Cruise ship tracker: All ships in real time with Google Earth

On one of our recent cruise trips a little thought entered my mind, what if my family and friends wanted to know where we were and that we are safe? This may seem a little crazy but these thoughts do enter the minds of family, and other than using a phone and the Internet to keep in contact, which is very expensive when on a cruise ship, there are cruise ship trackers.

Finding a good cruise ship tracker that keeps tabs on ships in real time is not an easy task, but we’ve done the legwork for you. Meet a simple Google Earth map; found at, that tracks cruise ship positions.

What lines are tracked you ask? At the time of writing, all these – Royal Caribbean, Disney Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises, MSC Cruises, Star Cruises, Holland America Line, Norwegian Cruise Lines, and Carnival.

When we checked, the ships were tracked in real time and they matched up to the known positions of those we checked. Now you can see where a ship is you’re about to travel on, or maybe hand the map to friends and family for when you’re away.

There are iPhone/iPad apps as well, but the few we tested did not update the maps that often, so they weren’t real time. Do you use live trackers or know of any good apps?

Update: The P&O cruise website has its own live tracker, webcams and map, which can be seen here.

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