Cruise Critic Announces Launch of New Holiday Gift Center

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The art of giving just got easier

Cruise Critic, the leading source for consumer cruise information, has launched Holiday Gift Central, a new gift center for cruise enthusiasts. The ever-changing feature showcases nifty gift ideas for cruise aficionados in six categories: Gadgets & Stocking Stuffers, Memorabilia, Movies & Music, Cruise Line Online Boutiques, Books and Kids’ Corner.

Holiday Gift Central is part of the Web site’s comprehensive holiday travel section, with features on planning your holiday cruise and what to expect, as well as a forum for folks to chat about holiday travel.

New gifts will be added often -- even daily -- as the season progresses. Items are handpicked by Cruise Critic’s editors, contributors and readers with links for easy, no-fuss shopping. Among the highlights so far?

*Gadgets/Stocking Stuffers: The Sharper Image’s Dual Time Zone Alarm Clock ... lightweight for packing, features a nice big snooze button and blue LCD that is easy to read -- even in a dark inside stateroom.

*Cruise Memorabilia: Historic cruise ship artifacts ... from the extravagant (a $3,500 replica of Queen Mary 2) to the everyday (a $10 pin from Norwegian Cruise Line’s famous flagship, SS Norway).

*Kids’ Corner: Polly Pocket! So Hip Cruise Ship ... Polly and three plastic pals hit the high seas in this playset modeled after a modern mega-ship; there’s parasailing, rock-climbing, hanging out in the hot tub and more.

*Cruise Line Online Boutiques: Hot items directly from the cruise lines ... Carnival Cruise Lines sells its plush duvets, pillows and even mattresses on; we’ve slept on this bedding, and it is fabulous.

*Books: “What Time is the Midnight Buffet?” ... Cruise Critic member ChesterH has written a slim but incredibly fun book about his very first cruise, packed with anecdotes, insight and great advice.

*Music and Movies: Cruise films and destination CD’s ... Watch Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon wreak havoc onboard in “Out to Sea,” or sit back with “Mediterranean: Gifts from the Sea,” a disc of tunes from Spain, Greece and more.

About Cruise Critic

Cruise Critic is the leading cruise community and editorial site on the Internet, providing cruise reviews, cruise line profiles, ports of call highlights, cruise deals cruise news and features, and active cruise forums.

Cruise Critic was recently honored as a Webby Award Honoree and received a bronze in the prestigious Society of American Travel Writers’ Lowell Thomas Awards. The site has been critically lauded by publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, among others, and was named to Travel + Leisure’s “The 35 Best Travel Sites.”

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