Who can resist a free gift? Cruise lines don’t give much away for free, but a handful actually provide all or certain passengers with a complimentary tote bag. They’re perfect for schlepping your room key, wallet, sunscreen, toys for the kids, iPod or iPad, and other necessities around the ship … and for starting conversations with strangers about your cruise vacation once you’re home and hauling groceries or gym clothes in your logo bag.
Yes, you can win a bag playing trivia or buy one in an onboard boutique, but free is always better. In honor of Packing Week, we reveal the cruise lines that dole out the freebie bag.
Celebrity. Celebrity Cruises offers a navy blue cloth shopping bag to every passenger. The tote’s emblazoned with a white Celebrity Cruises logo and has light-blue trimmed straps that are sewn down the length of the bag for extra support. Passengers staying in Celebrity’s Concierge Class, AquaClass and suite accommodations get fancier bags. The navy blue “VIP tote” with structured brown handles comes in a small brown button-up pouch … in case you just want to tote your tote.
Disney: Not everyone aboard Disney Cruise Line gets a bag, but those who do get a real keeper. The backpack is an exclusive gift for Castaway Club members, and one is delivered to each past passenger’s stateroom on the first evening. The bag has mesh pockets on either side, wave-like blue exterior lining and the Castaway Club logo layered behind the famous mouse ears.
Holland America: All passengers aboard Holland America cruises receive an off-white canvas tote. Beneath the cruise line’s block letter branding, the bag also lists the regions where Holland America sails. So you can dream about where to cruise next while buying produce at the farmer’s market or hauling books back to the library.
Princess: The royal blue grocery-style tote given to all Princess Cruises cruisers is so ubiquitous aboard the line’s ships, some fans have made an art out of photographing the bag, which is printed with Princess’ logo and motto, “escape completely.” Check out this practically advertisement-quality beach shot of a Princess bag that one cruiser posted on the line’s Facebook page.
Carnival: Carnival Cruise Lines doesn’t normally give away totes. However, members of the cruise line’s Platinum loyalty program get an annual gift and this year it happens to be a bag. The small black and gray beach bag/backpack has multiple pockets on the inside and outside, as well as an earphone hole for those jammin’ out on the go.
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