Web Cameras Stream Live Ship Arrivals & Departures Daily
You've returned from that memorable cruise and you're already counting down the days until your next one. However, it's quite some time until that next sail-away. You already miss the feel and smell of the salty air. Missed is the view of salt water and the big ships. You're asking yourself, will I ever see that wonderful ship we were on? I NEED A CRUISE FIX!
If you haven't made the discovery on your own, there is now a place on the web where you are able to view all ship traffic coming and going, 24 hours each and every day. There are currently three port areas where a HDTV video is streamed to your computer or internet device. The cameras show a clear view of marine traffic coming into and departing from the port area. Cruise ships docked here are viewed throughout the day. The camera will follow cruise ships and others as they arrive and follow them out of the port as they sail away. Your cruise fix is now just a few clicks away.
Port Canaveral is home to most of the Disney cruise ships and provide for great cruise ship viewing while in port. Dolphins and manatees are seen here from time to time. The HDTV cam is located at a favorite inlet restaurant where one can sit and enjoy the same view while having a great meal and beverage, should they be in the area.
Port Everglades, my personal favorite, is probably the busiest during peak cruise ship season on the East coast. I've seen as many as seven cruise ships docked on the heaviest days. For true cruise enthusiasts, live sound is available during sail-away. The cam follows the cruise ships as they leave port and the cruise ship horn is quite audible upon departure of the inlet. During the non sail away times, Port Authority and Coast Guard radio traffic is heard. Ships and boats of all types and sizes move about this port daily.
NY Harbor is the newest of the three cams. Visible at times are Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty and the NY skyline. Quite a few ships, yachts, sailboats and boats of all sizes come and go throughout the day. One of the best features of this cam is that a cruise ship arrival or sail away covers around six miles. Sail away is followed the entire time, from the time they depart dockside until they pass under the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.
Watch for information of a fourth camera coming our way at Port Miami. The link will take you to their Facebook page. Click the "Like" button and you will be provided with updates.
From the HDTV cam sites, other information is available. Below the streaming cam area, you will find a Google satellite view of the respective port area, with the ship location of those traveling and docked in the port area, supplied by MarineTraffic.com. Place your cursor over the color coded icon and the ship name will appear. Click on the icon and descriptive information and perhaps a photo of the vessel will appear. Around the edges of both discussed areas are links to things like cruise ship cams, port maps, cruise schedules and port schedules. I'll let you discover them and explore for yourself.
Before your cruise departs on that wonderful sail away from one of these ports, check to see if you can request-a-wave. Coordinate a close up of you, or you and your group, as you are leaving port. You may even want to purchase a photo of that memorable wave. When you arrive back home, you can get back online and do that as well. You don't like having your photo taken, but you would like to have a photo of your ship as it departed that day? Well, you can do that, too. There are links to help you with the memories that you would like to document. See the links for InletPhotos.com and PortFever.com.
The place to watch when you can't be there.
Enjoy your cruise fix. I do daily.