Gift Shopping Abroad: 5 Ideas from European Christmas Markets

Getting your holiday shopping done in a foreign country always seems to add a little panache to your gifts. On my Viking Skadi cruise from Passau to Budapest, I found trinkets for everyone on my list  - including much-appreciated ornaments for my co-workers at Cruise Critic. Not to give anything away, but here are some [...]

Cruise Ship Stocking Stuffer: Gift Cards

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 [...]

Become a Gift-Giving Champion & Win Gold

From salvaged and re-purposed cruise ship furniture to plastic pill cases, this year’s gift guide features our Cruise Critic editors’ wide range of personal choices for that perfect travel token. Editor-In-Chief Carolyn Spencer Brown uncovers the ultimate investment for an avid cruiser or ship enthusiast: Living-room-ready antique furnishings and decor from ancient cruise ships. Maritime [...]

From Cruise Lines, With Love

No one wants to knock a Teddy bear or turn up a nose at heart-shaped confections, but if you could trade all that in for a cruise vacation… (insert daydream cloud here). Well luckily the following cruise lines are encouraging both the schmooze and the cruise with these Valentine’s Day deals heavy on the maudlin [...]

Cruiser on Your List? You (Almost) Can’t Miss With This Gift

Looking for a can’t-miss, last-minute gift for the cruiser on your list? Give the gift of onboard credit. Mainstream, big-ship cruising has always been a la carte — but these days there are more added-fee options than ever, from specialty dining to babysitting to upcharge entertainment. (See how readers rate these fees on the Nickel [...]

Just What Santa Ordered: 11 Gifts They Won’t Return

Who wouldn’t want a Lego digital camera? Or super-light luggage (and fashionable, too)? Or portable iPod speakers for your cabin? Or … ok, we don’t want to spoil the surprise. Check out all the offerings in our Gift-o-Rama, a selection of holiday gifts that span a wide range of prices and cover every age group. [...]

Gift-o-Rama Day 11: Light as a Feather

Welcome to Day 11 of Cruise Critic’s Gift-o-Rama, in which we’ve been unwrapping our 2011 gift picks for the cruisers among us. Better yet: You can actually win some of our choices by simply being a Lido Deck subscriber. For the finale of Gift-o-Rama, we bring you a must for every cruise traveler — luggage. [...]

Gift-o-Rama Day 10: Practical Power

Welcome to Day 10 of Cruise Critic’s Gift-o-Rama, in which we’ve been unwrapping our 2011 gift picks for the cruisers among us. Better yet: You can actually win some of our choices by simply being a Lido Deck subscriber. Today we bring you an item that any veteran cruiser will tell you is a must-have [...]

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