Best Travel Gadgets to Bring on a Cruise in 2021 (tech items & electronics)

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In recent years, cruises and cruisers have become more tech friendly. In fact, in 2021 and beyond, you’ll probably be using the cruise line app onboard to make reservations and even see the menus. 

Of course, you don’t need a smart phone and electronic items to cruise, but they sure can add convenience! Beyond this, there are some cool tech gadgets that could add to your cruise experience.

In this post, you’ll find 15 cool travel gadgets and tech accessories that might be a great addition to your cruise packing list!

Tech Items to Bring on a Cruise

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Electronics & Cables Organizer Travel Case

This electronics organizer case is a favorite cruise packing accessory. Keep all your chargers, cables and wires in organized conveniently one place.


Recommended: Electronics cable organizer case (see color options & Amazon reviews here)

Kindle Oasis

An amazing item to have on a cruise, this Kindle is waterproof so you can read while relaxing in the pool or hot tub on the lido deck! The displayed Kindle Oasis is bundled with a beautiful leather cover and power adapter, however you can see other options as well.

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Recommended: Kindle Oasis (see Amazon reviews & check pricing here)

Bluetooth Earbuds

Whether you’re working out at the gym or listening to music or a podcast on the pool deck, make sure to bring along some wireless earbuds. These are inexpensive but work great, which is perfect to take on a cruise or to the beach.

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Recommended: Wireless earbuds (see over 8000 4.5* Amazon reviews)

Cruise Power Bar

A non-surge protected power bar is a must-have cruise item. Cruise cabins just don’t have enough electric and USB outlets for all our devices. This power bar is “ship approved” and one I highly recommend.


Recommended: Non-surge protected power bar (see 4000+ excellent Amazon reviews)

Powerbank or Portable Charger

This portable charger is perfect to charge your laptop, cell phone or other USB powered electronic device. What I like best is that this charger is incredibly fast!

This is so practical for days in a cruise port when phones tend to lose power quickly (as we tend to take lots of photos, videos and go on social media).


Recommended: Portable charger (see details & Amazon reviews here)

Waterproof Smartphone Case

A waterproof phone case is a must-have cruise essential! Of course it’s convenient while on the cruise ship, but even more so on shore excursions and beach day outings. The phone case seals to keep both water and sun out, plus you can store your ID and cash in it as well.


Recommended: Waterproof phone case (touchscreen & neckstrap)

Laptop Backpack with Built in Phone Charger

If you’re bringing a laptop with you on your cruise, this anti-theft backpack is so useful and convenient. We’ve used this backpack, which includes a built in charger, and carried it on embarkation day. We also brought it on tours and used it to carry our gear, including a go-pro and accessories. It’s comfortable and fits more than you’d think.


Recommended: Anti-theft travel laptop bag with charging port (see almost 20K Amazon reviews)

Bluetooth Tripod Selfie Stick

Take amazing photos and videos with this Bluetooth tripod and selfie stick. The Bluetooth remote means you can be in every photo that you want and have it timed perfectly!


Recommended: Bluetooth Tripod Selfie Stick (check for compatibility with your smart phone)

Go Pro and Floating Hand Grip

If you want to take some great action or underwater videos, or even just amazing videos on your cruise ship, the Go Pro 9 is pretty cool. Don’t forget to get the floating hand grip for beach and snorkeling excursions.


Recommended: Go Pro 9 (starter bundle with extra battery and floating hand grip)

Waterproof Digital Underwater Camera

A less expensive alternative to a Go Pro, this waterproof underwater camera takes great photos and videos. Great for snorkeling excursions, it can also make a great gift for the cruiser in your life.


Recommended: Waterproof digital underwater camera (check price on Amazon)

Waterproof Bluetooth speaker 

Have your own music in your cabin or at Sailaway on your cruise. This waterproof Bluetooth speaker is a favorite beach essential too!


Recommended: JBL Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker (see 40,000+ 5* reviews)

Water Resistant Watch

Having a an inexpensive digital watch is a good idea on a cruise, and especially useful for cruise port days. This affordable sportswatch is waterproof and shows the time brightly in the dark (good for inside cabins).


Recommended: Digital water resistant watch (check pricing and Amazon reviews here)


While not a high tech item, binoculars are a travel gadget that is great to bring on cruises. If you’re cruising to Alaska, it should definitely be on your cruise packing list. However, if you love to see marine life, bring binoculars on Caribbean or Bermuda cruises as well.

 Recommended: Waterproof travel binoculars (verify price on Amazon here)

Sanitizer Box

This UV light sanitizer box is an effective quick way to disinfect your cell phone, masks, key card and more. This cool travel gadget uses a UVC wavelength, an ultraviolet sanitizing frequency which kills bacteria. 


Recommended: UV light sanitizer box (check pricing & details on Amazon)

Best Selling Cruise Accessories: 

These are some of the most recommended and popular cruise accessories – I personally use them as well.

Packing cubes – They really just make packing and unpacking easier, and nothing will make you feel more organized for your cruise (or any type travel)

Reusable luggage tags– It’s a good idea to buy luggage tags before you cruise. You’ll simply slip the printed luggage tags (from your cruise line) into the durable plastic sleeves and attach them to each suitcase. Make sure to check this link to find the tags for your specific cruise line.

Magnet hooks – Did you know that cruise cabin walls are metal? This is why magnet hooks are a top recommendation by avid cruisers to add extra hooks and storage to your stateroom.

Bonine (seasickness meds) – Make sure to bring along your favorite non drowsy motion sickness medication. Personally, I find Bonine to be very effective without negative side effects (for my family).

Power bar (non-surge cruise approved) *Very important* Inevitably you’ll need more electric outlets and USB outlets on your cruise. Do not bring a power strip from home as it is prohibited and will be confiscated. Instead, pack a cruise approved power bar (see details here)

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Final thoughts: Best Travel Gadgets to Bring on a Cruise

If you’re going on a cruise, some of these cool travel gadgets and cruise accessories can be add convenience to your vacation. In fact, these tech items can even make some things on your cruise more enjoyable.

Which tech items do you bring on a cruise, or would you consider in the future? Please let me know in the comments below.

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