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Shop online for family or friends who love to travel with our annual Holiday Gift Guide for cruisers.

Rodion Kutsaev / Special to Cruiseable

Shop online for family or friends who love to travel with our annual Holiday Gift Guide for cruisers.

Holiday Gift Guide for cruise travelers

Christmas gift ideas to help you get ready for your 2019 travels

Want to get a gift for that special cruiser in your life? Whether it’s for the fast-approaching Christmas holiday or another special occasion, we’ve taken the worry out of finding the perfect present. You'll likely find most of these during CyberMonday sales today and throughout the week. 

Surprise the avid cruisers or travel addicts in your life by shopping online for these nifty travel gifts so that they’ll be ready for travel by land or sea in 2019 right from the start of the new year.

You’ll find gifts below in all price ranges. Here’s our Top 20 Cruise Gift Ideas for the holidays.

TravelPro Crew luggage

TravelPro Crew luggage


If you travel often, you probably go through luggage every few years. If it’s time to upgrade your baggage, consider the TravelPro Crew 11 series. This lightweight and durable polycarbonate suitcase comes equipped with built-in TSA-approved locks. In addition, the luggage offers separate compartments for organized packing. The adjustable grip handle and “no drift” 360-degree spinner wheels make it worth the additional cost.


Mobile power charger


Power outlets are a premium in a cruise cabin. That is why this conveniently shaped and cruise-friendly travel power strip tops our list of the best cruise gift ideas for the holidays. Charge your phone, cameras and up to six devices with a mix of USB ports and traditional outlets. The extension cord allows you to strategically set out the device with a maximum of space.


180-degree snorkel mask

180-degree snorkel mask


Ocean lovers are going to want to upgrade to a modern snorkel mask. Topping my list this year is the Seaview snorkel mask. This modern design gives you unparalleled views of the ocean. It comes with a tubeless design and an attachment for your Go Pro, so your friend will be the envy of the beach crowd.


Mirrorless camera


We upgraded our digital camera experience last year, and there's no looking back. While there are a few good options on the market, we have had great luck with the Sony Alpha mirrorless camera. This compact camera delivers amazing photos, 4K video and provides some of the easiest to use controls and intelligent auto settings making any photographer a pro.


Anti-theft beach bag

Anti-theft beach bag


Never worry about leaving your bag unattended again. The CoolBag Generation 2 will keep your personals safe with a combination lock zipper and cable handles that can be secured to a lounge chair while you’re enjoying yourself at the pool or beach.


GoPro Wearable Camera


Record highlights of your vacation in 4K video with the world’s most popular wearable camera. The new GoPro Hero 7is waterproof, has a digital display and menu and can be easily secured to clothing and other attachments. Also, new in this version is enhanced stabilization. Now, you can capture zipline rides and waterslide falls with smooth HD video. Don’t forget to throw in some extra memory cards depending on your activity level.


Yeti water bottle

Yeti water bottle


Staying hydrated while onboard or exploring a port of call is crucial. That is why we invested in an oversized Yeti Rambler bottle to fill with water. It really does keep things cold for the entire day. You might even consider a pair of Yeti tumblers with lids for those frozen drinks or iced coffee. After all, no one likes a watered-down drink! These Yeti thermoses also work great at keeping coffee warm if you are thinking of cruising to a colder locale.


RFID passport holder

RFID passport holder


You need to protect yourself when traveling. This new RFID passport holder is not only fashionable, but it also blocks cybercriminals from stealing your information. With plenty of room for your key card, some cash and credit cards, this can serve multiple purposes during a trip.


Noise-canceling headphones

Noise-canceling headphones


If you want to escape to your own little paradise while on a mega-ship, these Beats Studio 3 headphones will do the trick. These wireless headphones deliver unparalleled sound quality. In addition, the headphones can block out all of the surrounding chatter to allow you to enjoy your favorite songs, audiobooks, podcasts or other streaming media from your smart device.


Sperry water shoes

Sperry water shoes


If you're cruising to a warm location, you may be taking part in some water-related activities. We recently upgraded to a pair of versatile Sperry water shoes. With the design of a sneaker, these lightweight shoes offer great traction. However, they have built-in drains and are made from quick drying materials.


Fitness tracker or smartwatch


Keep track of your steps, decks climbed and overall activity with the Fitbit Charge 3. This tracker will also record your heart rate as well as calories burned during the day, and it's a good way to make sure you don't put on any weight during your cruise. Interchangeable bands also mean that you can customize the tracker to match your outfit. Or, you can upgrade to a brand new Apple Watch if you want to go all out.


Anti-Theft Classic Messenger Bag

Message bag


If the cruiser in your life is setting off to a cold weather destination, one of these classic Travelon Anti-Theft Classic Messenger Bags is a great choice. Travel ashore with ease and security with this stylish bag, which features RFID protection. The bags offer plenty of pockets for your tablet computers, cell phones and other items.


Insulated wine carrier

Insulated wine carrier


If the cruise line permits you to bring two bottles of wine on board, this nifty wine bottle carrier will ensure your beverages arrive safely. (Conversely, you may want to buy some nice bottles in port and bring them home.) This trendy carrier is insulated to protect your wine bottles from breaking during transit. The holders are easy to carry and stow away once on board. The neoprene material will mold itself to fit most 750ml bottles of wine regardless of the shape.


Packable luggage scale


If you’re married to an over-packer like I am, then you need a durable travel luggage scale. Never pay luggage overage charges again. Accurate and easy to use, you can quickly determine the weight of your bag with this device. Avoid frantically emptying your suitcase at the ticket counter of the airport to get it under the allowable weight limits.


cell phone case

Cell phone case


The days of disconnecting while at sea are long gone. Everyone takes their smartphones with them on vacation including cruisers. So, make sure your device is protected while lounging at the pool or beach. We can’t live without our Lifeproof cases for our iPhones. If you already have a case for your phone, we suggest an inexpensive waterproof travel case.


Champagne and strawberries served on a Cunard Line cruise.
Courtesy of Cunard LineChampagne and strawberries served on a Cunard Line cruise.

Bon Voyage package

16Send your favorite cruisers off in style with a special onboard delivery. If you know the details of their next trip, you can contact the cruise line to order a special something for when they arrive on board. Packages often include bottles of champagne, balloons, flowers and/or treats like chocolate-covered strawberries. A Holland America Bon Voyage package, for example, costs $31.13 and includes sparkling wine, balloon and a ribbon. It's the perfect way for them to celebrate their sail-away.


The Amazon Fire HD 10
The Amazon Fire HD 10

Tablet device


You could pack some paperback books, crossword puzzles, a computer, a camera and other devices to enjoy on your vacation. Or, you could put all of those items at your fingertips with a small tablet computer. You can’t go wrong with a new iPad, one of the most popular tablets available, or the Amazon Fire HD 10 with a 1080px full-HD display. For the little ones, you might opt for an Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Kindle, which is kid-proof and still offers great content, games and other features.


Cord organizer


If you're like us, then you might be bringing a few extra electronics along on the trip, like phones, tablets and cameras. Keep all of your device cords organized with the ProCase Travel Organizer. Keeping everything neatly tucked into one place, this accessory makes packing a breeze and ensures that you won’t leave any essential cords behind.



Cruise lanyard


Would it be a cruise if you didn’t have your keycard easily accessible? It is a time-honored tradition to proudly wear your lanyards while roaming the open air decks. Now you'll have your keycard at your fingertips to swipe for your next cruise drink. And they're economical at $14 a pop. 


Picture yourself in the middle of a postcard: A shot of Diamond Princess cruising through College Fjord, Alaska.
Danny Lehman / Courtesy of Princess CruisesPicture yourself in the middle of a postcard: A shot of Diamond Princess cruising through College Fjord, Alaska.

A cruise!!!

20We saved the best for last! Yes, if you've saved up for that special someone, why not surprise them with the gift of a cruise in the new year? On Christmas morning, you can surprise him or her with a card announcing the idea of a new trip to plan — or perhaps you can even book a specific itinerary. Use Cruiseable's Bliss Filters to begin searching for the perfect cruise. As always, the travel experts in our Business Department are available at 1-877-322-3773 to take your calls and quote you the best price around.

Your turn

What's on your gift list this holiday season? Have we missed one of your favorite cruise gift ideas? Share your thoughts in the comments to help make everyone’s Christmas shopping easier this year.

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and happy holidays, everyone! May all your cruise dreams come true in the new year!

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DB & the Princess
Along with my wife, I'm the co-editor of, helping you sea the world, one port at a time!