Loyal HAL guests George and Marney Wilde recently created a blog, complete with video and photo galleries, to document their experience on board ms Amsterdam as they cruised round-trip from the Port of Long Beach, California, on their Pan-American/Panama Canal cruise.
George created a cool interactive map using the GPS device on his Nikon SLR camera and Google Maps to outline their itineraries from every HAL cruise they have ever taken along with a photo from each port of call visited.
Link to the Wilde’s Blog here.
Link to the Wilde’s Cruise Itinerary Maps here.
Snapshot of the Wilde's Cruise Itinerary Map.
Below, George gives a step-by-step tutorial for creating your personal interactive map using Google Maps:
I used Google’s My Maps to create these maps of our Holland America cruises. Creating these maps is really easy, and an excellent Google help page (including a video tutorial) is available at Google Maps.
You do need a free Google account to create My Maps, but most people probably already have an account if they use Gmail or other Google services. You can insert your own photos (as I have done on several cruises) or even videos. Photos and videos do need to be located on some Web site so that they can be referenced, but this is also true of photos and videos inserted into most blogs. You can even create your own placemark icons (perhaps a small image of a Holland America ship, or even the Holland America Line logo). You can add lines and graphics to trace your actual route if you so desire.
If you have a camera that records GPS data, as I do, you can enter the actual latitude and longitude of your various photos into Google maps to get very accurate position information. You can then zoom into that location on Google maps to see a detailed satellite view of where the photo was taken. You can even get a street view if it is available. With more and more cameras and smart phones having GPS capabilities these days, using GPS information with Google maps is becoming much more feasible. I find GPS to be especially useful when taking photos on days at sea, so that I have some reference point as to where the ship was when I took the photo.
George and Marney Wilde