(Closed) Shopping on Cruise Ship? Need help from experienced cruisers

posted 7 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

The cruise ships do have daily sales on items and some things you can find for a reasonable price. For example, liquor is usually a good deal on board (not when you buy it at the bar, but when you buy a huge bottle of rum in the store). Also, the shopping is duty free, which means no tax!

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

The Carnival cruises I have been on have fairly good products at normal prices at the start of the trip. Toward the end, they usually discount everything and have $10 sales for stuff like scarves, watches, purses, hats, etc.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Ha, for booze and jewelry – no since you’re not taxed on international waters. 

For essentials such as toiletries and laundry detergent – yes, probably because they know you’re stuck on a ship when you need them.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@MarryMeTiffany:  I’ve mainly cruised on Royal Caribbean.  They generally charge you more than they would charge on land, since they have the monopoly onboard, but the prices aren’t as inflated as what you might see in an airport.  They tend to have a different sale every day.  Although they know that they’re the only place you can shop onboard, they also know that there are a lot of activities available besides shopping, many of which are free, so they have to provide you with some incentive 🙂  You’ll find better deals in Cozumel.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I typically bought all of my souveniers at the port, so they would be more authentic and from the actual place I was going to. I did see some good sales on jewelry and accessories on board though. 

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

Unless you want cruise ship touristy crap, jewelry or booze and cigarettes, there’s not much shopping to be done. The prices were great for booze (2 large bottles of Bermudian rum for $25) but crappy for pretty much everything else. The wind got the best of me so I had to invest in an alligator hair clip since I forgot mine at home. $12 for something that would have cost less than a buck on land.

We hardly did any shopping on board because there was nothing that we really needed or wanted (besides the booze and hair clip). My advice is to save your shopping & money for Mexico. 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

We just went on our first cruise!! We browsed in the shops daily at the sales, most of what was on sale was cheap quality in my opinion. They did have a watch that I had my eye on, I ended up buying it in St. Thomas for about $50 cheaper than the cruise had it for. They say that they will match prices on the islands, but everything is marked at MSRP, it’s just a matter of how much you can talk the shop owners down, so there really wasn’t anything to prove what the reduced price was. The liquor on board (in the shops) was much cheaper than anything we found on the islands so we bought that on the ship. All of the other things we bought (jewlery and souveniers) we bought while we were in port.

Post # 11
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

The prices can be pretty decent, and the duty free thing is really good.  Just be aware there are limits to what you can purchase, and you are technically obligated to report them.  There’s a bottle/size limit on how much alcohol you can bring back without paying taxes, and I think there may be a tax on any p urchases over a certain dollar amount.  It’s your perogative to decide if you want to report this things to Customs when you get back, but know there is a penalty for not reporting and getting caught.  Obviously buying some small things isn’t a big deal (I’m pretty sure the threshhold is a couple thousand dollars), but be aware if you’re trying to do any bigger purchases.

Your cruise director should be able to fill you in on what you can and can’t bring back into the country, as well as any limits imposed by Customs. 

Have an awesome trip — I’ve loved every cruise I’ve been on!

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I wouldn’t go on a cruise with the intention of shopping on the ship – that’s what the ports are for!!!  

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

Save your shopping for the port.  Cozumel has a port shopping center where you can get better deals and more of a selection than on board. 

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

On the 2 cruises we have gone on, they had huge sales on jewellry. Our last cruise had a Sworkski (sp?) store, and they had 65% off on the final day so I bought a bracelet and a necklace. I think it depends what you are looking for and if you are looking for a good deal, just to shop or for cultural gifts. We shopped on the boat and in the big ports. The most important thing to do is to enjoy!

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