Cruise Countdown

Updated Oct 5, 2023 by Julie Crews

Countdown the days to your cruise right from your homescreen. CruisePicker app now includes unlimited countdown widgets to help you get excited for your cruise!

cruise countdown widgets ios
Countdown widgets in small and medium sizes.

You've just booked a cruise and can't wait to get till sailaway day. Get excited by adding a countdown widget to your iphone. Widgets live among your apps on your homescreen.

If you don't already have the Cruise Picker app, download it here.

The app supports countdowns for Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian (NCL), Princess, Celebrity, Holland America, Disney, Virgin Voyages, MSC Cruises and Cunard. Add one or as many as you want (yes, the widgets are free).

Customize the widget by picking from seven beautiful background images: aft sailaway, coral reef, beach, sunset, deck view, Alaska glacier and a frozen drink. You can also choose from several popular cruise memes.

Add text to your countdown! Open your countdown in the app and you'll have the ability to add custom text.

NEW: Add Countdown Widgets for Mac Desktop. Have a mac desktop? Now you can get excited for your cruise from your desktop.

In This Guide

Royal Caribbean Cruise Countdown

Countdown widgets for Royal Caribbean
Royal Caribbean Countdowns

Carnival Cruise Countdown

Countdown widgets for Carnival Cruise
Carnival Cruise Countdowns

Disney Cruise Countdown

Countdown widgets for Disney Cruise
Disney Cruise Countdowns

Three Widget Sizes

Choose from three widget sizes - small, medium and large.

Small Widgets show your ship name and how many days left to sailaway.

Small cruise countdown widget
Small sized widgets

Medium Widgets show your ship name, sail date, and how many days left to sailaway.

Medium cruise countdown widget
Medium sized widgets

Large Widgets show the same information as the medium, but also includes a handy packing list. If you want the ability to check off and edit items, then check out the packing list widget.

Large cruise countdown widget with packing list
Large sized widgets

How to Install Countdown Widgets

  1. Download the Cruise Picker app
  2. Go to your homescreen (that has some empty space) and long press on empty space. Your app icons will wiggle and a "+" button will appear on the upper left. Tap the "+" button.
  3. homescreen long press
  4. Type 'cruisepicker' into search
  5. Pick a widget to install
  6. add widget
  7. Tap the 'Done' button. The defaul widget will be installed on your homescreen. Now lets customize it for your cruise.
  8. Long press on the actual widget. A menu will pop up. Tap on 'Edit Widget'. Note, tapping the widget will open the app. You want to long press (not tap).
  9. edit widget
  10. The widget will flip around. Tap the blue cruise line and ship buttons to select your line and ship.
  11. customize widget
  12. Add a sail date. Important: the date has to be in the MM/DD/YY format. For example if your sail date is July 21st, 2022, enter '7/21/22'. Note: If you happen to be in Canada, then the date format should be YYYY-MM-DD (2022-07-21).
  13. customize widget
  14. Choose a background image. Select from 10 hand selected images (including some fun cruise memes:)), or simply choose no image. After selecting, tap anywhere outside the widget. And, you're done!
  15. customize widget

    Repeat the above steps to add as many widgets as you want!

How to Add Text and Share your Cruise Countdown

  1. Tap on any of your countdown widgets.
  2. tap on widget to share
  3. Tap on the 'Add Text' button.
  4. tap on add text
  5. Type in any text you want (including emojis!), and tap the 'Add' button. You will have the option to Edit or delete this text.
  6. type in your text
  7. You can tap 'Edit Text' or 'Delete' to make changes. Choose your background image and Tap the 'Share countdown' button.
  8. choose image and tap share
  9. Here is the final image. You can either save to your camera roll or share your countdown on: iMessage, WhatsApp, etc.
  10. final countdown image share to iMessage or other app


Repeat the above steps as many times as you wish. Here are the cruise lines we support:

  • Carnival
  • Royal Caribbean
  • Norwegian Cruise (NCL)
  • Celebrity Cruise
  • Princess Cruise
  • Holland America (HAL)
  • Disney Cruise
  • Virgin Voyages
  • MSC Cruise
  • Cunard
  • Don't see your favorite? Let us know!

    Also, add countdown widgets for your lock screen.

    Enjoy these countdown widgets and if you have any feedback or suggestions, don't hesitate to get in touch. Email us at