I’ve been cruising since I was a child and during the last 14 years I have spent a LOT of time research cruise essentials, gifts and gear. On this page you’ll find the products that I recommend in the following categories:
If you’re interested in blogging/YouTube resources I have those at the bottom of the post.
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I booked my last two cruises through Cruise Nation and recently just booked another… If you’re in the UK and looking for bargains Cruise Nation is definitely a travel agent I’d recommend. Their newsletter always tempts me with deals even if I wasn’t looking for a cruise at all, it’s quite risky!
The code EMMACRUISES will work for any cruise and stay package over 7 nights, booked online. This was my face when I booked my last Cruise Nation bargain. More about that here: I’ve booked a cruise! Can you guess the line & ship?!
In addition to Cruise Nation, I also book cruises with Cruise 1st, Cruise.co.uk, Iglu Cruise, Planet Cruise, Bolsover Cruise Club and maybe some more that I have forgotten.
I have two Mia Tui bags which I use daily. I take mine with me to work, the gym, travelling, cruising and everything in between. The green bag was gifted to me by Mia Tui but i’ve since bought a bag for my mum and one for my friend, both of whom love theirs! You can read the full review here: Mia Tui bag review.
I’ve put together my favourite cruise essentials (and some things that are just for fun). If you purchase these I’ll make a little commission but it won’t cost you a penny extra!
This is a top secret one, a discount code for our Teespring store that you won’t find anywhere else!
The lovely Sheri from Cruise Tips TV has created a cruising masterclass. I adore Sheri and would strongly recommend you take the class if you are new to cruise. The course only costs $24.99, so with the discount, it’s $19.99! Bargain.
When I cruise I usually book my own hotels and transportation. I am a lover of a bargain so you’ll usually find me in a Travelodge or Premier Inn. If you’re staying in Southampton ahead of a cruise and love a bargain like me… check out the IBIS Budget hotel. It really is a budget hotel but it’s central, clean a bargain too! If you want to treat yourself check out the Harbour Hotel.
I’ll usually use a comparison site like booking.com to make sure I get the cheapest deal. It is SO annoying to book a hotel and then find it cheaper elsewhere! Check out Southampton bargains here.
Ridiculous cheap and practical gifts for cruisers (or cruisers to be). We’ve got cabin organisational gifts, packing gifts, port gifts and ‘just for fun’ gifts too! I bought a £5 card holder for the back of my phone (on top of my phone case) a few years ago and I’ve used it every cruise since. An absolute lifesaver!
My website is a self-hosted word press site. I currently use SiteGround and they’ve been great. They are a little more expensive than some others but in my opinion totally worth it. They have a live chat box which is great when I break my website… they always manage to fix it without any fuss!
SiteGround are also really fast and secure. Check them out here.
For YouTube I use a tool called Tube Buddy.
TubeBuddy is a browser extension (aka browser plugin) that adds a layer of tools directly on top of YouTube’s website. After installing TubeBuddy, simply go to YouTube.com and you’ll see our features right inside their site designated by the TubeBuddy logo.
There is a free version you can download here: Tube Buddy (Affiliate Link). There is an option to upgrade later for more features, its something like £10 a month and in my opinion well worth doing if you’re serious about YouTube.