In time, CruiseShipSchedule.COM will become your ultimate source of most accurate information regarding cruise destinations, lines, ships and ports as cruise calendars (dates, port times), cruise tracker (AIS ship location tracking) and cruise itinerary information.
“Cruise Schedule” is synonymous to “Cruise Calendar” and “Cruise Dates” and it simply means all sailing dates on which a particular passenger ship sails. As details, the cruise schedule shows departure dates (embarkation), all call ports dates and times (where and when your ship will be on its itinerary route) and the last one is the disembarkation date and time of arrival in the last port on its route.
Cruise Ship Schedules
Most ships dock and stay in one port for 1 or 2 days (rarely 3, the majority are 1 day port stays), and depending on region, line and itinerary – they 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 special (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 (most of which are from UK, and some from Florida), all Panama Canal crossing cruises, Round The World cruise segments, round-trips to Pacific Islands (and Hawaii) leaving from Florida ports, and the optional Back To Back (consecutive) cruises combining two voyages (on the same or different ships).
At CruiseShipSchedule.com, you will have access to segmented information from a regularly updated database for sailing dates, itineraries and the opportunity to compare cruise tickets prices on sea/ocean going passenger ships and also on all top-best river cruise ships in the world sailing on big rivers in Europe, Asia and 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 “ship schedule survey”, along with all cruise dates and prices by cabin category you’ll see also the ship’s basic statistics – former names (if any), weight, length and width, capacity, class (sister-ships), number of cabins by type, max occupancy per room, a link to the ship’s current location (its AIS position on the map on the VesselFinder tracker), along with concise info on feature amenities and services on board. For additional info you can visit the ship’s official website (also given as link). We also give you the ship’s deck plan review page at CruiseShipDeckPlan for information on cabins and current cruise decks layouts.
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 their policy about changing port calls, arrival/departure times, etc). Generally, If a call port is skipped from your scheduled itinerary, the Government fees & taxes for that port will be refunded to the guest’s shipboard credit.
We started the introduction to our site with “in time”. This is a relatively new project – and a work in progress. Each day new lines and ships will be added, and sometimes soon – destinations (cruise travel regions) and ports (of departure and ports of call). We also got some special and “most curious” analyses to surprise you in the near future, so remember to visit us again soon! For now – be very welcome to enjoy our web place and feast your eyes with all these dates and low-high money numbers!
“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!) – ms 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.
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 Repositioning Cruises (aka “relocation cruises”), the “World Cruises’ segments (the whole “Round The World” itinerary is usually a round-trip), most transition 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” 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.
In the following “cruise tracker” table you will find a list of all cruise ships available for tracking at CruiseShipSchedule.com.
You are about to enjoy a most convenient (and pretty unique) cruise ship tracker! This is the perfect opportunity to compare itineraries, dates and prices in combination with current position tracking.
Our tracker shows real time positions according to the vessel’s AIS data. This feature is integrated in each schedule page at CruiseShipSchedule.com. It allows you to see your ship’s current itinerary as live tracking of the vessel’s current location at sea (or river).
More and more cruise ship tracking options are being added here on a daily basis.
Ocean Cruise Ship Tracker
Follows a list of ocean-going cruise vessels and their lines or operators (operating them under charter)
River Cruise Ship Tracker
In this second table soon you’ll be able to track all major river cruise lines ships. These are Viking River Cruises (renamed to “Viking Cruises”), AMAwaterways, Avalon Waterways, Uniworld, American Cruise Lines, the new Arosa Cruises (“A-Rosa Flussschiff GmbH”), CroisiEurope. Here you will find also cruise itineraries on chartered boats operating in Asia (on Irrawaddy and Mekong), Africa (on Nile River, Lake Nasser, and Chobe /Botswana), USA (Mississippi and Ohio) and also in the Ukraine-Russia region (on Volga and Dnieper/Dnepr, and some in the Black Sea).
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