Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Take a Cruise with Google Maps

Clean Cruising has released a live Google Map showing the locations of Princess Cruises ships.

The Clean Cruising map shows the simulated real-time position of Princess Cruises ships based on a number of factors. These include the latest transponder information, the cruise schedules and live webcam images.

If you select a cruise ship's marker on the map you can view the ship's current position, the last port of call and the next port. Many of the information windows also include the latest webcam image from the ship.

Playing around with the Clean Cruising map today made me keen to also revisit one of my favourite mapping events, Hurtigruten: Minute by Minute.

In 2011 Norwegian Public Service broadcaster NRK live broadcasted the voyage of the cruise liner Hurtigruten around the Norway coastline for 134 hours. During the live broadcast you could view a live map showing the position of the Hurtigruten alongside the live television stream of the cruise.

You can still visit the site and replay the whole 134 hours! So if you think that you will never be able to afford a cruise, or, if you have never visited the Norwegian fjords, you can at least take a virtual cruise via NRK's Google Map.

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