Does Tinder work on a cruise

Finding the “perfect match” doesn’t have to stop when you’re on holiday.

Though this post started life as a completely different beast (sorry anyone who found the cruise ship app useful) it seems to be getting interest from Tinder users looking for love (or lust) at sea. And who am I to get in their way.

In answer to your burning question, ‘Does Tinder work on a cruise ship?’, the short answer is yes… but there are a few caveats you need to be aware of.

1. GPS accuracy isn’t great
Yes, Tinder does work on a cruise ship, but as with any location-based app it may not be accurate – after all, the cruise ship is moving from port to port. If a person remains close-by even out in the middle of the ocean, or every time you dock in a new port, it’s safe to assume they’re on board the ship.

2. Roaming data costs are ridiculous
If you’ve got a travel SIM, maybe switch on each time you get to port and see whether the same people are appearing in your feed. Alternatively, consider signing up for the daily Wi-Fi on the ship. Cruise lines such as Royal Caribbean are now offering high speed internet package on a per day basis, meaning you can cruise while you cruise til your swiping finder is numb.

3. Small pool to choose from
Finding love on a cruise ship can be a bit like shooting fish in a barrel, but given the average age of cruise goers (although we won’t judge if you’re into that scene) you’re not going to have the largest pool of potential suitors to choose from. But that said, a smaller selection may work in your favour…

If the app doesn’t work for you, try going old school at the bar or pool. Most ships will also have a singles event at some point during the cruise.

Happy swiping.

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Chris Ashton

We're Chris Ashton and Simon Ceglinski, two Aussie travellers with a love of exploration and adventure, and the odd bit of luxury thrown in. We seek out street art, street food, and scuba diving wherever we go, and prefer the road less travelled over well-worn tourist paths.

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    • Agreed. There are so many different types of cruise and cruise ship available. I’ve decided small ship cruising is more my style, I think the ones with too many people can be a bit overwhelming. Plus the small ships give you a chance to meet people, recognise them when you pass etc.

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