Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for the Cruise Loving Mom

Your mom would give you the world, so it probably brings you great joy to see her embracing the opportunity to explore the world from the decks of a cruise ship. If you’re thinking about special gift ideas for Mother’s Day, consider her love of cruising. If Mom’s already made (or is making) plans for her next cruise vacation, give her a thoughtful gift that she can enjoy on board or in port. In addition to enhancing her globe-trotting experience, she’ll be reminded that you appreciate all she does and are thinking of her as she travels. Here are some suggestions:

1. The Ultimate Gift: A Cruise Vacation

For a truly special, unforgettable Mother’s Day gift, book a Carnival cruise. It could be a weekend getaway for two or a longer voyage for the whole family, with Mom as the guest of honor. Choose a destination you know she’d love. Perhaps one of the numerous Caribbean ports, among them such delightful islands as Grand Cayman, Grenada and Aruba? Or send her to The Bahamas on a voyage calling at storied Nassau, laid-back Freeport or the private islands of Half Moon Cay and Princess Cays. Maybe Mom would love a cruise to Mexico, where destinations include the Mexican Riviera to the west, the Caribbean coast to the east, or the nature-rich Baja Peninsula.

3 friends talking onboard carnival ship

2. Digital Camera

There will be a professional photographer on board Mom’s cruise, but she’ll certainly want to take photos of her own. A new digital camera will help her capture spectacular scenery, famous landmarks and onboard fun. If you know your mom will go snorkeling or diving, look into underwater cameras or a waterproof camera case. Memory cards with plenty of storage, camera straps and protective cases also make great gifts to enhance her cruise photography and keep that camera safe.

3. Digital Photo Frame

A digital photo frame makes a lovely Mother’s Day present for a cruise lover. She’ll be able to show off all her memorable experiences and the exotic destinations she visited, putting a smile on her face long after she returns home.

4. Shore Excursions

Gifting Mom with a shore excursion is a gesture she’s sure to appreciate. There’s a huge array of options, but you know Mom best, so pick one you know she’ll enjoy. If she loves to relax in the sun, opt for a beach break or serene sailing excursion. If underwater action is up her alley, look into snorkeling excursions, such as the Coral Garden and Stingray City Sandbar excursion on Grand Cayman. If she’s fascinated by ancient cultures, send her from Cozumel on a tour of the Ancient City of Tulum, where the ruins of a Mayan fortress overlook the Caribbean Sea. She’ll never forget riding horseback along the unspoiled beaches of Cabo San Lucas on a Pacific Coast Horseback Adventure. Guided sightseeing tours, shopping trips, dolphin encounters, foodie tours and much more are available as well.

grandmother, mother, and children putting on snorkeling equipment on a boat

5. Accessories for the Sunshine

If Mom’s cruising to a destination with year-round sunshine, make sure she’s prepared to soak up all that sun safely, and in style. A brand new pair of sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat (look for one with a high SPF rating) will help her stay comfortable in the tropics. A breezy sarong, perhaps in a tropical print to fit her destination, is another nice idea.

woman wearing sunglasses and hat in carnival pool

6. Carnival Gift Card

A Carnival gift card, which you prepay for any value between $100 and $1,000, is an ideal gift for a cruise-loving mom. She can use it toward booking her next cruise, or for onboard purchases such as souvenirs, spa treatments, premium dining and shore excursions. It’s a convenient option too, as the card can be purchased online and it has no expiration date.

7. New Luggage

Has Mom been lugging around the same old suitcases since you were a kid? Upgrade her luggage before her next cruise with a matching set of lightweight, four-wheeled cases that make getting onboard a cinch. Smaller items, such as a backpack for day trips or a wash-bag packed with luxury toiletries, make nice Mother’s Day gifts too. A personalized luggage tag is another sweet idea for a voyaging mom.

8. A Special Dinner

Upgrade Mom’s onboard dining experience by buying her a meal at a specialty restaurant. There’s four-course fine dining at the Steakhouse, sophisticated fare at JiJi Asian Kitchen and Italian-American comfort food at Cucina del Capitano. If Mom is cruising on the Carnival Horizon, treat her to a meal at Bonsai Teppanyaki, where chefs entertain while preparing a sizzling main course right at the table. Or for a truly exclusive dining experience on every ship, there’s The Chef’s Table, a multi-course VIP dinner with cocktails hosted by the Master Executive Chef. Reserve Mom’s spot early as seating is limited.

married couple enjoying specialty meal on carnival ship

9. Bottle of Wine

Carnival guests are welcome to bring one bottle of wine (750 ml and sealed) onboard, so send Mom off on her cruise with a special bottle. Whether it’s Champagne for toasting, her favorite Cabernet Sauvignon to savor alongside room service, or a lovely rosé to sip under the sun on her balcony, a bottle of wine makes a perfect Mother’s Day bon voyage.

10. Spa Treatments

Send Mom to her ship’s Cloud 9 Spa for a luxurious massage or beauty treatment. She can choose a hot stone massage, seaweed detox treatment, body wrap or other delightful treatment for the ultimate in relaxation. What better way to unwind at the end (or beginning, or middle) of a cruise packed with fun?

woman enjoying spa in cloud 9 spa

What makes a good Mother’s Day gift? Anything that shows you care about your mom and know what she loves to do. So if your Mom loves to cruise, send her off with a gift that reminds her of your love every day of her vacation.