It’s hard to believe that there are only a few weeks left until Christmas. Hopefully you have been a good little cruiser this year. If you are not sure what to add to your list this year, or you are shopping for that fanatic cruise lover in your life, you have come to the right place. We have put together our 25 Best Cruise Gift Ideas 2016 edition. We have ideas for all price ranges, from stocking stuffers to the one signature gift all cruisers want. What will be under your tree this year?

25 Best Cruise Gift Ideas 2016 Edition

Stocking Stuffers

Detachable Lanyard

While you are on the ship, the only thing you will need is your cruise card. You can have it readily accessible with these detachable lanyards. The detachable feature makes giving your card to the bartender or waiter for payment very easy. If you want one for when you are on shore, these lanyards include RFID sleeve protection and storage for additional IDs that are necessary when visiting ports of call.

Cruise Gift Ideas 2016 Edition

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 easy, simple, and painless. These tag holders are perfect for Carnival Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, and Norwegian Cruise Line. We recommend these luggage tag holders 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 stocking stuffers fit easily into your carry on and are a must for any cruiser.

Cruise Gift Ideas 2016 Edition

Anchor Passport Holder and Luggage Tags

Coordinating your accessories is a must when on vacation, at least according to the Princess. Show the world that you love to “sea the world one port at a time” with your matching anchor luggage tags and passport holder. Not only are they fashionable, but the passport holder has RFID blocking protection to help keep your personal information secured.

Cruise Gift Ideas 2016 Edition

Magnetic Hooks

While they may not sound too practical for some travelers, cruisers will thank you when they see these in their stocking. 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. If you have some heavy duty needs, you can get these magnets to hold up to 100 pounds. For us, 25 pound hooks do the trick.

Cruise Gift Ideas 2016 Edition

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, and the neoprene material will mold itself to fit most 750ml bottles of wine, regardless of the shape.

Cruise Gift Ideas 2016 Edition

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.

Cruise Gift Ideas 2016 Edition

Belken SurgePlus Travel Charger

This small and compact device still tops our list of the best cruise gift ideas 2016 edition. 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 luggage. In fact, we might even ask Santa for another one this year, just in case!

Cruise Gift Ideas 2016 Edition

Grid-It Organizer

Another addition to our arsenal of gadgets is a cord organizer. With this time and space saving gadget, all of those phone, tablet, and device cables and chargers can be stored neatly in one travel case. Our preferred option is the Grid-It Organizer. It comes in a variety of sizes and colors.  Now you can find the exact cord without all the hassle of digging through your bag, and will never leave an accessory behind again as they all fit in one slim case.

Cruise Gift Ideas 2016

Cruise T-shirts

Show the world (whether on land or on 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.

Cruise Gift Ideas 2016 Edition

Gifts for Under the Tree

Yeti Travel Mug

Keep those hot drinks hot and those cold drinks as cool as ice with the Yeti Travel Mug. Whether you have a drink package or not on your next cruise, these mugs are perfect for protecting your beverages from the Caribbean heat or the cold of the Alaskan wilderness. There are plenty of styles and sizes to choose from, but a classic version suits us just fine.

Cruise Gift Ideas 2016 Edition

360 Camera

See all of your surroundings with the Ricoh Theta 360 degree camera. Allowing you to capture photos and almost a half hour of video, you can now get a glimpse of everything around you on your next vacation. Get 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 (see below).

Cruise Gifts 2016 Edition

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.

Cruise Gift Ideas 2016 Edition

Mizzen and Main Shirts

Ladies, you should consider upgrading your man’s wardrobe for your next cruise vacation. The Mizzen and Main shirts are made of wrinkle resistant, moisture wicking material which means they can handle the heat (and cold) and look great coming right out of your suitcase. From dress shirts to sports shirts, for casual to formal nights, these shirts are the essential item for any male cruiser.

Cruise Gift Ideas 2016 Edition

Selfie Stick

The days of asking your fellow cruisers to take a photo of you are long gone. The new generation of selfie sticks gives you the opportunity to get that mandatory ship selfie without the hassle of stopping other travelers. For this year, we are checking out 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.

Cruise Gift Ideas 2016 Edition

Lindsay Phillips 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.

Cruise Gift Ideas 2016 Edition

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. 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.

Cruise Gift Ideas 2016 Edition

Fitbit Fitness Tracker

Keep track of your steps, decks climbed, and overall activity with the Fitbit Charge 2. This new tracker will also record your heart rate and fitness activity as well as calories burned during the day. Interchangeable bands also mean that you can customize the tracker to match with your outfit. Even though you are on vacation to indulge a bit, you do not need to go completely off course with your workouts and training regimens.

Cruise Gift Ideas 2016 Edition

GoPro Hero 5

Record your entire vacation in 4K video with the world’s most popular wearable camera. The new GoPro Hero 5 is waterproof, has a digital display and menu, and can be easily secured to clothing and other attachments. Santa already knows I want this brand new camera 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 their will be a lot to document.

Cruise Gift Ideas 2016 Edition

Lightweight Luggage

Make sure you favorite traveler can fit all of their devices, gear, and clothes neatly packed for their next trip with some new luggage. If you are looking for a rugged, lightweight carry-on bag that can fit a week’s worth of clothes and accessories, the Timbuk2 Copilot (medium) is a great choice. The durable construction and design will impress your cruiser and he/she will have no issues when boarding a plane and then the ship.

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Tablet Computer

You could pack some paperback books, crossword puzzles, a computer, a camera, and other devices to enjoy 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 2, the lightest 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.

Cruise Gift Ideas 2016

Bon Voyage Package

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 for their favorite cruise line is a great gift choice. Several 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! On Christmas morning, you can 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.


What is on your gift list this holiday season? Have we missed one of your favorite cruise gift ideas? Drop us an anchor below to help make everyone’s Christmas shopping easier this year.

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Welcome Aboard! We are Don and Heidi, the husband and wife travel team behind We took our first cruise vacation together 10 years ago and have been hooked ever since. Follow along as we share our travel tips, cruise reviews, information on ports of call, and the latest cruise news to help you plan the ultimate cruise vacation. Are you ready to embark on your journey to “sea the world, one port at a time”? Read More...

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