Do you need to get that special cruiser in your life a gift? Whether it is a birthday, anniversary, or another special occasion, don’t worry about finding the perfect present. We have put together our Top 25 Cruise Gift Ideas for 2018. It doesn’t matter if you are looking for something small or want to go all out, we have gifts in all price ranges.

Top 25 Cruise Gift Ideas 2018

Cruise LanyardWould it be a cruise if you didn’t have your key card easily accessible? It is a time honored tradition to proudly wear your lanyards while roaming the open air decks. Now, you have your key card at your finger tips to swipe for your next cruise drink.

Cruise Luggage Tag Holders – Don’t waste time folding and stapling your cruise tags to your luggage. These holders make adding your cruise tags to your suitcases simple and painless. These tag holders are perfect for Carnival Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, and Norwegian Cruise Line. These luggage tag holders work for Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises’ passengers. Either way, these are the perfect little gift.

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Lounge Chair Towel Clips – Don’t let the wind stop you from enjoying the Caribbean sun. These decorative towel clips fasten to any lounge chair in a snap. Find the pair that matches the personality of that cruiser in your life. From animal designs, to solid colors, and even flip flops, why not grab a couple for all your family members? These inexpensive gifts fit easily into your carry-on and are a must for any cruiser.

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.

Magnetic Hooks – While they may not sound too practical for some travelers, cruisers will thank you when they see these handy hooks. Small, yet strong, these magnetic hooks provide extra storage in those cramped quarters. Hang bags, clothes, the daily activity schedule, your tour tickets, and more; the sky is the limit. We suggest the 40 lb. magnets if you plan on hanging anything with a little weight to it.

Travel Games – Frequent cruisers know to pack a few games in their carry-ons for when they want to take a break from the sun. For family friendly fun, our new addiction is the dice game Quixx. For those with a twisted sense of humor, you can give the card game Exploding Kittens a try. Or, for those cruisers who aren’t “easily offended”, a few decks of Cards Against Humanity is sure to spice up your trip.

Insulated Wine Carrier – If the cruise line permits you to bring two bottles of wine onboard, this nifty wine bottle carrier will ensure your beverages arrive safely. This trendy carrier is insulated to protect your wine bottles from breaking during transit. These holders are easy to carry and stow away once onboard. The neoprene material will mold itself to fit most 750ml bottles of wine regardless of the shape.

Packable Luggage Scale – If you are 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.

Mobile Power Charger –  This small and compact device still tops our list of the best cruise gift ideas for 2018. Charge your phone, cameras, and up to five devices with a mix of USB ports and traditional outlets. There are a few different variations of this device including some with rotating outlets. We never leave for a cruise, or any other vacation, without throwing this into our carry-on.

Cord Organizer – If you are 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 T-Shirts – Show the world (whether on land or at sea) your love for the ocean with a fun cruise t-shirt. Yes, we are partial to certain sayings and graphics, but there are plenty to choose from. They are perfect for mom, dad, the kids, and even the grandparents. Everyone will love to wear one of these t-shirts on their next cruise vacation.

Yeti Water Bottles – 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. For more serious drinkers, 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 in 2018.

360 Degree Camera – With the Ricoh Theta 360 degree camera, you can capture photos and almost a half hour of video of literally everything around you on your next vacation. Take a tour of the port or the ship or enhance your selfies with the panoramic capabilities of this 14 megapixel camera. This camera pairs well with a brand new selfie stick.

Noise-Canceling Headphones – If the pool deck is getting too loud, or you want to escape to your own little paradise while on a mega-ship, these Bose Noise Canceling Headphones will do the trick. With the sound quality you would expect from Bose, these wireless headphones will block out all of the surrounding chatter to allow you to enjoy your favorite songs, audio books, or movies streaming from your smart device.

RFID Passport Holder – You need to protect yourself when traveling. This new RFID passport holder is not only fashionable, it blocks cyber criminals 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.

Selfie-Stick – The days of asking your fellow cruisers to take a photo of you are long gone. Now, you can get that mandatory ship selfie without the hassle of stopping other travelers with the Fugetek FT selfie stick. With multiple adapters for smart phones, cameras, and GoPros, this stick extends up to four feet and has a Bluetooth remote to make snapping those photos even easier.

Lindsey Philips Flip Flops – For that female cruiser on your list, you can never go wrong with buying some shoes. The Lindsay Phillips flip flop collection is not just any shoe, these lightweight and comfortable sandals have mix and match straps (with additional straps sold separately). You can reduce the number of flip flops you pack and still have different shoes to accessorize every outfit with these versatile and stylish sandals.

Anti-Theft Beach Bag – Never worry about leaving your bag unattended again. The CoolBag will keep your personals safe with a combination lock zipper and cable handles that can be secured to a lounge chair while you are enjoying yourself at the pool or beach. Inside, there are plenty of pockets for your tablet computers, cell phones, and other beach items, along with a waterproof cooler at the bottom that can be accessed from outside of the bag.

Fitness Tracker (or Smart Watch) – Keep track of your steps, decks climbed, and overall activity with the Fitbit Charge 2. This tracker will also record your heart rate as well as calories burned during the day. Interchangeable bands also mean that you can customize the tracker to match your outfit. Or, you can upgrade your selection to the Blaze Smart Watch. Any cruiser in your life would certainly love this gift.

Go Pro Wearable Camera – Record your entire vacation in 4K video with the world’s most popular wearable camera. The new GoPro Hero 6 is waterproof, has a digital display and menu, and can be easily secured to clothing and other attachments. This video camera can be used to capture zip line rides, water slide falls, onboard dance parties, and other cruise highlights. Don’t forget to throw in some extra memory cards as there will be a lot to document.

Smart Luggage – The new Bluesmart carry-on luggage is a lightweight, carry-on that comes equipped with a charging station, a remote lock tied to your cell phone, a built-in scale, and GPS tracking so you always know where your luggage is located. Can it handle the Princess’ packing habits?

Tablet Computer – 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 an iPad Air, the lightest and most powerful of the iPad tablets available. Or, if you are like me, you might opt for an Amazon Fire HD 8 Kindle which is even more compact and offers an easy to use operating system linked to your Amazon account.

Onboard Suprise – Send your favorite cruiser off in style with a special onboard delivery. If you know their next trip, you can contact the cruise company to order a special something for when they arrive. Packages often include bottles of champagne, balloons, flowers, and treats like chocolate covered strawberries. It is the perfect way for them to celebrate their sail away.

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Cruise Gift Cards – Not exactly sure what to get that cruiser in life? While the Princess thinks they are a bit impersonal, I think a cruise gift card is a great gift choice. Many lines offer cards including Norwegian Cruise Line and Carnival Cruise Line. If your favorite cruise line does not offer gift cards, you can still add onboard credit to an existing account for most lines. It just takes a little more work.

A Cruise – Yes, if you are willing to splurge this year, you can get that special someone the ultimate cruise gift- a cruise!  Surprise him or her with a brand new trip to plan. Or, if you can’t swing a new reservation, perhaps you can upgrade that inside cabin for a balcony or go all out with a suite. If you time it right with some of the cruise deals happening now, the upgrade may not be as costly as you think.


How many of these items do you take on a cruise? Have we missed one of your favorite cruise gift ideas? Drop us an anchor below to share your favorite gifts for all the cruisers in your life.

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