Antarctica is a unique destination, filled with sights and sounds you cannot find anywhere else. As such, it is tempting to leave the smartphone and tablet at home, making it easier to immerse yourself in the experience of the world’s most remote destination. While we do recommend ignoring emails and making the most of your trip, there is a place for modern day devices on your Antarctica cruise. From education to entertainment, we recommend downloading the following five apps before you set sail.
Snapseed for Photo Editing
Snapseed has been a favourite of professional and amateur photographers since it hit the market in 2011. Since then, it has been purchased by Google and overhauled, keeping all its best features while making improvements to its interface and usability. Due to the intuitive design, it is easy for beginners to learn and edit photos like a pro. While you will want the natural beauty of your shots to shine through, this app is perfect for removing imperfections, sharpening the contrast, and other simple adjustments that will make your photos pop. And since it can be used offline, you will be able to edit photos throughout your trip.
AccuWeather for Planning Your Ensemble
While the cold is a given, just how cold it will be is going to vary throughout your trip. AccuWeather allows you to pack with a plan and get dressed each morning knowing exactly what to expect. The screenshots of the current weather are also fun to share on social media and make a great addition to scrapbooks and photo albums of the trip. For up-to-date forecasts, you do need an internet connection. However, the weather in the area is fairly stable, so you can expect to have an accurate forecast several days in advance.
Antarctica Wildlife Guide for Learning About the Animals
For most tourists enjoying an Antarctic cruise, it isn’t enough just to see the animals; they want to learn as much as they can about them as well. This app makes it easy for you to read about the animals as you encounter them. Designed to work offline, Antarctica Wildlife Guide is an encyclopaedia on your phone. Use it to distinguish between varieties of whales and penguins, learn about the needs of each animal you see, and even discover the local species of the precise channel, passage or peninsula you are sailing through. While this is not a free app, it is more than worth the purchase.
Pocket for Offline Reading
Even if your ship offers Wifi, service is not going to be consistent. Pocket allows you to keep up with your reading regardless of your signal status. All you need to do is bookmark the articles or pages you are interested in reading, and Pocket will make sure they are available to you, internet connection or not. It is a good idea to load it up with articles about Antarctica, but be sure to go for variety to make the most of your downtime on the ship.
Charades – For Downtime!
Speaking of downtime, you will need more than just reading to fill it. Charades! is an app that is great to use with your travel partner or friends you make on the ship. It works just like a regular game of charades, but it comes up with the words for you. You can select the categories that interest you most or let the game surprise you. This is another app that works just fine offline, making it ideal for an Antarctica cruise.
Try Them Out Before You Set Sail
There are so many great apps you can use while at sea, and this article has only just scratched the surface. Spend some time researching and thinking about exactly what will add to your experience. We recommend trying them out before you set sail because there’s nothing worse than putting your feet up at the end of the day and realising you need the internet to read the next chapter of your book!
If you have any more questions about apps for your trip to Antarctica, then please leave a comment below or get in contact with us here.
Thank you – AntarcticaGuide Team