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    • r2015
    • By r2015 8th May 18, 4:45 PM
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    speed of ship on cruise?
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    speed of ship on cruise? 8th May 18 at 4:45 PM
    I am going on a cruise and have an Android tablet with GPS.


    I already use it with Google maps to show where I have been and where I am going but it does not show the speed I am travelling at.




    Is there a way to get Google maps to show my speed or will I need a separate app?
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    • debitcardmayhem
    • By debitcardmayhem 8th May 18, 5:03 PM
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    Where is the ship going,have you got a free wifi package on the ship if not, do not allow the mobile data on you phone, it!!!8217;s expensive, you can!!!8217;t get 2/3/4g miles away from the nearest phone mast. You are on holiday, why care, plus most ships have screens that display where you are, and speed too.
    • John Gray
    • By John Gray 8th May 18, 5:07 PM
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    Do not tie yourself in knots...!
    • Andy L
    • By Andy L 8th May 18, 5:16 PM
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    A GPS status app will give you the speed, plus lots of other GPS related facts.
    I use GPS status & toolbox, but others are available
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.eclipsim.gpsstatus2&hl=en_GB
    • r2015
    • By r2015 8th May 18, 5:22 PM
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    Where is the ship going,have you got a free wifi package on the ship if not, do not allow the mobile data on you phone, it!!!8217;s expensive, you can!!!8217;t get 2/3/4g miles away from the nearest phone mast.
    You are on holiday, why care, plus most ships have screens that display where you are, and speed too
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    But that information isn't available when I am home.
    It is not a phone it is a tablet and no I won't have wifi.

    I track my holidays on Google Timeline so I can bore the pants off people showing them where I've been when I get home.
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    • BigAl94
    • By BigAl94 8th May 18, 5:31 PM
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    I use SpeedView available in the App Store
    • robin58
    • By robin58 8th May 18, 8:21 PM
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    But that information isn't available when I am home.
    It is not a phone it is a tablet and no I won't have wifi.

    I track my holidays on Google Timeline so I can bore the pants off people showing them where I've been when I get home.
    Originally posted by r2015
    So I take it this is the modern version of showing everybody your 5000 holiday slides.
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    • vivatifosi
    • By vivatifosi 8th May 18, 8:32 PM
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    It depends on how close the ports are. If they are close, then they may only travel at a couple of knots so that it doesn't use more fuel than it needed to or reach the next port too early. If it was crossing the Atlantic, probably more like 20 kts.

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    • By daveyjp 8th May 18, 8:54 PM
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    Sygic app gives speed, or you could just use a basic speedo app. E.g MPH/KPH.

    Marinetraffic does it all for you. Tracks the ship and shows the history including speeds etc.

    Fastest I've been on a cruise ship is about 22 knots, but 15-20 is typical.
    • googler
    • By googler 8th May 18, 9:48 PM
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    https://www.marinetraffic.com shows speeds
    • Robisere
    • By Robisere 8th May 18, 10:29 PM
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    If I was on a cruise, I would be more interested in touring all corners of the ship and finding out as much as I can about the next port of call, then the next, etc.

    Why the fascination with the speed of the ship? Simply ask a crew member.
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    • By dealer wins 8th May 18, 10:32 PM
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    Most cruise ships have a live map on the stateroom TV, showing position, track, speed etc

    On a side note cruising is an amazing holiday for anyone thinking of doing one you will love it!!!
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    • bertiewhite
    • By bertiewhite 9th May 18, 8:34 AM
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    Measure the distance on google maps, time how long it takes to get there and work the speed out.
    • Gloomendoom
    • By Gloomendoom 9th May 18, 8:41 AM
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    Assuming you have a smartphone, just download Navmii or some other free satnav app.

    I've used a satnav and phone apps on planes and boats and they give speed and position.
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    • wongataa
    • By wongataa 9th May 18, 8:41 AM
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    I am going on a cruise and have an Android tablet with GPS.


    I already use it with Google maps to show where I have been and where I am going but it does not show the speed I am travelling at.




    Is there a way to get Google maps to show my speed or will I need a separate app?
    Originally posted by r2015
    Get a GPS track recording app. When the boat starts set it going and you can record the track of the boat. From that you can work out the speed at any point (or use appropriate software to do it for you).
    • Gloomendoom
    • By Gloomendoom 9th May 18, 8:47 AM
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    If it was crossing the Atlantic, probably more like 20 knots
    Originally posted by vivatifosi
    More like 30 if it's Cunard's QM2.
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    • peachyprice
    • By peachyprice 9th May 18, 8:55 AM
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    Download 'Find Ship' or any similar app or Marinetraffic.com on a laptop, They will show you the speed, heading, destination etc. and have photos and spec of the ship.

    All have a basic app and a paid for version that gives more info. For work i just use the basic app or Marinetraffic which is slightly better than the apps.

    As an example this is the info I have for a ship I am watching on Marinetraffic.com right now.

    Position Received: 1 hour, 8 minutes ago (2018-05-08 19:48 (UTC))
    Vessel's Local Time: 2018-05-08 14:48 (UTC -5)
    Area: ECCAN - St. Lawrence Gulf
    Latitude / Longitude: 49.5938 / -65.96335
    Status: Underway Using Engine
    Speed/Course: 12.3kn / 67
    AIS Source: 1986 Eric

    I can click in the ship and see the exact route it has taken and it's forecast route to destination.
    Last edited by peachyprice; 09-05-2018 at 9:03 AM.
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    • datostar
    • By datostar 9th May 18, 3:27 PM
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    Measure the distance on google maps, time how long it takes to get there and work the speed out.
    Originally posted by bertiewhite
    Or take a sextant and use dead reckoning. That would be a useful project to pass the time on a lengthy cruise.
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