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The Best Practical Cruise Gift Ideas

Practical Cruise Gift Ideas

Practical Cruise Gift Ideas

Essential and Affordable Cruise Gift Ideas

Do you know someone going on a cruise this year? Are you looking for some practical cruise gift ideas?Look no further for on this page you will find a number of very useful cruise gift ideas that are sure to be loved by the recipient.All of these items are things that we found helpful for our cruise this past summer but of course most of them would be great gifts for anyone who travels, whether on a cruise or otherwise.and I hope you and your loved ones will find them equally helpful.

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The Essential Little Cruise Book: Expert Advice for Planning and Enjoying a Perfect Vacation at Sea

I love this little book. It provides plenty of hints that will be relevant to ANY cruise vacation. It also provides a wonderful list of top 10 recommended shore excursions and do-not-miss sights for cruise tours in each of the different geographical areas that people cruise in. It won't replace a big cruise guide but it is extremely practical for providing hints about onboard life and at under $10, it is quite affordable. It offers insight into how to handle different situations on a cruise ship that you do not find in other cruise books.

Click here to order Jim West's The Essential Little Cruise Book from Amazon.

Travelon Independence Bag ~ Also available in faux leopard and black.

Our washroom on board the Holland America's Rotterdam was very nicely organized with a 'medicine cabinet' type of storage unit plus a shelf which ran the whole length of the vanity. Four of us managed to keep our toiletries there without any difficulty. The Travelon Independence Bag is a hanging bag so it would be a bit more versatile than the bags we took. You could chose to hang it or you could place it on the shelf as we did. If I were gifting it to someone going on a cruise, I would consider filling it with travel-sized essentials. That would make it a doubly fantastic gift!

Nikon Coolpix

Nikon Coolpix

Nikon Coolpix L20 10MP Digital Camera with 3.6 Optical Zoom and 3 inch LCD

We took two cameras on our Baltic cruise. My teenage son is a budding photographer so he took his Digital SLR camera but, unless you are also a really keen photographer, I would highly suggest you take a compact camera.As our compact camera, we took the Nikon Coolpix and were more than pleased with it. It is a very compact camera which is very affordable at around $100. It was nice because it is very lightweight and would slip in a pocket quite nicely. We carried it discretely everywhere on the ship without feeling burdened by a camera.

AMAZON CUSTOMER REVIEW: "This time I wanted a smaller pocket sized camera, that took AA batteries, and that gave great photos, with all the features I was used to. This camera fit the bill!" ~ Andi.

Try staying dry with this umbrella!

Cruise Ship Umbrellas...

Cruise Ship Umbrellas...

This is what happened to the cruise ship umbrella we borrowed! Don't get me wrong, we were pleased to have an extra umbrella to borrow. Thrilled, actually. However, this one didn't make it past the initial opening! Our own Totes umbrellas were much sturdier and they fit into our bags unlike the one we borrowed which had to be carried all day...

Totes Micro Umbrella

If you are going on a Caribbean cruise, you might be able to get away with skipping an umbrella. However, we were cruising in the Baltic and thank goodness we were well prepared! If you are going anywhere where it might rain on you, be prepared. Don't let the rain ruin your precious time ashore! We carried a couple of these Totes Micro Umbrellas plus lightweight raincoats that folded into tiny pouches and believe me, we used both of them!

The well reviewed Totes Micro umbrella is small enough to fit in your purse or your backpack. It is compact in size at 6.25 inches when it is folded up but features a 38 inch diameter when opened.


"This Micro Umbrella by Totes is compact for putting in your backpack or purse. When deployed, it is as big as a full-sized umbrella. I've had my Totes Micro Umbrella for a few years and it's held up to strong winds and heavy rain. It may not be the the spring-loaded kind that opens up automatically with the press of a button, but it folds up very compactly. The craftsmanship is superb, from the stitching on the velcro strap and the canopy, to the skeletal frame and the telescoping handle - the quality is simply top-notch. The microuUmbrella is, in sum, practical, well-made, durable, and *compact*. I'm extremely pleased with it. Definitely recommended! ~~ A Music Fan

A Good Nightlight

A Good Nightlight

Greenlite LED 3-in-1 Night Light, Emergency Light, & Flashlight

On our cruise my husband and I each had a small light on our bedstand. Believe me when I say that it is very dark in an inside cabin at night! Heck, it is dark in there during the daytime when the lights are out. Anyway, we each used a light for going to the washroom at night. It definitely made moving around at night easier.

This unit, the Greenlight flashlight, night light and emergency light combination, sounds like it might even be better than what we had or possibly a good addition to what we had. It has a good reputation with Amazon Customers and would be useful both at home and when traveling.


"I am happy with their performance for the price. The light in nightlight mode is mostly directed down toward the floor which makes it easy to see at night. The flashlight mode is bright enough to be useful without being brighter than necessary." ~~ David Knaack

Record all of your cruise ship adventures with this easy cruise ship journal. This attractive 4 by 6-inch journal will help the cruiser record their adventures. The pages included are formatted to help the writer record his or her cruising adventures. There are pages for weekly planning, intinerary, daily journalling, expenses, etc.

Eagle Creek Duffel Bag

Eagle Creek Duffel Bag

In particular, Eagle Creek's Swerve 32.

Let me introduce you to the bag of my life! I took this one on our cruise. It traveled everywhere with ease. I wheeled it through airports and on cobblestone walks. I hauled it up the stairs onto trolleys and trams. I stuffed it full. Well, that's actually not quite true, there was room left in the bag when I had loaded my gear into it. All this and it NEVER complained. I cannot recommend it enough. And yes, I'd recommend this bright bold green color because then, when you come off the ship to claim your luggage, it will jump out at you amongst the sea of black suitcases.

This suitcase that I am in love with does actually have a name. It is the Swerve 32 by Eagle Creek and I hope they never stop making it so that everyone who wants one can get one, too. I have already written a full page devoted to it so if you are looking for lightweight easy-to-maneuver rolling suitcases, check it out. You'll find my complete review of Eagle Creek's Swerve 32 by clicking right here.

On a previous trip we had taken an old suitcase that didn't wheel very well. I swore never to travel with it again and I am pleased to say that is gone, it's place taken by my much-loved green Swerve 32! (My conservative husband and teenage son preferred the bag in black.)

Of Course, Every Traveller Needs A Luggage Tag

An affordable and practical cruise gift choice.

Every traveller, whether travelling on a cruise ship or not, needs a luggage tag. The leather luggage tag shown here is in my opinion an affordable and practical choice.

  • A LIGHTWEIGHT BACKPACK - I liked my lightweight backpack because often backpacks are heavy before you put anything in them!

  • LOCAL CURRENCY- My husband says this one is important because It is expensive to convert currency on the ship.

  • ROLL OF U.S. QUARTERS - If you plan on doing laundry, a roll of U.S. quarters will once again save the currency exchange charges.

  • YOUR WIFE- That's all that my husband says he needs. The rest he says, is secondary.

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What else would you consider essential and practical on a cruise vacation?

Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on September 17, 2015:

I have never been on a cruise so knowing what to give as gifts would be rather challenging for me. Some of your suggestions would certainly be applicable to any traveler, but I never considered a night light before. I love that idea! We do need to be able to see in the dark, especially in unfamiliar rooms.

Fay Favored from USA on July 29, 2014:

Never thought of giving a gift for a person going on a cruise, but it's a good idea especially for those who have experienced it. A good stomach medicine is also something a person should consider because they'll probably eat new types of foods. Can say this from first hand experience.

Treasures By Brenda (author) from Canada on April 25, 2014:

@julieannbrady: That's an enterprising idea, Julie. I hope you have the opportunity to go on a cruise!

julieannbrady on January 13, 2014:

Do you know that I have never yet done a cruise? I've heard of a lot of people buying art on their cruises. I'd like to go on a cruise and maybe sell my art.

travelingmarketer on October 11, 2013:

You offer some fantastic gift ideas here. My girlfriend and I took our first cruise this year to the Bahamas and it was awesome. I did a lot of research beforehand and came across an excellent resource guide that helped us save hundreds on our cruise. One of the best savings was a cabin upgrade at no additional cost. You can find this guide here - I really recommend this guide as there's some valuable tips and information that anyone going on a cruise should be aware off. Thanks again for the great lens!!

AlleyCatLane on September 20, 2012:

Great suggestions! Blessed.

sarahrk lm on February 03, 2012:

Good ideas for traveling on a cruise.

VillaDejaBlue on January 01, 2012:

Nice lens

poutine on January 01, 2012:

Some kind of international phone card paid in advance, if there is such a thing...

anonymous on December 13, 2011:

I think, I always seem to forget the umbrella and believe me it comes in to be very handy and you need it everywhere.

sarahrk lm on December 12, 2011:

hmmm, luggage tags. . . great idea.

presentsandgiftsgalore on November 26, 2011:

great tools and tips for travelers

indiavacationplans on July 06, 2011:

Interesting topic with some good images! Would love to read about your thoughts on them, though! ;-)

BruceBair on June 18, 2011:

A great traveling companion, a female for me.

elsiehui on May 08, 2011:

Great lens! I never travel without my water resistant camera :)

KatBar on April 30, 2011:

Great recommendations for a cruise- love the picture of the cruise ship umbrella.

islanda196 on April 30, 2011:

and more valued info, keep it up!

navasri on March 28, 2011:

Nice lens... Good tips

bead at home mom on January 31, 2011:

Great ideas. I have created in the past 'personalized themed photo albums' that were given as gifts to the 'vacationer' who has everything. They were always well received and enjoyed by all who received them.

miaponzo on January 26, 2011:

Probably the kitchen sink!

Mary Beth Granger from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA on December 10, 2010:

Great tips here..blessed and added to my December Blessings lens.

Treasures By Brenda (author) from Canada on August 05, 2010:

@anonymous: Hi, Caroline ~~ I'm not sure how much you want to spend or whether or not your friend is a man or a woman. However, a couple of things that come to mind are a smallish, really lightweight day pack or a small digital camera. Or anything, I suppose, that would help one be organized in a small space. You could also choose more practical, every day things like sunblock...Let me know what you wind up getting; I'm curious. The idea of working on a cruise ship is intriguing.

anonymous on August 05, 2010:

My friend got a job on cruise any ideal what I could buy her

Rhonda Albom from New Zealand on December 10, 2009:

We love to cruise as extended family vacations. These are really well thought out great recommendations. Blessed by a Squidoo Angel (if you want, you can add your link at Angel Blessings from Pukeko)

jgelien on December 07, 2009:

Great recommendations and tips. I so want to take a cruise one day.

oztoo lm on December 03, 2009:

Definitely handy things to take with you. I like the night lights. Very handy when you wake up in the night and don't know where you are!

AlisonMeacham on December 02, 2009:

Some great suggestions here Brenda. I am just launching my own cruise travel agency business so if you ever want help with your next doesn't even have to be Disney!

Sandy Mertens from Frozen Tundra on December 02, 2009:

Nice information to have.

happynutritionist on December 01, 2009:

Great guide, if my husband can talk me into leaving the shore for a cruise out in the middle of the big ocean, I'll be sure to come back...I'm afraid...LOL ~claudia

Joan4 on November 30, 2009:

Well, sometime in the next couple of years, I plan to go on my first cruise ever, and I will re-read your advice for sure! and agree re those little Totes umbrellas! They are the best!

Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on November 30, 2009:

I love your suggestions! I haven't been on a cruise for many, many years, but I appreciate this very handy guide.

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