Posted May 8th, 2013, 02:20 AM
Abredt: Well first I appreciate your comment on my site
Do you have any idea who this guy is and what he gets out of it if anything besides the satsfaction of being so helpful to so many people?
I have a long answer in the "about" section. However, here is a summary: I am working as a guide for cruise lines for 6 years now. During the winter, I got bored and started to research the web myself. Figured out there were plenty of sites around, but everything was scattered all across the web.
For example: A lot of TA#s just wanted to sell cruises, did not give details on cities. Solution: I wrote a search engine which outrules everyone else (sorry CC
): I have the only cruise search around where you can combine ship elements (like elevators and balconys) with ports of call. However I do not care where anyone books, just wanted to show this is possible
When I read and started to participate on this board, I saw a lot of questions (on river levels) popped up again and again. I needed these level myself, as low or high water affects me (at regular work) as well. Frankly, hungarian or kyrillic websites are not a comfortable place to start research, google translate helps a bit, but still.... Solution: I provide them centralized, that you can get the whole Danube without reading like 10 different websites. I am sure this will also raise the quality of debates in this wonderful cc river cruise community.
Last but not least I knew from experience that travellers often had two issues when they where in a town (or on a transfer): "Where am I" and "What is the exchange rate". So I started the app as a swiss army knife for your cruise: Get the water levels everywhere (remember, had them already), plus 460 high resolution city maps (not the rather vague a4 sheets) with GPS positioning. And of course a currency calculator (especially handy for Eastern Europe). Actually I would like to give it away for free, but I hired an external company (great guys btw), but it costed some money. Maybe I gonna give it away for free in a year or two. On the other hand, how much is $1.99 extra when the cruise costs a few grands, right?
Basically you are right, my biggest motivation was to centralize information on river cruises (and once I started I got probably a bit pedantic / german accuracy). Hundreds of hours? Well, add a zero
In general I just wanted to have a website which actually helps people - like the internet was 10 years ago
Carolyn: Thanks for the cruise line statements!