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Unique Gifts for Someone Going On A Cruise

Updated on February 4, 2015

Welcome to my Cruise Gift Guide!

Great Gifts for Cruisers - Is someone you know going on a cruise? Do you want to give a little something when you tell the family that you're headed out to sea? Whether it's their first cruise or their twentieth cruise, we have great gift ideas to wish them a Bon Voyage. From luggage tags to guidebooks to books, we've got something for everyone. Not every gift has to cost a fortune - we've got included some inexpensive choices that still say, "I'm celebrating with you." Giving a gift is an especially nice gesture when you don't get to go along.

Cruise Tip...

Carry post it notes so you can write down special requests and thank you's for your room steward.

Our daughter made us go on a cruise...

At one point, cruises had the reputation of being for "the newly wed and nearly dead." We don't gamble and we aren't big shoppers so we never thought a cruise would be our thing. Then our oldest daughter was graduating from high school and wanted to go on a cruise so we decided we could do a cruise this one time, for her. We were so surprised to discover that we actually like cruising and that there are a myriad of activities for people with all kinds of interests. That was our first cruise but it certainly wasn't our last.

A little something for your trip...

Kate Aspen 13008NA Luggage Tag, Cruise Ship
Kate Aspen 13008NA Luggage Tag, Cruise Ship

This cruise ship luggage tag makes a great stocking stuffer or a wonderful gift for a co-worker.


Cruise Tip

Don't forget to take your bathing suit as a carry on so you can enjoy swimming in the pool on the day you board (when the pools are at their least crowded) instead of waiting for your luggage to arrive.

Cruise Tip...

Take lots of one dollar bills for the bus drivers, luggage haulers and the people who deliver your room service orders. These people are not included in the pre-paid gratuities.

Cruise Book Travel Diary Journal Travel Gift
Cruise Book Travel Diary Journal Travel Gift

Going on a cruise is a very special event and you'll be glad you took time to remember the highlights of each day.


Cruise Tip

Bring a highligher to mark the "must do" events on your daily cruise activities sheet each day. It is surprising how much is going on at the same time. Some families find it helpful to have one color for activities that interest the adults only and others that that interest the kids.

Devils on the Deep Blue Sea: The Dreams, Schemes, and Showdowns That Built America's Cruise-Ship Empires
Devils on the Deep Blue Sea: The Dreams, Schemes, and Showdowns That Built America's Cruise-Ship Empires

I thought this book about the early days of the modern cruise industry was really interesting.


Cruise Tip

Pack a electrical power strip / bar to take with you. There are only a couple of electrical outlets in the room and you may need more plug-ins for recharging your lap top, digital camera, battery charger, and similar other items.

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Great for Snorkelers....

DRY PAK "Alligator" Wallet, 4 x 4, Yellow/Blue
DRY PAK "Alligator" Wallet, 4 x 4, Yellow/Blue

My best purchase ever was a small water wallet to take to the beach. It's large enough to hold passport, credit cards, and cash, but is no trouble to clip securely around your waist. You don't have to worry about where to put the valuables while you are snorkeling!!


Cruise Tip...

Book spa appointments immediately so that you can get your time. You can always change them later but they fill up quick especially for formal nights.

Cruise Tip...

Type out a sheet with your name, cabin number, and cell phone number. Place it in each of your suitcases -- right on top where it's visible. If your luggage tags are lost, the crew member who opens your suitcase will immediately know where to deliver your bags.

Cruise Tip...

An over the door shoe holder placed on the bathroom door can help keep all you things in one place and they are pretty cheap to buy.

Cruise Tip

If you are in an inside cabin, bring a night light to put in the bathroom. Interior rooms can be dark, making it hard to find the bathroom at night.

Cruise Tip...

Zip lock bags come in handy for so much: wet suits on the last day for things the kids collect, snacks on excursions, oozing sun screen, etc. A large ziplock bag and two pieces of thin cardboard work well to transport your pictures home. It'd be a shame to spend so much on them, then have them bent in your luggage.

Going on a cruise? - Happy holidays!

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      travelingmarketer 4 years ago

      You offer some fantastic gift items here. My girlfriend and I took our first cruise this year to the Bahamas and it was awesome. I did a lot of research beforehand and came across an excellent resource guide that helped us save hundreds on our cruise. One of the best savings was a cabin upgrade at no additional cost. You can find this guide here -

      I really recommend this guide as there's some valuable tips and information that anyone going on a cruise should be aware off. Thanks again for the great lens!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Add a dry erase board to your list of "must haves" Hubby and I kept missing each other. He was on his way to meet me at the coffee shop while I was meeting him at the pool deck.

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      audrey07 5 years ago

      A cruise is fun if you are going with a large group of family and friends. If you are alone, I think it can be pretty boring!

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      rt8ca 5 years ago

      Some very helpful tips for not just cruising! Our family have enjoyed 4 wonderful cruises in past years! Great value and a wonderful way to spend quality family time together! Thanks for sharing!

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      AbhishekKhandel 5 years ago

      Fantastic tips! I am impressed with the amount of time you must have put into this lens. Great job!

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      mumsgather 5 years ago

      I like your tips. I think they're really useful.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      Great tips. Here's one of mine. Keep bathing suits in your carry ons when you check in as luggage may take awhile to arrive at your room.

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      Expat Mamasita 5 years ago from Slovakia

      Excellent tips

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      Tara Wojtaszek 5 years ago

      Really great tips!

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      Heidi Vincent 5 years ago from GRENADA

      Excellent tips!

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      Camden1 5 years ago

      Great tips! I've been lucky enough to go on 4 cruises - hopefully there'll be more in my future once we've finished paying for college!

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      jazziyarbrough 5 years ago

      Thank you for sharing great tips, as I was not aware of the people who were not included in the gratuities. I would think everyone would be included, how awful!

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      pcgamehardware 6 years ago

      Really useful tips.

      My wife and I went on a cruise a long time ago and we sure could have used some of these great cruise tips back then.

      Anyway, great lens and cool gifts, thanks for sharing.

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      jolou 6 years ago

      Your tips are excellent. Like you I wasn't interested in cruising either. However a friend talked me into going to Alaska and it was wonderful. Planning on going to Mexico this winter now.

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      June Nash 6 years ago

      I have been on several cruises and am going on another this winter. I love the lens. You gave a lot of great tips such as the post it notes, highlighters and zip lock bags and cardboard sheets for protecting photos. I enjoyed this!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      There's a great eBook you might want to recommend as well. How to Be a Crafty Cruiser.

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      huvalbd 6 years ago

      Well thought out, helpful lens.

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      Steve and Annette 7 years ago

      @KellyMariaClark: Yea! I'm happy for you. I haven't been on an Alaskan cruise yet but my parents went on one recently and absolutely loved it. They ended up buying jackets in Alaska - it was cooler (and wetter) than they anticipated.

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      KellyMariaClark 7 years ago

      Great tips! I took my first cruise a couple years ago. My second is coming up soon... I'll be heading to Alaska this time.

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      WindyWintersHubs 7 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Fabulous little tips! I'm glad you enjoyed your 1st cruise and that it was a good experience. It is amazing what you can find to do on a cruise ship. Our first cruise was years ago (30+) on an old ocean liner. Our first real memorable cruise was to Alaska. The cruise ships today are fantastic and a nice affordable get-a-away. I will have to keep these tips in mind for our next cruise. :)