Cruise! A Guide to Ships and Trips From SutroMedia by Anne Chalfant
$3.99 for iOS and Android
What it is: a comprehensive guide for everyone from the Baby Cruiser to an Old Salt. Helpful filters sort cruises based on price, pampering, and travel-oriented or Whale o' Fun ships. Itineraries include Alaska, the Arctic, Asia, Australia, the
How it works: Browse cruises by category (from Affordable to Cultured Cruiser), by photos (from more than 1,100 images) or sort by filters (including Kid-Friendly Ships, River & Fjord Cruises, and What Savvy Sailors Know).
Why it's great: The app includes links to websites and social media handles that are helpful while getting to know a cruise line. The app attempts to cover almost any cruise I could imagine. Chalfant not only details rivers and fjord cruises, she even includes Real Journeys, an overnight cruise operator in
Why you might hesitate: The app doesn't work in landscape mode, but it's too perfect in portrait to pass up.
$9.99 for iOS
What it is: a word-processing app that allows users to create, edit and view documents on the fly on their
How it works: After launch, you see your documents in the Document Manager. You can tap a document thumbnail to resume editing or hit the + sign in the top left corner to create a new document in a variety of formats.
Why it's great: The app offers 16 formats, including a blank page, a photo letter, a classic letter, a project proposal, a flier or an invitation. I love creating a document in Pages that can be exported as a
Why you might hesitate: You don't want to pay $9.99 for an app. I prefer apps priced from free to $4.99, but this app is truly worth the investment.
VisitNorway Official Travel Guide
Free for iOS and Android
What it is: an app from VisitNorway.com that puts
How it works: After launching the app, you can perform a Spotlight search for info on Bergen, Tromso, etc., or jump to "Where to stay," "What to do" or "What's On."
Why it's great: In
Why you might hesitate: Because of the app's desire to use my phone's GPS to direct me, it obsessively points out that I'm not in Norway since I returned home. It is stuck on Oslo sights, because that was the last city I visited. Hopefully, an update will fix this glitch, because this is a must-have app for visiting Norway.