Still looking for that perfect stocking stuffer for the cruiser in your life? In the past few weeks, cruise lines have been promoting holiday gift cards – similar to gift certificates – that the giftee can redeem for a prepaid shore excursion, a spa experience or even the booking itself.
Here’s a run-down of what some of the major lines offer:
Carnival: Gift cards are sold in any amount, ranging from $10 to $1,000. Besides using them for shore excursions and the like, recipients can apply the cards toward their onboard account (for an extra $1.99, you can buy a gift tin for it to arrive in). Note: the cruise line’s website says they aren’t redeemable onboard Carnival Spirit as the ship’s currency is Australian dollars.
Royal Caribbean: If your recipient is loyal to royal, you can buy them gift certificates in increments of $50, $100, $250, $500, $1,000, $1,500, $1,700 and $2,000. Keep in mind that Royal’s certificates need to be redeemed prior to the vacation, although you can set them up as onboard credit (before the final payment date). If you’re using a gift certificate for the cruise itself, the reservation needs to be made two weeks before the sail date.
Norwegian: Gift cards are available in $25, $50, $100, $250 and $500, or you can customize an amount up to $1,000. Late shoppers beware: Norwegian warns on its website that orders placed after Dec. 12 will not arrive in time for Christmas. (Hey, there’s always Valentine’s Day on the horizon).
Princess: While they aren’t billed as holiday gifts per se, Princess does have a fairly extensive onboard gift credit program, where you can prepay a giftee’s gratuities or buy them a Lotus spa treatment, casino chips, photos and video credits, shore excursions or even artwork sold at auction. The latter are all available in increments of $25, $50 and $100 (and if you can’t decide, a generic onboard gift credit is also available).
Celebrity: Similar to Princess, Celebrity also has a plethora of gift options, including onboard credit, meals at specialty dining restaurants, bar, spa and casino credits and packets. The most appropriate after these last few weeks of holiday revelry? A $443 detox bootcamp that includes three sessions with a personal trainer.