Do We Love These Free Cruise Bags? Totes!

June 14, 2012 | By | 6 Comments

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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    6 Responses to “Do We Love These Free Cruise Bags? Totes!”

    1. Joanne Schwartz
      June 19th, 2012 @ 3:37 pm

      Is there anyone out there who is going on the Jan. 20 Celebrity Infinity trip to SA?

    2. BubbyK
      August 7th, 2012 @ 11:25 am

      Been on Holland America 3 times in the past 2 years, never got a Tote Bag! Have they stopped giving them out, or is necessary to ask for one?

    3. DUSKO
      August 8th, 2012 @ 11:45 am

      STRANGE next time as room attendant we usually get one each of the higher grade bags not the canvas totes…..

    4. PreYou
      March 19th, 2015 @ 11:20 am

      On Carnival I ordered from the website a gift for my boyfriend of a totebag that came stuffed with two t-shirts (your choice of size), two sun visors, two beach towels, two gift certificates; one for drinks, one for photos, and a bottle of wine! I may have had to paid for it, but the tote came in very handy and folks on board kept asking us how we got it!

    5. Keys Kathy
      April 1st, 2015 @ 9:02 am

      Celebrity has changed the handles on their Concierge and above bag to mesh handles. Also, the bag it comes snaps inside to be an inside pocket. The BEST bag is Seabourn. It has longer than most straps and an extra long zippered pocket.

    6. irisd
      May 29th, 2015 @ 4:53 pm

      Azamara also gives tote bags. Sturdy exterior with a waterproof liner. Love SWAG!

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