Earlier this month, we rolled out the 2017/2018 Cruise Line Schedules. This past weekend, we began rolling out our news Cruise Port Schedule feature, Combined Cruise Port Schedules by Country. This is an internet first, only we offer this feature, which went into effective April 16, 2017.
At a glance, all cruise ships calling in ports for a certain physical country, political country or collection of cruise ports are placed into a single cruise calendar.
This process allows our visitors to see on a single page, a collection of cruise ships calling on a single calendar. An example of this would be the Panama Canal. While technically, the Panama Canal is not a country, instead a physical location, the calendar collects itineraries for ships transiting the Panama Canal.
Some countries get so few cruise ship calls at this time, putting all the calls on a single calendar, makes better sense than forcing the visitor to drill through port after port to see which cruise ships are calling at each port.
In the example of South Korea, seen to the right, the cruise ports of Jeju Island, Incheon, and Busan are all seen on one schedule. This may be especially relevant in the coming months with tensions building in South Korea.
Other websites providing this information would have the visitor click to navigate eight to ten pages on their website to view these same ports once they enter the main page of their website.
This is because of website revenue models. There are four primary types of website revenue, subscription, CPA ads, CPM ads and CPC ads.
Subscription revenue demands you pay up front for access to the content. Many website owners do this because they don’t get enough visitors to enable them to earn a decent monthly income with the following advertising models, or their website doesn’t meet the guidelines for acceptance into the follow revenue models.
CPA, or cost per action, pays the webmaster when you sign up for something an advertiser offers on their website. Examples might be, signing up for third party travel insurance for a trip or cruise.
CPM revenue pays the webmaster for every thousand page views they get. This is the big reason spammy websites such as Hollywood scandal websites place the content for a single article over 20-30 pages. The website tricks you into lots of page views, in order to get to the ‘big news story’, which is placed on the last page of an article.
CPC revenue is gained when the website owner is paid when the visitor clicks on an ad, views content then actively surfs the advertisers’ website for a specified period of time.
As true web geeks, we don’t publish website content just for revenue, we publish with a genuine interest in making the internet a better place to educate and enhance the lives of adults on a wide range of topics. Our income is secondary. This is why we try to get the visitor to the content they were seeking, as quickly possible.
Long ago established internet protocol, requires the web business owner to get the visitor to the content they seek in three clicks from entry to the website, to the page they seek. Our new and revised, Combined Cruise Port Schedules by Country, cruise calendars can get the visitor to the content they seek in two clicks, if the visitor arrives on Cruise Port Schedules website main page.
You may not know, back in 2005 (my first website was launched in 1999) the first cruise industry website we published was Cruise Bruise. Cruise Bruise became so large, it was getting nearly impossible to navigate the website using the three click rule. Over the subsequent 12 years, we broke up Cruise Bruise into topic specific websites, with the three click rule in mind. The three click rule policy is something newby webmasters routinely violate.
Not only that, many of the website pages which were originally part of Cruise Bruise are not really about “Bruise” topics taking place at sea, so it didn’t make sense to publish them on Cruise Bruise. Such is the case, for our Live Cruise Ship Tracker network (circa 2009), which is now comprised of 18 websites.
Note on the cruise port schedule screen shot above, each country has a “Combined” schedule, which includes all the ports in one particular country. The term “country” is not necessarily politically based on a single country. Instead it collects the schedules for a specified area. Such as the case of the Combined European Port Schedules.
You will note England, Ireland and Scotland are all part of the United Kingdom political territory, but listed as individual nations on the Combined European Port Schedule. This is more of a relevant European geographical grouping.
Please note, when you click on a specific port call detail in our cruise port schedules, the entry will open up to give you access to more information, such as the cruise ship tracker for that particular cruise ship, cruise ship camera webcams, cruise port views and cruise ship weather. These are very handy features during hurricane season.
As we work through the 2017/2018 upgrades, all those websites will also be rolling out new features.
The Country Cruise Ship Schedules are rolling out through the end of the month, based on passenger popularity. If you don’t see a “country” schedule on our website which is of interest to you , request it. Do check back during the next 30 days, to see 160+ Combined Cruise Port Schedules by Country and more ports added to our Cruise Port Schedule offerings.