Must-have apps all yacht owners and charter guests should download today!
These days, travel has gone hi-tech, and the yachting industry is ahead of the game when it comes to using the latest technology.
From checking the weather before hitting the beach club to controlling your onboard entertainment system with the swipe of a button, there’s an app for that. So, to help you plan, enjoy and share your next superyacht charter we’ve rounded up 10 of the best apps for sea lovers below. Check out our selection and then get downloading to make sure you have all the information you need at your fingertips for your next charter vacation.
Most sea lovers already know about this app. But if you don’t, download it to your smartphone now. In MarineTraffic’s own words, you can “discover information and vessel positions for vessels around the world. Search the MarineTraffic ship database of more than 550,000 active and decommissioned vessels. Search for popular ships globally. Find locations of ports and ships using the near Real Time ship map. View vessel details and ship photos”. Furthermore, the app also has a brilliant augmented reality function which allows you to point your phone out to sea and learn about the yachts and ships right in front of your eyes.
According to Thor (one of our Yacht Brokers), you need this app. He loves it, so will you.
When you’re on charter in an exciting new location, you’ll want as much information as possible about what to see and where to go, which is where Field Trip comes in handy. This nifty little app uses your GPS location to send you information about the best restaurants and bars in the vicinity, historical landmarks not to miss and museums and art galleries nearby. The app is continuously updated with the latest pop-ups and events, and it offers cool and unique insights into even the most remote corners of the globe. This app is one not to miss on your travels this season.
The Pivot app was developed specifically for yacht owners and charter guests, and as such is the world’s first onboard living technology system for the iPad, iPhone or Apple Watch. Control all aspects of charter life at the push of a button, from programming the music you love to start up as soon you enter a room, to ordering cocktails on the aft deck from a stewardess in the galley below. Integrating luxury technology onboard your superyacht, Pivot is the ultimate user experience for life at sea.
When you’re on charter, there’s nothing nicer than relaxing on the deck in the evening and watching the sun sink over the horizon. With the Star Walk app, you can make the most of those peaceful moments at sea by exploring the night sky and learning more about the stars and constellations overhead. Just point your iPad at the night sky and watch the stars, planets and satellites in real-time. Link the app to your Apple Watch and receive alerts about upcoming astrological events so you can watch stunning meteor showers or eclipses from the comfort of your yacht. Keep your family and friends entertained for hours by downloading Star Walk, your very own onboard planetarium.
Wondering what the weather will be like in Monaco? Or perhaps you want to know the time difference between the South of France and the Caribbean? With the beautifully designed Living Earth app, you can view an incredible live 3D simulation of Earth with weather forecasts and a world clock for nearly every city on the planet. Use the real-time weather maps to plan your week’s activities and get updates on any upcoming storms from the tropical cyclone tracker. Simple and easy to use, checking the weather forecast has never been so much fun!
When you’re cruising to remote areas, it can sometimes be useful to know a few phrases in the local language (obviously). iTranslate is one of the best translation apps available online thanks to its easy to use interface and choice of over 40 languages. There’s no need to carry around a bulky dictionary anymore, simply speak into your phone and let the app playback what you said in another language, it can even recognise dialects. Wherever you are in the world, you’ll never be lost for words with a little help from iTranslate.
Download the exclusive VIP Black app to your phone today for a real VIP experience while you’re on a charter. Reserve a private jet to take you to your next destination, get priority access to some of the most sought-after events on the planet or take advantage of the on-demand concierge service, the choice is yours. Wherever you go, VIP Black will ensure you get the very best welcome in town. Reserved for High Net Worth Individuals only, this is definitely not your average app.
One of the joys of travelling to far-flung charter destinations is reliving your trip once you’re back at home. With the LiveTrekker app, you’ll be able to track your charter through GPS, add photos and videos of your favourite destinations and show your journey on a beautiful custom-made map to share with your family and friends. An interactive online travel journal, LiveTrekker is the perfect way to capture those special charter memories in a handy little app.
Make sure that every meal you have on shore is a memorable one, with a little help from the Zagat dining app. Part of the Google group, the Zagat app will help you find the very best restaurant in town, no matter where you are in the world. Search by location or by dining preference, and read reviews and ratings curated by the guide’s editors. Find the hottest dining spot for a romantic dinner or a leisurely lunch with friends on the app and then hop onboard the tender to try it out for yourself.
What better way is there to share the fantastic memories of your latest charter voyage than with Instagram? Capture your favourite moments on your smartphone or iPad then upload them to Instagram for everyone to enjoy. And Instagram isn’t just for sharing your own photos, it’s also a great place to get news about charter destinations, ideas for new builds and lots more besides. Make sure you follow us at instagram.com/superyachtsmonaco to see our latest selection of charter yachts, plus lifestyle images, events and amazing photos and videos from the yachting industry. Tag @superyachtsmonaco and hashtag #superyachtsmonaco for a chance of being featured on our profile.