With cruising set to resume next year, we eager cruisers can’t wait to get back out to sea. With new safety procedures and health protocols in place, you will certainly need some new accessories for cruising in 2021. So, whether you are shopping for that special someone, or yourself, we have put together our Top 30 Cruise Gift Ideas for 2020.
If you’d rather start shopping right now, we have put together our Amazon Cruise and Travel Packing List with all of the latest and greatest cruise gear for 2020 at the lowest prices.
We have gifts in all price ranges. So, whether you want to get a little something or go all out, the perfect cruise gifts are here.
Top 30 Cruise Gift Ideas 2020
Cruising Interrupted – 2020 was certainly an unprecedented year for cruising. So, why not get some travel inspiration from Paul C. Thornton’s latest book. The award winning author of the Joy of Cruising has a brand new book featuring travel stories from some of your favorite cruisers. Of course, we might be biased as we are featured in this year’s edition!
Nautically Themed Face Coverings– Yes, when cruising resumes, you will need to wear a face covering during most of your trip. So, why not make sure your face masks are themed for your trip? There are so many options for face masks all over the internet, so you are bound to find the right fit and style for your cruise.
Hand Sanitizer Holders (and Gel) – Yes, cruise ships do have hand sanitizer and hand washing stations throughout the vessel. Still, it can’t hurt to have extra readily accessible on your beach bag. With these small portable holders, you will always have hand sanitizer at your finger tips, whether onboard or ashore. Make sure to also purchase some gel!
Packing Cubes – We are not sure how we survived all these years NOT using luggage packing cubes. Now, packing has become a whole lot easier. With a variety of sizes and options, these should definitely top your list of the best cruise gift ideas for 2020. Yes, we still might be over-packers, but at least everything is neatly stored and organized for our trips now.
Cruise T-Shirts – Show the world your love for the ocean with a fun cruise t-shirt. We are partial to certain sayings and graphics, but there are plenty to choose. 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. You might even want to purchase matching ones for the whole family.
Go Pro 9 – The original action camera has just received a huge upgrade. The brand new Go Pro 9 video camera offers superior built-in stabilization. This next generation camera features a new sensor, 5K quality video, waterproofing, and new modifications including a wide-lens option. Now, with this cruise gift idea, you will be creating shareable vacation videos in no time!
Packable Down Jacket – Being prepared for every situation is essential. Whether you are cruising the North Atlantic, the rivers of Europe, or Alaska, a versatile and lightweight down jacket is the perfect coat for all occasions. It can fit in your carry-on or day bag, and believe us, it will come in handy when the weather takes an unexpected turn.
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 2020. 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.
Portable Power Bank – Now, everyone in the cabin has multiple digital devices. Smart phones, tablets, cameras, drones, and digital watches, you get the point. So, you will want to take some power with you during your trip. These popular portable power banks are lightweight, hold hours of battery power, and will quickly charge your device, whether on land or at sea. We find this essential when going ashore for the day.
Noise-Canceling Headphones – If you want to escape to your own little paradise while on a mega-ship, these Bose Noise Canceling Bluetooth headphones will do the trick. With voice controls, you can access your favorite music and apps, all while blocking out the noise surrounding you. With superior fit, and the ability to work all day, these are the perfect lounge chair accessory.
Gimbal – It seems like everyone is posting to Instagram, TikTok, or the newest social media platform. To help with selfies, videos, and capturing your trip, the lightweight DJI OM 4 smartphone gimbal is the perfect packable accessory. For those who rather use their phones, this device can help ensure professional videos and photos, with seamless controls.
Anti-Theft Beach Bag – Never worry about leaving your bag unattended again. The CoolBag Generation 2 will keep your personal belongings 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.
Or, if the cruiser in your life is looking for a smaller option to explore ports of call, one of these classic Travel On Messenger Bags is a great choice. Travel ashore with ease and security with this stylish bag which features RFID protection and locking zippered compartments. These bags offer plenty of pockets for your cell phone and other items, even a water bottle.
Yeti Water Bottles – Staying hydrated while onboard or exploring a port of call is crucial. That is why we invested in an over-sized Yeti Rambler to fill with water. It really does keep beverages cold for the entire day. You might even consider a pair of Yeti tumblers with lids for those frozen drinks or iced coffees on the ship. 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.
RFID Passport Holder – You need to protect yourself when traveling. This RFID passport holder is not only fashionable, but it also blocks cyber criminals from stealing your information. With plenty of room for your key card, some cash, and credit cards, this wallet can serve multiple purposes during a trip.
Slim Line Travel Wallet – For the male cruiser on your list, you can’t go wrong with a Rigid Slim Wallet. This is my go-to for easily organizing bills, credit cards, ID, and more. With RFID blocking technology, and a creative design, this front-pocket wallet is perfect for touring a port of call.
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. Or, if you are one who never leaves your cabin without a cell phone, you can opt for a cell phone card holder. These attach to the back of your phone for easy access to your key card, money, and more.
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 for the cruiser in your life.
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 his or her personality. 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.
Fitness Tracker (or Smart Watch) – Keep track of your steps, decks climbed, and overall activity with the Fitbit Versa 3. This tracker and smartwatch includes built in Alexa features and connects to apps like Spotify. It also records your heart rate as well as calories burned during the day. Interchangeable bands also mean that you can customize the watch to match your outfit. Or, you could upgrade to a brand new Apple Watch Series 6 if you want to go all out.
Travel Pillow – If you travel internationally, then you will need to be prepared for some long haul flights. You should opt for one of the best travel pillows. The Trtl Travel Pillow is flexible, lightweight, and scientifically proven to help you get a better sleep. That’s all we need to know!
Carry-On Luggage – If it is time to upgrade your luggage, consider a bag design that flight crews use, the Travelpro Hardside Spinner. This 21″ inch bag is made of lightweight and durable polycarbonate and comes equipped with a built-in TSA approved lock and USB charging port. In addition, the luggage offers separate compartments for organized packing. The adjustable grip handle and 360-degree spinner wheels make it worth the additional cost.
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.
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 on the cabin walls. We suggest 30 lb. (or greater) magnets if you plan on hanging anything with a little weight to it.
Travel Games – Frequent cruisers know to pack a few games for when they want to take a break from the sun. For family-friendly fun, our new addiction is the dice game Quixx. You can also consider a simple deck of cards or the dice game Left Center Right. 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 750 ml bottles of wine regardless of the shape.
Cord Organizer – If you are like us, then you might be bringing a few extra electronics along on the trip, like phones, smart watches, 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.
Water Shoes – If you are cruising to a warm location, you may be partaking in some water-related activities. We recently upgraded to a pair of versatile Sperry water shoes. With the design of a sneaker, these lightweight shoes offer great traction. However, they also have built-in drains and are made from quick-dry material.
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 a new iPad, one of the most popular tablets available with several included features.
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 of 2020- a cruise! Surprise him or her with a brand new trip to plan. After this year’s hiatus, you will definitely be the new favorite family member.
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.
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