The first time many people learn how to decorate a cruise cabin door on a ship is when they are already on their first cruise. By then, you are at the mercy of the ship store, and they don't typically have a lot.
If the store does have decorations, you'll be paying a lot more for them than you could have if you had shopped ahead of time. After reading this, you'll be prepared to decorate your cruise cabin door!
I remember seeing some doors beautifully decorated on my first cruise and thinking (slaps head) why didn't I think of this?!
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Cruise Door Decorations
As I mentioned, it's not totally too late once you are on the ship. The cruise ship gift shops know you'll be searching for cruise door decorations so you'll probably find a few magnets to personalize your door, or maybe even a door hanger. But wouldn't it be fun to have something uniquely you?
I started a Pinterest Board showing more ideas for decorating your door on a cruise. Join the fun and please ask if you'd like to be added so you can pin your door photos! Before you move on, you might want to grab my free packing list printable just for cruises to help you get ready for your trip.
A few years ago I cruised to Cozumel on Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas with 39 other bloggers, and fortunately, we planned ahead.
In fact, we had a contest for the best cruise door decorations, and because I had the most creative roommate ever, we won! You can scroll down after the 10 Ideas for cruise door decorations and see all the doors from that trip.
Holiday Cruise Door Decorations
This is a no-brainer, but if there is a holiday coming up, use those holiday decorations! My first cruise was in the middle of December. I saw the most adorable decorations with a Christmas theme.
You could have a big tree on paper and put your family names on the Christmas ornaments. For Valentines Day, you could do hearts. You get the idea. Here's one you might like: Cruise Ship Porthole Peel 'N Place
Special Event Decorations
Are you celebrating a special occasion like a birthday or anniversary? Let fellow cruisers know by announcing it on your door!
This one I found when I was cruising with Holland America on the Maasdam was great as they made sure not to use adhesive on the door. It looks like everything was attached to the railing and the door number sign.
Scrapbooking Door Decorations
Go to your favorite craft store and get scrapbooking decorations with a cruising theme. They will not have magnets, but you can buy a roll of magnet backing in a strip. Just cut pieces to fit each magnet. This is pretty inexpensive and looks great on the door!
Where are you from? Show off your country or state flag!
Use your destination as a theme. Going to Mexico? How about sombreros? The Bahamas? Beach balls and umbrella drinks! Going on an arctic cruise? Look at this adorable Arctic Cruise Props Party Accessory.
If you are going to several ports, grab something from each one and put it on your door while you're cruising. I saw one door on Facebook that had been decorated for a European cruise, and they had a cutout from all the places they saw while there. Very clever and easy!
Love your state? How about your state (or country) flag? Or something special from your neck of the woods?
Just don't spend too much as I did hear once that someone's decorations were stolen. I'm hoping it was a young kid who just didn't know any better.
Interactive Cruise Door Decorations
Place a magnetic whiteboard and pen on your door and ask a question.
- How many times have you cruised?
- What's your favorite port to visit on a cruise?
Believe it or not, people will answer! This one is a perfect size: Sparco Marker Board.
What's your favorite hobby? Love movies? Grab some decorations of film reels and movie DVD boxes. Love to surf? Read? Get creative like this one!
Place a magnet on each side of the door draping string from one end to the other for a different way to display any of the above ideas, or even postcards you've bought along the way. Wouldn't that be fun?
Selfie Station for the Win
And my favorite idea (from my roommate!) which won us the prize for the best door: Create a Selfie Station! Put up a frame mat with decorations all around, the name of the cruise line, the ship, and the date, and invite other cruisers to take a selfie! How much fun is that? And what a great memento of their trip!
Don'ts for Decorating your Cruise Door
Please note: Do NOT use adhesives! Magnets are readily available and don't damage doors. And, of course, never use profanity on your door. The ship will probably take it down.
Wouldn't it be amazing to have a cruise door decorating contest for a family reunion or other event? You now have the know-how to organize it! Be sure to come back and share your own ideas in the comments, and pin your photos!
Cruise Door Decorations on Royal Caribbean
Now for our amazing doors from the Brandcation cruise on Liberty of the Seas! Enjoy!
We had very creative people in our group!
A pirate theme is always fun!
How creative can you get?
Wouldn't your family have fun coming up with ideas?
Sheeps Ahoy! Bwahahaha!
Love the ideas list!
Photos of your family or group is a fun idea!
And our winning door! We had a selfie station and magnets that said #SeasTheDay with the date and ship. Some of the magnets had a blank where you could fill in how you would #SeasTheDay.
We told people to take one for their door, and many did! My roomie Jen from Life with Levi was brilliant, and we had a blast sharing our magnets!
I hope you have some fun ideas to begin your search for cruise door decorations! I'd love for you to come back and share your ideas and photos! Send me an email and I'll post a few! I've had a few people share from Disney Cruises.
Cruise Door Decorations from Disney Cruises
Isn't this one amazing? You can tell this was a family effort, which is what it's all about!
Another one that was definitely a family affair!
It doesn't have to be complicated. It's just about having fun!
These kids were proud of their door! I think it's awesome, too!
This one is fun for a Girls Getaway!
And if you love cruising, you have got to check out the posts about my trips!
We did the Disney Fantasy Cruise for my younger daughter's 18th birthday. We made incredible memories and if you have Disney-loving kids, I can't recommend it highly enough!
For our 25th anniversary, we took our girls with us on a Viking River Cruise on the Rhine. Yes, honestly, it is more for older people. There are better cruises for kids and teens. They did, however, find out there is a lot to do in the Black Forest besides eating cake, and they loved the food on the ship.
We also loved the very romantic Danube Cruise, especially spending one day in Budapest. What a magical city!
I wish my girls had been on Carnival with me because I think they would have enjoyed it. The excursions were definitely more their style. Carnival is perfect for a Girls Getaway! My sister and I had a blast!
A couple of years ago I flew out to Seattle for the Norwegian Bliss inaugural cruise to Victoria. The ship goes to Alaska for the full journey, but I've grown to love Victoria so much that I was thrilled! Maybe I'll get to Alaska in 2019. Do you know the best time to cruise to Alaska?
Last year the Norwegian Encore sailed for the first time, and I was thrilled to be on the inaugural cruise. This line has a magnificent cruise from New York to Bermuda.
Finally, my longest cruise to date was with Holland America on the Maasdam last year. I sailed with them for 20 days from Singapore to Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Hong Kong, and back to Singapore for one more day of exploring before heading home. It was the trip of a lifetime!
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Most of the above cruises were in partnership with the cruise lines.