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Cruise gifts are a great way create excitement for an upcoming sailing.
These gift ideas will instantly upgrade their experience.
We’ve surveyed hundreds of thousands of cruisers. Most agree on one thing. A few small items can have a significant impact on the cruising experience. The items below are the most frequently recommended cruise accessories.
Why give cruise gifts?
Create Anticipation: Everyone knows the saying, “anticipation is half the fun.” It’s true. We love having something to look forward to. A cruise is on the top of that list. Cruise gifts are a great way to spark that excitement. A set of lanyards at the six month countdown. A set of luggage tags at three months. A travel tote bag at a month. All are great ways to build anticipation.
Cruse Agent “Thank You” Gift Ideas: Cruisers have many options when selecting an agent. They’re plopping down a significant investment for their vacation. The agent receives a healthy commission from our business. We never feel like we’re owed a “thank you.” But, we’re always very grateful when our agent sends a nice gift to show her appreciation. These small cruise gift ideas can go a long way in terms of “customer loyalty.”
To Say, “You’re Going on a Cruise:” She may be a bit confused when opening up a set of cruise lanyards. She may start putting the pieces together with the cruise cabin nightlight. Once she opens that last envelope with her cruise ticket, she should have a pretty good idea what’s going down.
Treat Yourself: Sometimes (ok, often times), we like to treat ourselves to something nice. These cruise gifts don’t need to be for anyone else. You deserve it. A few small accessories can have a significant impact on your cruise experience.
Regardless of your reasoning, here are the best cruise gift ideas of 2021.
Cruise Lanyards are on the top of our Cruise Gifts Ideas list. If you’ve cruised, you’ll notice that everyone wears these around the ship. Why lanyards? Cruisers are constantly on the go. From cabin to pool to port and back. Throughout their vacation, they’ll need to keep the necessities safe and close. A waterproof badge holder fits cruise key cards, cash, and credit cards perfectly. The lucky recipient will never lose their essentials with this great gift!
Cruise cabins are tiny. They’re also very dark at night. Those midnight trips to the restroom require a little illumination to avoid damaged shins. The lights in the cabin, however, will wake up everyone in the room. This cruise cabin night light offers the perfect solution. It’s motion activated to light up with activity. And it can be pointed in any direction to eliminate cranky spouses waking up with each trip. It also offers a magnetic base to stick onto cabin walls with ease!
Does your cruise buddy love to take selfies? We’re guessing the answer is “yes.” How else do we show off our luxury vacation? A popsocket easily attaches to any smartphone. It helps with selfies and prevents dropping. Both features are essential while splashing around the cruise ship. It features a fun cruise ship design and heart to show off their cruise fanaticism.
This must have cruise item is on the top of all cruisers’ packing lists. Cruise cabins typically have just two plugs. Yet we all have phones, laptops, cameras, e-readers, and countless other devices requiring constant juice. Unfortunately, any old power strip won’t work. They must be “cruise approved” and meet the strict regulations of cruise lines. This travel-friendly item is ideal. It’s allowed by all major cruise lines and features three extra AC outlets and two additional USB ports. No more waiting for devices to charge. Instead, head straight to the Lido Bar fully charged.
She’ll need a handy tote bag for trips back and forth to the pool and port. Carry towels, snacks, reading material, and a change of clothes easily. The travel tote folds up into the palm of her hand when not in use. It’s also ideal for port visits. She’ll need extra space for those souvenirs. This offers more than enough space for any new trinkets! It’s machine washable and extra durable for many cruises to come.
Give the gift of guaranteed luggage. We’ve had our bags lost on a cruise. It’s a terrilbe way to start your cruise vacation. That’s why these cruise luggage tags are a favorite gift for travel agents to send their clients. The cruise lines suggest that you print your issued e-tags and to STAPLE them onto your luggage! No thank you. We arrive in style and with the assurance our luggage does too. Click through to find the cruise luggage tags by specific line.
If your cruise gifts recipient has a good sense of humor and fondness for boat cocktails, this is a must have item. Muster drills are a “must.” But, we can poke a little fun of the situation while waiting for our cruise to really begin. Cruise shirts are also an excellent way to meet cruise friends. This funny cruise shirt is a great way to spark up conversations with new ship mates. It’s also a fun way to meet some new drinking buddies whiel at sea.
Do you have a nerdy friend who loves drinking and cruises? Here’s a funny cruise t-shirt to combine those passions in one ridiculous display. He or she will enjoy countless smiles with every wear. This is a must have for the social cruiser in your life!
Cruise Nail Strips are a great way to stand out on a cruise. These Carnival Cruise inspired nail strips feature nautical designs in red, white and blue. They’re guaranteed to get some attention from passerbys on the ship and multiple daily compliments. The nail strips are incredibly easy to apply. They’re vibrant colors and should last for the entire cruise.
Does the cruiser in your life need some cabin organization? If so, the tops our list of cruise gifts. Easily organize your cruise tiny cruise cabin to keep clutter free all week. The cruise hack here is to use “vertical space” since cabins are absolutely tiny. The large, mesh pockets hold shoes, books, lotions, towels, and just about anything else they’ll need on their cruise. It’s a see-through fabric so the essentials can be easily located on their way out the door.
Magnet hooks pair well with the cruise organizer seen above. These attach to most cruise walls as they’re made of steel. Stick them anywhere throughout the cruise cabin. The magnetic hooks are extra strength to hold wet towels, organizers, purses, or other. Check any “cruise packing list” and you’ll find these near the top. These cruise gifts are perfect for the “Type A” cruise passnegers out there!
If you haven’t seen the “washy washy” cruise crew, they’re worth a googling. These loveable characters sing the praises of good hygiene. Unfortunately, they’re few and far between on the ship. Not anymore. These loveable faces can adorn any cruiser thanks to this funny cruise t-shirt. It’s a somewhat “inside joke” that’ll get a ton of smiles from those in-the-know.
The next few cruise gifts top our packing list for “most relevant” given recent events. Everyone wants to cruise. And everyone wants to cruise a bit more safely these days. This cruise santitizer bottle kit allows for quick sanitization no matter where they are on the ship. The bottles come with carabiner to easily clip onto a cruise lanyard, purse, or other handy item. Simply fill with a favorite sanitizer and clip onto the most convenient loop. Give the gift of health!
Ultraviolet light is on the forefront of our nation’s fight against virus and illness. This technology is used in our hospitals and now available to take aong anywhere sanitization is needed. In a few minutes, the user can dissinfect items like an iphone, key card, toothbrush and more. Additionally, it comes with a handy phone charger. It sanitizes and charges at the same time! This is one of our favorite post-pandemic cruise hacks. It’ll make for an amazing cruise gift for the health-conscious cruiser in your life.
This cruise gift is even more portable than the sanitizer box shown above. Now they’ll have the power of ultraviolet dissenfection in their pocket or purse. It’s battery operated so does not need a plug or adapter of any sort. Wave it over any item needed sanitization and it kills pathogens within 30 seconds of application. Cruise ships have really upped their game when it comes to health and safety. But, this provides one additional step of protection.
Nobody wants to wear face masks on their next cruise. But, if required, why not make it fun? These nautical face masks are bound to turn some heads. In a sea of boring masks, they’ll stand out as the most spirited. They may not be able to see all the smiles they create, but just know under those other masks that they’re there!
We like to call this one the “$10 cruise cabin upgrade.” Don’t bother springing for the ocean view cabin. Now they can have the oasis view and save that money for the cruise casino. It’s also a must have cruise item to build up the anticipation for future cruise travel. Stick it on your office wall to get through that nine to five.
Cruise Door Decorations are a must have item for that extra level of personalization. Every cabin door is identical. This can get extra confusing after a long happy hour. These sticky frames easily apply to the stateroom door with any printed decoration. They’re also great for inside the cruise cabin to display daily itineraries, food menus, and more. We like to post a fun new daily message showing our hometown and reason for cruising. It always gets a few fun comments from our ship mates.
Towel bands are an amazing new invention and one of our favorite cruise gifts. Old school cruisers love towel clips. These are bulky and often break. Towel bands are the hottest ticket. These wrap around beach or pool chairs to keep towels firmly attached without blowing into the ocean. They also offer a convenient way to find your cruise setup amongs a sea of similar towels and chairs!
Water and smartphones go together like peanut butter and horseradish. Unfortunately, the two meet frequently on cruise ships. Everyone is constantly handling their phones and there’s no shortage of water to be found. With the new safety protocols, phones will also replace key cards. This phone pouch and lanyard set solves all these issues. They’ll have the device handy and safe for frequent and dry use!
Cruise customers are often disappointed that they don’t receive a physical ticket after booking. They want something to touch. Something that they can post to their refrigerator. Fortunately, we have the solution to this as well. Gangwaze offers a free cruise ticket template. Use our widget to customize and download your cruise ticket in minutes. You can then print it out and include it with any of the cruise gifts mentioned above.
If you’re thinking of getting cruise gifts for friends or family, these are wonderful ideas. We hope you find the perfect item.
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