Please add carnival elation to tracker.
I am not getting any cruise lines in the drop down menu. Please add Regal Princess to tracker....Thank you
Please add Independence of the Seas as my family are on there
Ship already exists in menu: Regal Princess Ship Tracker / Tracking Map Live | Regal Princess's Current Location / Position & Track
Please restore Carnival Sunshine to your tracking. for a couple of days you had it pretty much spot on but now it seems to have vanished. Thanks.
As you asked previously about webcams. Carnival's webcams are relayed by satellite and don't suffer from the limitations the land based AIS tracking does. They are completely different systems.
I have just found your reply to why LIVE tracking not always possible. Came across it by fluke. I am an old fogey (really OLD) and I find this website quite confusing at times. Apart from your VHF explanation etc. the Carnival Sunshine was supposedly just in Costa Maya for a few hours which I believe is LAND so definitely within the 100 mile range you were talking about. I could not find any evidence that could tell me that it was in fact in Costa Maya. According to it's schedule it should have left by now. Maybe by the time it is going close to Cozumel a position might be possible??? Who knows?? Thanks.
Just saw your response regarding webcams. Thanks but that raises the question .. If they can send the webcam via satellite why can they not send their position via satellite? Seems simple enough to this old codger!!!!!!
The cruise lines own their own webcam feed which is basically an internet service from the ship that passes through a satellite, not cheap but not that expensive either.
On the other hand AIS data that goes through a satellite goes through proprietary equipment installed on a satellite or through an AIS specific satellite itself. This data is owned by the satellite company and to get it is very expensive still since it is new technology that converts land based VHF data into satellite data. You can read all about here: Automatic Identification System - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
It's all about the $$$. So, yes satellite data tracking is available but the data is very expensive to get, especially if you are trying to track hundreds of ships like we do here. The land based AIS data is free. That is why any ship tracking you do online that you are not paying hundreds of dollars for will all be based off land based AIS data which all comes from a single source.
Hi GREG .. Thank you so much for answering all my questions ( I have finally figured out how to find them as well ). I had to go out for a few hours, hence the delay in this reply. I have read all your responses ( AND that link to AIS ). I can see your predicament and I really appreciate ALL your responses and patience with this old codger. I do not travel very much these days (health) but I always follow my family on their adventures. Following the airlines (many websites) is fascinating and they are so accurate ( you can even listen to the ground/air communications at most airports ). Shipping has a while to go but I am sure they will catch up with websites like yours. Keep up the good work. Hope my bugging didn't get you too exasperated. Cheers!!
Hi Greg .. further to my last message I meant to tell you I have bookmarked that AIS link you gave me. REALLY interesting article. I hope I am still around when they get S-AIS going for all shipping ... Thanks again ... Cheers ..
Yes, when the S-AIS becomes the standard for all shipping the data will more than likely be very cheap or freely available like satellite information is currently for aviation. Hopefully, even before then there should be more options in who you can get S-AIS data through and the prices for it should drop significantly with the competition.
Until then we are unfortunately stuck with the land based AIS system with all it's current limitations. It is kind of crazy to think that the current land based AIS standard for shipping tracking throughout the World is only about 25 years old, at the same time the technology it uses is quite old. The shipping industry is definitely far behind where the aviation industry currently is in tracking standards.
Hi Greg .. Still no joy on Carnival Sunshine since shortly after it left Roatan (Mahogany Bay). It is probably now somewhere north of Cuba and likely will start picking up reports this evening as it comes around Key West/Miami area on it's way to dock Saturday Morning. I did have a message from my family last night (via Satellite no doubt ) and they seem to be having a fantastic trip. They will then transfer for an airline trip back here to the "frozen north" (Winnipeg). Not so frozen these days as today on way to above 30C. Bright and sunny right now after a fierce thunderstorm couple of hours back. This has been a very interesting and educational dialogue (NEVER too old to learn) and I really appreciate your responses. This is a wonderful (though sometimes sad ) world we live in .. so much to enjoy. Will check in next cruise any of my family embark on .. might just drop in once in a while to see what's going on!!!! Again THANKS and adios amigo .. Cheerio