Gifts are always hard to think of but if you have a cruiser in the family or cruise-loving friends this is the gift guide for you with 50 useful gifts for the cruise traveller.
Here are 50 items within all price ranges that are actually useful for going on a cruise vacation.
From budget-friendly cruise gifts to the ultimate gift for any family member for this holiday season.
I spend most of the year on board a cruise ship, so I really know what is useful to have with you when on a cruise.
This cruise gift guide will help you find the perfect gift for the cruise lover for their next cruise.
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1. Packing Cubes
Packing Cubes are an item that every cruise passenger should use when packing their luggage, whether it be a backpack or a suitcase. They make packing easier and a lot more organized and are the perfect cruise gift idea.
2. Carry On Luggage
Carry-on luggage is essential when joining a cruise ship as your luggage is delivered to your cabin just before the ship sails. Having Carry-On Luggage on embarkation day means you have the essentials you need.
Luggage is something a cruiser will always need. There can be some great deals in the outlet section on some luggage websites, they may not be the latest designs, but fantastic quality.
4. TSA Padlocks
TSA padlocks are essential if you flying through the USA as the TSA could search your luggage at any time without you present. If your padlocks are not TSA approved the locks will be broken off and unusable again.
5. Luggage Strap
Luggage straps are very helpful when travelling and they are a great way to make your luggage more identifiable, especially if you have a black case.
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6. Luggage Scales
Luggage scales are a necessity with airlines tightening the rules on luggage allowance, so having a travel-sized scale is always handy.
7. Luggage Label
Luggage labels are essential to identify your luggage when flying and cruising.
8. Cruise Luggage Tag
Cruise Luggage Tags protect the paper printout that you need to put on your luggage before you join the cruise ship, and then your luggage is delivered to the correct cabin with the tag intact.
A cruise lanyard makes life easier to hold your cruise card (cabin key/ship ID card) without having to carry a bag or have a pocket to put in and make great stocking stuffers.
10. Passport Holder / Cover
Passport holders/covers protect your passport from wear and tear and add some personalisation.
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11. Travel Wallet
Travel wallets are great for keeping all your travel documents and credit cards together, so no worrying about where everything is when travelling.
12. Selfie Stick
Selfie sticks are helpful when on your own or to get a shot of the family without bothering anyone else to take your photo.
13. Portable Battery Charger
A portable charger is a must when going out all day in port to keep your phone battery full and never miss a photo opportunity.
14. iPhone/iPad Cable
iPhone/iPad ad cables are needed to charge the phone/pad with the regular country plug, portable battery charger or a USB wall charger. Always handy to have a spare cable.
15. World Adapter
A world adapter is handy for hotel rooms before joining a cruise, onboard and in ports.
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An iPhone is perfect to take on a cruise as is a good camera and it is a computer that fits in your pocket.
An iPad is great for cruising as it can be used for so many things; a computer, book, magazine, newspaper, playing games, watching movies/TV shows, etc.
A camera is a lovely gift for a cruiser, as who goes on a cruise without taking any photos?
If you know someone that loves to read a Kindle is a great gift. Especially the ones that can be read in sunlight too, so they can read on the pool deck.
20. Insulated Water Bottle
There is nothing worse than a bottle of water that has got warm, so an insulated water bottle is very handy. Water bottles are a great gift for going on shore excursions or exploring the ports.
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21. Travel Coffee Cup / Coffee Mug
Everyone should have a travel coffee cup/mug as it is better for the environment and the cup keeps the coffee warmer for longer if you buy an insulated one.
A backpack is very handy for going ashore in port, for carrying a water bottle, camera, souvenirs, etc. It is better for your back to use a backpack than a shoulder bag.
23. Travel Beach Towel
A travel beach towel is better than an ordinary beach towel as they are made from a microfibre that is lighter and dries quicker. This way they do not take up too much space in your luggage and they dry quickly for packing. They can also be used as an exercise mat in the cabin.
24. Travel Yoga Mat
If you know a cruise yogi then this is the perfect gift, as most people who practice yoga prefer to use their own mat. A travel yoga mat can be used onboard, in hotels, at home and in the yoga studio.
25. Travel Laundry Bag
We all have laundry, so a nice bag to put it in when cruising is nice and it is easier to store in the cabin. If you are going to do your laundry when onboard it is nice to have a travel laundry bag to carry to the laundrette.
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26. Travel Journal
A travel journal is a lovely way to record the cruise ports you went to and what happened on the cruise.
27. Travel Wash Bag/Toiletry Bag
Everyone needs a travel wash bag/toiletry bag for their toiletries on a cruise, so this is always a useful gift.
28. Travel Sized Toiletries
A gift with travel-sized toiletries is always going to be handy for someone who travels a lot.
29. Travel Silk Pillow Case
A silk pillowcase is a perfect gift for someone who wants to protect their skin and hair while cruising or has sensitive skin.
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30. Beach Towel Clips/Towel Bands
Beach towel clips or towel bands are very useful to use to hold your beach towel to your sun lounger when onboard at the pool deck as it does get windy. Also, they can be used to clip your towels/clothing to the chairs on your balcony if you travel in a balcony cabin.
31. Travel Make-up bag
A smaller make-up bag for travelling is useful as you don’t need all your whole make-up collection for a cruise.
32. Magnetic hooks
The walls in the cabins on board are magnetic so magnetic hooks are handy for hanging up extra things like necklaces, bracelets, bags, hats and sticks things to the wall.
33. Nautical Phone Case
A nautical phone case is just a fun gift, especially if they love their phone and cruising!
34. Nautical iPad Case
Another fun gift for the iPad lover and cruiser lover is a nautical iPad case!
35. Nautical Kindle Case
A nautical Kindle case is a fun way to accessorise the Kindle.
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36. Cruised Themed T-Shirts
There are many play-on-words cruise ship T-shirts around and I’m sure this would bring a smile to the cruise lovers’ faces.
37. Waterproof Phone Pouch / Cover
A waterproof phone pouch/case is essential on the beach, boat trip or by the pool on board to keep your phone dry.
38. Beach/Pool Bag
A beach/pool bag is essential for a warm itinerary to carry towels, cameras, phones, etc.
If you are travelling with friends or family on a cruise, stationary such as Post-it notes, pens, tape, and paper come in handy to stick notes to cabin doors or on the cruise cabin walls.
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40. Cruise Power Strip
Plug sockets are never in the right place or close to a mirror, so bringing a cruise power strip will make getting ready or charging your phone a little easier.
41. Portable Speakers
If you like to listen to your music in the cabin, portable speakers that link to your phone/iPad are a really handy gift.
Binoculars are the perfect gift for the wildlife spotter or the nosy!
43. Sunscreen & Aftersun
On warm itineraries, everyone needs sunscreen and probably some aftersun for the missed bits!
Hats are always good for warm or cold itineraries on a cruise.
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45. Travel Alarm Clock
If you do not travel with a cell phone, a travel alarm clock is handy to have for those early morning tours.
46. Seasick Tablets / Travel Bands
47. Corkscrew / Bottle Opener
Most cruise lines allow one bottle of wine per person to bring on board, but if you would like to drink it in your cabin you will need a corkscrew!
48. Laundry Delicates Bag
If you are going to wash your laundry onboard, delicate bags are essential for underwear and delicate items of clothing, as the machines are not like the ones you have at home.
49. Small Purse
A small purse is handy on a cruise to carry a cruise card (cabin key), cell phone, etc.
50. Cabin Door Organiser
This is a great gift for the over-packer, if you bring a lot on your cruise a door organiser will help you with all those shoes, bags, accessories, etc that you don’t know where to put in the closet as you have run out of room!
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