Top Christmas Gift Ideas For People Who Love To Cruise

If you’ve left buying Christmas presents for that keen cruiser in your life a little bit late, here are a few last-minute ideas that might help. Apart from actually springing for a cruise, which would be lovely – and at the time of writing there are still spots available on cruises sailing from Australia over the Christmas period – most cruise lines offer a service that allows you to send a gift to someone who will be at sea.

Princess Cruises’ onboard gifts include flowers, wine, Norman Love chocolates, Princess-branded bathrobes and hats, as well as vouchers for Lotus Spa treatments, the casino, gift shop and more. Phone 1300 551 853 for more details – you’ll need the passenger’s full name, cruise departure date and ship name.

P&O Cruises’ range of onboard gifts include the Special Occasions Package, which contains a bottle of Moet & Chandon Brut Imperial, dinner at Salt grill for two people, Ernest Hillier boxed chocolates and a $50 onboard credit for $179; phone 13 24 94 at least seven days before your lucky cruising friend’s departure date.

Lonely Planet publishes more than 500 travel guides to 195 countries ( and Fodor’s produces 300 travel guides to 7500 destinations (

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Dec 6 2015 at 12:15 AM

Chris Frame's book <i>A Photographic History of P&O Cruises</i> contains some rare photos and is a must for any cruising buff.
Chris Frame’s book A Photographic History of P&O Cruises contains some rare photos and is a must for any cruising buff. 

Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara also offer a similar service.

Travel books are usually very well received and give our brains a change from flicking through hundreds of websites. They can be a practical guide, such as the info-packed Berlitz Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships (the 2016 version is available at bookshops and online at and – this book is just as useful for first-timers as well as seasoned cruisers. Rick Steves’ Mediterranean Cruise Ports guide receives rave reviews and it is regularly updated online (

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