Cruise Ship Tracker Website Gets a Thumbs Up

December 27, 2019

Wow. There’s a whole lot of cruise ships out there, and it’s hard to keep track of ‘em all. There’s a lot of cruise ship tracker websites too, but we found one we wanted to share. Why do we like it so much compared to all the other options? It’s in real time. View the map here.

Behold the glory:

Cruise Ship Tracker, Real-Time

More than a Cruise Ship Tracker

This site doesn't just tell you where ships are. In fact, it gives you more information than you ever dreamed of. Yes, that’s right. It's a marine-vessel-enthusiast's dream.

It's not just a cruise ship tracker, it tracks all ships. (If you only want to check out cruise ships, select the "passenger vessels" and "ships underway" options (see above screenshot).

You can search the database by port, vessel, or area. You can even make your own fleet (this requires an account). How could this be helpful? If you're a travel agent and only sell Carnival Cruises, you can create your own fleet of only Carnival ships and your tracking just got a lot easier.

How it Works

Any information you need on a cruise ship, MarineTraffic's site has it. When you find a ship that interests you, click on it and the info box below appears full of ship and route details.

Cruise ship Tracker – Fleet Tracker

Since this is a cruise ship tracker site, if you want to track the cruise ship's path, click on the "Show Vessel's Track" button and you'll see something like this:

Cruise Ship Tracker – Route Tracker

Another great aspect of the site is its capacity for real user engagement. Photos of the ship can be uploaded and rated by users. I was pleasantly surprised to see 27 user-uploaded Carnival Panorama’s photos.

Cruise Ship Tracker Image Gallery

Plenty more to explore on this site, we just scratched the surface in this post.

Cruise Ship Tracking Goes Mobile

Cruise Ship Tracking Goes Mobile

Marine vessel fanatics, rejoice! While you're sitting and waiting for the bus in zero-degree weather, you can kindle your cold heart with jealousy by tracking cruise ships (or any ship!) around the world!

Cruise Ship Tracker Mobile App
iPhone App screenshots

Information on the world's ships is at your fingertips. The best part is, this app has fabulous reviews. For all platforms, it's 4+ stars.

Download MarineTraffic's Cruise Ship Tracker:

Google Play ($5.99)

iTunes ($4.99)

Who Created This, Anyhow?

You can find the original map at, but the more in-depth story is that it comes from some lovely folks over at the Department of Product and Systems Design Engineering, University of the Aegean, Greece. The site is part of an open, community-based, academic project. Learn more.

Selling Cruises for a Living

However, this site's focus isn't cruise ship tracking, it's about helping people start a travel agency. Specifically, starting a travel agency from home. If you're thinking you might want to make a living by selling cruises (and you can track them to your heart's desire), you've found the right site!

It's not going to make you a millionaire and it's hard work (you’re starting a business, after all), but if you love cruising, helping people plan travel, and want to sail on every ship possible, this site might turn out to be your new best friend. 😊

If you still have questions, drop us a line, join the conversation in the comments below, or connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

⭐️ Don't Miss HAR's Other Cruise-related resources! ⭐️

  1. Make the Most of a Cruise Ship Inspection
  2. What is a CLIA Number?
  3. How to Get Accredited by CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association)
  4. Travel Agent Chatter podcast with Deb Fogarty of Be Well Travel (group cruises specialist)
  5. Find the latest cruise events on HAR! (Under “niche,” select “cruise” for all cruise-related events)

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Steph Lee - Host Agency Reviews

Steph Lee

Steph grew up in the travel industry. She worked with thousands of agents in her role as a former host agency director before leaving in 2012 to start HAR. She's insatiably curious, loves her pups Rygy and Fennec, and -- in case you haven't noticed -- is kinda quirky.

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