Jewelry and Cruising

I've stopped wearing and taking "good" jewelry on all my recent cruises for two reasons:

The Salt water is corrosive and harmful to it The possibility of theft is too great

This even includes my wedding rings which I have replaced with faux diamond rings for travel - I feel naked without a wedding band... I grew tired of taking my jewelry in for professional cleaning after a cruise and listening to the jeweler tell me how much damage I was doing to it.  I also used to put all of it in the safe and didn't bother to take it out.  I've been having more fun with faux stuff and trinkets I've bought when cruising ... the really irreplaceable stuff stays home ....

11 Answers

I wear very little jewellery when on vacation. My wedding band stays on, but not my engagement ring. I also leave good jewellery at home and just take a few pair of earrings and maybe 1 necklace or bracelet to wear at dinner, and that's it.

My wife takes mostly costume jewelry. She had her wedding rings copied with cubic zirconia. Me I enjoy my watches. I will take three or four for wearing on the ship. I have a ten dollar special I wear in port.

I wear a cheap watch in port like an ESQ and depending on the cruise line may take a good watch for formal night.

I always but the expensive diamonds in port, I mean com'on man, I have to impress the locals by flashing $10k around in cash when I buy a diamond.

OK, really, yeah DW ditches her jewelry even wedding rings when we go off ship.


Speaking of jewelry - a daughter-in-law bought a necklace at a ship kiosk (supposedly on EVERY cruise line - one of their selling points). About six months later, the clasp broke. Contacted the seller as directed on the 'Certificate for Unconditional Lifetime Replacement Guarantee'.

WELL - it is unconditional as long as you still have your original sales receipt. She didn't. She lost. Good lesson for a 22-year old, I suppose.

Unfortunately bracelets sold on Carnival by the independent retailer, which look like "Pandora" are cheaply made. There are a lot of negative reviews online. Some bracelets fall apart before the ship returns to the home port. Hopefully it didn't cost her much to have a jeweller repair it.

One jeweler wanted more to repair than original cost. Daughter-in-law has probably forgotten about it as it has been over a year since purchase. We have hung onto it and it remains on our 'cruise' desk as a memento of things to-do, and things NOT to-do on future cruises. Thanks for the reply.

Big Smile

If I'm going into the water I wear no jewelry. On the ship, I like to wear some of the nicer pieces I have purchased with a nautical theme (gold starfish, etc.) and my wedding band with diamond (not the good set), a watch (it's how I keep time even at home) and nice items to wear to dinner. In fact that is how I decide what clothes to take on the cruise. I pick the jewelry first then the clothing that goes with it. I've always been a little backwards.Wink The DH takes a nice watch to wear on ship, a dress watch for dinner and a cheap watch for ports. Note I do not wear a watch in port as I am not that far from the my DH.Surprised

I keep my good jewelry in the safe, and wear it evenings on the ship.


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