The high seas have gone high tech. I have been cruising for 13 years and the technological advances available to cruise guests over that time have been vast. On our recent Bahamian cruise aboard the Carnival Liberty we checked out the Carnival Hub app which is now available across the Carnival Cruise Line fleet. This app has some great features and it received a significant upgrade since our cruise so I can’t wait to check it out on our August Eastern Caribbean cruise on the Carnival Magic!
About the Carnival Hub App
The Carnival Hub app is available for free from both the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. I highly suggest you download the app before you leave for your cruise, the free wifi on board is often very slow, especially in the first few hours before the ship leaves port. The app also works as a countdown calendar before your vacation so that is a little added fun! At the time of this writing my app says my next cruise is 57 days away!
Once you board the ship, open the Carnival Hub app and click “I’m Onboard, Log Me In” at the bottom of the screen. This is when the app comes to life. You can view and interact with the digital Fun Times deciding what activities you want to attend. Click the star icon next to an activity and your app will alert your 15 minutes before that activity is about to begin. You can also view all of your dining and beverage options on the app. The most recent upgrade even added the menu for the Main Dining Room. The app has searchable deck plans so you can find your way around your floating home away from home. You can even purchase the CHEERS and Bottomless Bubbles drink programs from your app once you are onboard the ship. The latest upgrade also added a weather feature! All of the above features are free and run on the free Carnival wifi, just put your phone in airplane mode so that you don’t accidentally receive large charges if you lose wifi signal.
For the low price of $5.00 per device you can use the messaging feature of the Carnival Hub app. Find your friends and family who are onboard and add them to your messaging page. Ron and I did this on our last cruise and we found out that to use this properly you need to keep the app running all the time which, on some phones, could eat into battery life.
Your other option for messaging is buying the $5.00 per day social plan and communicating via iMessage or Facebook messenger. You can read more about Carnival’s wifi packages here. On our Bahamian cruise I got the social package so that I could keep in touch with friends and family back home and then I paid an additional $5.00 to add the messaging to the Carnival Hub app so that Ron and I could keep in touch. On our August cruise we have 6 staterooms and I have a feeling we will opt for the social media package over the Hub messaging feature but we will be talking about that in our cruise group soon.
Mom Maven’s Thoughts
I loved having the free info on the Carnival Hub app in my pocket at all times. The additions of menus and weather will be great on my next cruise. The messaging worked ok but sometimes I closed my app, because I always close all my apps, and missed messages from my husband. I think this will just get better as we move forward and the technology evolves but what we have is a great start.
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