done with the dentist game.”

Why do I tell this story?  Because I need dentist recommendations.

And, also as a less geeky comparison to Ship Mate’s situation. A year ago we made a decision to upgrade our Ship Mate filing system. Facebook purchased our database provider and decided to shut them down. They gave us one year to find a replacement.

We had the option of using another database provider (very limiting) or to build our own (possibilities are endless) in that 12 month window. That may seem like a long time, but the original Ship Mate took over five years to build… so we’d have to work 5x as fast. And, we were already stretched pretty thin. But, we took the challenge.

For the past 12 months, we’ve been rewriting our entire database to make things much more efficient for the future. Why? Because we’re playing the long game… unlike doc, we have way more than a year in us.

Ship Mate Update

You might have noticed that no new features have been added in a while. That’s going to change! We have all kinds of great improvements planned now that we have our ducks in a row.

But first, we have to get past this launch. As with any new technology, there’s bound to be some problems. To return to the metaphor, in this first month we could be battling some relatively harmless plaque… or it could look like we took a fastball to the grill…  T.B.D.

To get started in the new app, all you’ll need to do is to update your existing Ship Mate App. The new (and hopefully much improved) app will replace your existing version.

Here’s a sneak peek!

new ship mate app screenshots

24 HR UPDATE:  Umm… well, this is about as fun as going to the dentist. Here are items that we weren’t able to get into the launch in time, but will be adding asap:  Packing Checklist, Ship Horn, and Notes sections. Also, the ability to access “liked’ photos. You let us know that these are very, very important to you. All of those will return asap! Also, we have some known bugs with itinerary times. Those will be fixed next update. With the update, some users aren’t seeing some of their uploaded photos. That should be fixed today. And for P&O ships, ports are missing from itineraries and web cams and location will be a couple days to fix. Please bare with us! We’re doing our best to fix these items! 

48 HR UPDATE:  Last night we sent a push notification out to WAY too many people. We thought it would only go out to those on the old app, but it went out to millions. As a result, we had a traffic spike like 7-11 on free slurpee day. This broke our log-in system and started popping up “token errors” and other issues in the app. This brought on the next round of infuriated emails. I’ve learned that the free app game is not for the thin-skinned. We’re powering through these emails and problems (with tissues in hand), but now considering an Amish life-change.

72 HR UPDATE:  I think we’ve turned a corner. Most fires are put out. We’ve actually received one or two nice emails from users enjoying the new app. All hope is not lost.

As always, please don’t hesitate to contact us with any issues. You can do that through the new “Profile” tab. We read every email and do our best to respond asap. Please know that this small team continues to do its very best to serve our amazing Ship Mate community. If you’re enjoying the app, please take a minute to rate us in the app store. It really goes a long way to keep us motivated. We read every review. If you do post an App Store Review, please let us know in the comments below!

Thank you, ship mates!

Now go download the real thing and give it a spin. To help you get started, we put together some instructional videos and posts to walk you through the sections seen above.

Feel free to check those out using the links below.

And remember… nobody likes gingivitis.

27 Replies to “Introducing… Ship Mate 4.0 (queue parade & flyover)”

  1. Haha great post! Thanks for the updates. Love this app and will be patient while the bugs get worked out. And no offense to your dad, but I despise the dentist 🙂 Keep up the awesome work <3

  2. Didn’t notice a photo selection filter, so deleted app application. (1 I have too many (hundreds) of photos to post. (2 I have photos of family, friends, etc. that are “non-public.” Liked app BUT… Please advise.

    • Thanks for the feedback, Mark. Ship Mate doesn’t want to compete with photo-storing apps. There are much better apps to store hundreds of photos. We want to help to provide the best cruise info out there from curated images, reviews, chat and more. Thanks!

  3. From what I’ve seen so far all is good except the new cruise list. I liked the past cruises and future cruises listed the way they were not one big list as they are now. Keep up the great work.

  4. Waiting for ShipMate app version 4.0.7 to be available on iPhone App Store–currently can only get 4.0.3 which does not work.

  5. The ship’s horn is the least of my worries, there are sound effects apps for that minor detail. Love Shipmate, recommend it to all my cruising friends.

  6. I cannot use “contact us” on the app. Says email not configured. I don’t have option under “News Feed” to manually input 2019 cruise.

    • Hi Jo Ann – your email client in your device is out of our control. We’re not able to fix your email app for you. That is completely outside of Ship Mate. Sorry that we can’t help with this.

    • Cynthia – the ship horn has been in the app for a few months now. You can find that ship horn icon in any ship detail view in the ship’s main image. Please email us through the app if you need help.

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