Holiday Gifts for Cruise Travelers
The holiday shopping season is underway, and a cruise is a fantastic gift for someone you care about. But if your budget doesn’t stretch quite that far, here are some ideas for smaller gifts that will be appreciated by the cruise fan in your life (even if that cruise fan is you).
Battery operated fan. A breeze from a small fan can be refreshing in a cruise ship cabin, especially if it has no window or the window doesn’t open. Make sure the fan is battery operated; on most ships, outlets are not plentiful and power strips are not allowed.
Battery operated tealight candle. The glow of small faux candles can serve as a nightlight, or help set a serene or romantic mood.
Dry bag. Dry bags help keep electronics and other valuables dry during beach visits, waterfall hikes, kayaking adventures, and other activities near or on the water.
Fitness tracker. It’s fun to track steps taken while exploring a cruise ship or a port. Be sure to select a tracker that doesn’t require an internet connection; Wi-Fi is now available on most cruise ships, but access often comes with a fee.
Insulated mug. Standard cruise ship coffee cups are fine, but an insulated mug may do a better job of keeping a cup of coffee or tea hot while enjoying a sunrise or moonset on a balcony or up on deck.
Magnetic message board (with a marker and eraser). Passengers can leave messages for each other on handy whiteboards that cling to cabin doors, which are usually made of metal. Note that most cruise lines don’t allow message boards that leave marks on the door or extend into the passageway.
Water bottle with filtration. Water on a cruise ship is safe to drink, but a water bottle with a built-in filter can be helpful on shore excursions. As the bottle is filled, the filter will remove particulates and pathogens.
Waterproof e-reader. A cruise is a great time to catch up on reading, but books can take up a lot of luggage space. A slim e-reader saves space, and waterproofing means there are no worries about using it around the ship’s pool.
Waterproof tote bag. A tote bag comes in very handy for carrying belongings around on the ship and on shore excursions.
If you’d like more gift ideas for friends and family members who love to cruise, talk with Anita, your professional travel advisor.
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