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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 2018. Here is our Top 20 Christmas Gifts for Frequent Cruisers 2018 Edition.

Our Top 20 Christmas Gifts for Frequent Cruisers 2018 Edition

Gifts for All Cruisers

360 Degree Camera – The hottest tech gadget for 2018 is the new Rylo 360 degree camera. With built-in stabilization, water-proof casing, and a compact design, this camera will capture all of your cruise adventures. We hope Santa is listening as we have been very nice this year and could use one for our upcoming January 2019 cruise on Celebrity Edge!

Binoculars – Exploring the wilderness of Alaska? Or perhaps, you are cruising the scenic Norwegian Fjords or the Mediterranean coastlines? Ensure you are able to take in all of the natural beauty around you with a pair of compact, high-powered binoculars. This pair comes with a smartphone adapter so you can see everything with ease on your iPhone or Android device.

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.

Sunglasses – If you want to be stylish, like the Princess, then some brand new shades are the perfect Christmas gift this year. Of course, you can’t go wrong with the always fashionable Rayban sunglasses. Of course, there are sunglasses in all price ranges to keep you and your eyes protected!

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.

Mobile Power Charger – Power outlets are a premium in a cruise cabin. That is why this conveniently shaped and cruise friendly charging station tops our list of the best cruise gift ideas for 2018. 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 place the device to maximum space.
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. 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 2019.

3-in-1 Lightweight Coat – As we have begun to cruise more outside of the Caribbean, we have been investing in some lightweight and warm, packable coats and outwear. This lightweight, yet versatile Columbia jacket for women (as well as men) provides several layers and options that can quickly be packed away (or added) when the weather changes. It makes a great gift for those adventure loving cruisers in your life.

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.

Cruise T-Shirts – Show the world 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.

Wireless Earphones – Apple’s latest AirPods are compact earbuds and make the perfect gift for that music lover and frequent cruiser on your holiday shopping list. You can also browse other styles by popular brands, such as Beats by Dr. Dre. These are not just for airplanes. Think loud aqua park or pool deck chairs.

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 are enjoying yourself at the pool or beach.

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.
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.

USB Powerbank – If you are bringing all of your gear with you on your cruise, make sure the devices all stay charged. With this compact power bank, you can give your devices a quick charge. Whether you are on an all day tour and need to power-up your camera or phone, or want extra outlets in the cabin, we make sure to have one of these life savers in our carry-on for every trip.

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! You can make it a really nice Christmas gift by pre-filling it with two bottles of wine for that special traveler in your life.

Shore Excursions – Cruising is not only about the ship! You can also get your favorite traveler a tour or a special experience at his or her favorite port of call. If you need help picking the best shore excursion, we have reviews and suggestions for the most popular ports of call. Need more help? Just send us an email.

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!

Stocking Stuffers

Looking for a little something to add to that stocking? These smaller items are a perfect addition to a gift basket or just a small gift to give a friend or coworker who loves to cruise.

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 key card at your fingertips to swipe for your next cruise drink.

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 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.

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.

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.


Magnetic Hooks – Keep things organized and visible with these heavy weight magnetic hooks that provide extra storage in those cramped cruise cabins. Secure beach bags, hats, and other miscellaneous items to the walls of your stateroom with these handy gadgets. If you plan on hanging anything with a bit of weight to it, we suggest purchasing at least the 40 lb. option.


Have we left anything off of this wish list? What cruise items would you add to our Holiday Gift Guide 2018 Edition? Drop us an anchor below to let us know what Christmas gifts you are giving the cruise lovers in your life this year.

Top 20 Christmas Gifts for Frequent Cruisers


Top 20 Gifts for Frequent Cruisers

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DB & The Princess

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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