Adding stops that aren's political; i.e., "at sea"

Travel Forums System Talk Adding stops that aren's political; i.e., "at sea"

1. Posted by Texas8612 (Budding Member 3 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Hi to all. I'm a first-time user and am attempting to make a map/itinerary for an upcoming Florida-circumnavigate South America-Vancouver, BC cruise. I tried to Add Stop named "at sea," but the software doesn't seem to recognize anything other than a given political place name. Any suggestions for adding such places? Thanks in advance, Al (Texas8612)

2. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1213 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

I do a lot of cruises, and I just ignore the days when we are at sea (as far as stops go). There is just a gap in the dates between ports. So I leave Ft. Lauderdale on the 22nd and get to St. Barts on the 25th and I don't worry about putting a dot on the map for the 23rd and 24th.

When I write up the narrative, I write a blog post for those two days, but I don't worry with it on the map.

3. Posted by Peter (Admin 6782 posts) 5w 2 Star this if you like it!

It is possible to add custom places , a little non-intuitive I must admit, but here's how you would go about it.

1. Select a location reasonably nearby to get in the ballpark area.
2. You will get a page where you can edit the stop. At this point you can do 2 things. Firstly, on the map drag the marker to where you actually want it to be. And secondly change the stop name to whatever you want, ie.. "At Sea" would be just fine.
3. Add the stop.

You can only do the dragging of the marker when adding a new stop. It won't work if you go in to edit an existing stop. This is on purpose to avoid accidental position changes (something that used to happen in the previous map version).

I hope it helps.

4. Posted by DamCruisers (First Time Poster 1 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Is there a way to have map lines with mode of travel "ship" show in ocean and not through countries?

5. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1213 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

In my experience the map lines are quixotic. Even airplane lines sometimes come out funny. Sometimes they are curved and sometimes not. So the answer is = probably not.

If you could look at my map without getting a migraine or something and pick out one where I was traveling by boat like Caribbean Cruise you will see that the lines are straight for the boat part. The lines for the car section (driving down the coast) sometimes seem to follow the roads, and sometimes don't. I think that's why the ship lines are straight - there's nothing on the map for them to follow. This happens even when the trip is in a river - the lines don't follow the river because the map isn't coded to know where the rivers are.

[ Edit: Edited on 22-Aug-2019, 20:23 GMT by greatgrandmaR ]

6. Posted by Texas8612 (Budding Member 3 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Think I'm going to import a map to Adobe Illustrator, reduce its size, and then add a numerical/date legend (i.e., Day 17, Sat., Nov 32nd, Bridgetown, Barbados. Then add a directional line to illustrate the route taken. Might even "antique" it to make it resemble a treasure map or something like that.

7. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1213 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

(But Nov 32nd?):)

The problem with the maps exists in all of the maps I've seen on-line or digital. Since Google maps started charging other websites to use their maps, accommodations have had to be made.

8. Posted by Texas8612 (Budding Member 3 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

I'm a Type A when I travel. I want my itinerary all buttoned up, all my ducks in a row. So, maps are, to me, integral to that effort. I want one document that gives me all of my travel plans, times, contacts, addresses, and maps. That one document needs to be immediately recognizable and understandable. That includes the map. I don't want a lot out of a map, but I do want accuracy and I also want it to look good. So, guess I'll have to go plucking from the free maps that are available and, as my skills allow, make them pretty in Photoshop and/or Illustrator, etc. Because what I want, which isn't too much, simply isn't available in a "one stop shopping" experience on today's internet. Nuf said.

9. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1213 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

I like maps. Paper maps. Digital maps. And I also like charts. When we were traveling on our own boat, I did all the charting - picking waypoints and setting routes etc. Bob was better at logging our progress on a paper chart (as a back-up), but I did almost all of the planning. The planning is fun.

I found that not all the digital charts were absolutely accurate. We were in the channel in Bimini and the chart had us up on land. The chart was off by about a mile. (They admitted it.) So I like maps, and charts, but I don't absolutely trust them.