Cruise Ship Tracker: Real-Time Locations, Route Details + More!

December 27, 2020

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. Check it out:

Now that's A LOT of ships to look at and it can be overwhelming so let me walk you through how to narrow it down to track only cruise ships.

We're gonna need you to click on the filter on the left hand side and uncheck everything but 'Passenger Vessels'. You can also select 'Underway' for current status if you only want to show cruise ships that are sailing and not at port:

Cruise Ship Tracker, Real-Time


More than a Cruise Ship Tracker

The map 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 a MarineTraffic account). How could this be helpful? If you're only interested in Carnival Cruises, you can create your own fleet of only Carnival ships and your tracking just got a lot easier.


How it Works

The real-time cruise ship tracker allows you to browse what cruise ships are at sea. But if you're looking for a specific cruise vessel, it's easy to find. Not only can you find were the ship is in a jiffy, but you can also see other fun info on it as well. Here's how.

Find a Specific Cruise Ship

If you're looking for a specific ship, I suggest using the search filter to type in the cruise line you want to check out. The nifty thing is that it will list all their vessels. If you use the filter to show only trips underway, it might limit what you find (especially when so many cruise lines are in port).

Here's how to do it:

First enter what cruise line you're looking for in the search area:

Cruise Ship Tracker: Find a Vessel Step 1


Just for funsies, I looked at Celebrity. When you enter what cruise line you're checking, the search will populate a list of different vessels. If you want to see ALL vessels, regardless of whether in port or at sea, make sure your your filter is set to show "underway" AND "Anchored."

Cruise Ship Tracker: Vessel Search Step 2


Get More Details on Cruise Ships

Any information you need on a cruise ship, MarineTraffic's cruise ship tracker has a good share of it. If you're using their freebie site you can find info on:

  1. Trip Progress
  2. Starting point
  3. Destination (and ETA)
  4. Speed
  5. Weather conditions

Here's how to look up that info. When you find a ship that interests you, click on it and the info box below appears full of cruise ship, pictures 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 cruise ship tracker 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


There's loads more data to uncover on the map, 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 (we're in Minnesota so this is fresh on our mind), 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 MarineTraffic.com, 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

We're glad you ended up here, but the truth is, this site isn't focused on cruise ship tracking, it's about helping people start a travel agency. 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 probably 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. 😊

We've even got a free program that walks you through getting your agency set up. Check out our 7 Day Set Up program for more details!

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)


About the Author
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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