It’s that time of year again. The holiday shopping season is upon us. Like we have done the last couple of years, we are making our list and checking it twice. Have you been good this year? If so, perhaps you will find one of these presents under your tree. Whether you are shopping for a family member, a friend, or (let’s be honest) yourself, we have the perfect list for 2017. Here is our Top 20 Christmas Gifts for Frequent Cruisers 2017 Edition.

Our Top 20 Christmas Gifts for Frequent Cruisers 2017 Edition

Small Gifts/Stocking Stuffers

Cruise Lanyard – Would 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 card at your finger tips to swipe for your next cruise drink.

Cruise Luggage Tags – It is up to you to print out your own luggage tags on most lines. That is why these nifty holders top our list of must-have stocking stuffers. Fans of Carnival Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, and Norwegian Cruise Line will want to purchase these larger holders, while Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises’ passengers will need to purchase these more slender holders.

Cell Phone Case –  Everyone takes their smartphones with them on vacation, including cruisers. So, make sure your device is protected. We can’t live without our Lifeproof cases for our iPhones. If you already have a case, we suggest an inexpensive waterproof travel case.

Towel Clips – How did we ever cruise without these convenient and stylish towel clips? With so many different designs, every cruiser on your list can express his or her own style. These clips are perfect for the sun deck, a beach break, or any trip to the shore.

Magnetic Hooks – Keep things organized and visible with these heavy weight magnetic hooks that provide extra storage in those cramped cruise cabins. Secure to the walls of your room to hang bags, hats, and other miscellaneous items.

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.

Night Light – Those inside cabins might save you money, but they are a bit tough to navigate, especially at night. Add some extra light with a re-chargeable, wireless light that can be placed anywhere in the room. This gadget is lightweight and charges with a micro USB outlet.

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.

Over the Door Shoe Organizer – Think we are a bit obsessed with organization and packing? Well, when you travel a lot, you need to be prepared. With these lightweight over the door shoe organizers, you will add additional space in your room for all kinds of odds and ends. We find them most convenient for storing toiletry-like items.

Mobile Power Surge– Okay, this has made our list the past few years, but for good reason. We now own multiple Belkin Power Curve Mobile protectors. They are packed away with our carry-ons, and we even use them around the house. These versatile adapters are perfect for all cruisers on your Christmas list.

Wine Carrier Tote – Frequent cruisers know they are allotted two bottles of wine on a cruise. Make sure your precious spirits are well protected in your carry-on with this stylish wine bottle carrier. Your beverages will arrive safely, and you will get bonus points for being so stylish!

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 your trip.

Gifts for the Entire Family

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?

Water Shoes – If you are cruising to a warm location, odds are you are looking to get some beach time in on your cruise. Recently, we upgraded to a pair of versatile Sperry water shoes. With the design of a sneaker, these lightweight shoes offer great traction, have built in drains, and are made from quick dry material.

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.

Waterproof Speaker – Something we are adding to our wish list this year is a brand new Bluetooth speaker. Technology has come a long way in a few years. You can now get high quality sound with these packable, waterproof units like the Fugoo Style portable speaker. These speakers will come in handy during any beach break, or perhaps, while you are chilling in your very own cabana.

Bose Quiet Control Wireless Headphones – If you prefer to keep your music to yourself or eliminate the extraneous noise around you, then these noise canceling headphones from Bose are perfect for you. These are not just for airplanes. Think loud aqua park or pool deck chairs.

Mirrorless Camera – We upgraded our digital camera experience last year, and there is 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.

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. Complete with an attachment for your Go Pro and a tubeless design, you will wonder why you hadn’t upgraded sooner.

A Cruise – Yes, if you don’t know what else to get that favorite cruiser in your life, you can always splurge with a down-payment on another trip. Some might say that you are just feeding the addiction, but your frequent cruisers will be more than excited to open your gift!



Have we left anything off of this wish list? What cruise items would you add to our Holiday Gift Guide 2017 Edition? Let us know what Christmas gifts you are giving the cruise lovers in your life this year in the comments section below.

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