SimonCommunity
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QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Port Shopping

Do you typically go shopping in port? in what destinations do you find the best deals? What do you buy? And How much do you typically save over shopping for the same item(s) at home? Any tips or advice to share?

Tags: Shopping Duty Free Port Shopping

13 Answers

TERRI1962
Contributor Level: Captain

Hey Simon Thanks for Promotion, Wife shops in Port area , she seems happy until we get Home and I over hear a phone conversation on how she got ripped off on a purse etc. But it doesn't stop her trust me. 

scottasp
Contributor Level: Second Mate

We buy the typical Tee shirts and other souvenirs, sometimes a piece of jewelry or a watch. I am not sure about being great deals. I checked prices online for the last watch I bought and it was about what I paid. My wife bought Cariloha sheets and we love them. We have walked past these shops for years but are planning on buying another set when we sail in May.

BAK1061
Contributor Level: Captain

We've brought home cameras, watches, liquor, cigars, clothes, you name it.  Oh, and of course jewelry.  No one particular place, but for the cigars, if I want Cubans, I only trust two places; Churchills in Grand Cayman, and the Cigar Emporium in St Maartin.  I haven't bought them in a few years though.    A.H. Riese was always good for booze.

JusMe
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Contributor Level: Captain

I will get a polo shirt or two and some wine.   If in Ensenada then I'll go to Santo Thomas winery for a few bottles of Port and some cold pressed Olive Oil.

ItaVero
Contributor Level: Captain

Be wary of "Diamonds International."  The odds are good you'd do better at home.

Bubba54
Contributor Level: Captain

The wife usually looks for local craft jewelry. 

glomarrone
Contributor Level: Admiral

I used to do a lot of shopping in ports but now I rarely buy anything.  I did buy a reversible amber/larimar ring when I was in Puerto Plata.  I haven't found one like that back home for comparison.  When we were on the world cruise, we did buy tees for $2.50 each - some were for the Hard Rock Cafe from different countries.  We gave them to our grand son who collects them.  . 

WeCruiseToo
Moderator
Contributor Level: Captain

We really don’t shop all that much, but there are some great finds and amazing deals to be had!

  • We keep our eyes open for reasonably priced local art with a story, more likely to buy if we actually meet the artist.
  • Loose gemstones (not jewelry) can be a fantastic value!  As far as Customs is concerned, a loose diamond is no different from a rock off the ground.  We get them appraised at home before being set as jewelry and always learn they are worth substantially more than we paid.  (And we usually end up with a good story as well!)
  • Buying certain types of liquor on a cruise can save a lot of money, but you have to know the prices back home – some kinds may actually be more expensive.
BDRebel
Contributor Level: Captain

Never pay list price at DI. Always bargain with them. We usually pay about 65% of the list - never had a problem with any of their product.

ToddTheCruiser
Contributor Level: Staff Captain

I will  buy mostly a T-shirt with a Harley logo.  I have bought a nice Zippo lighter in Grand Turk and one time I wanted to buy some key chains for a few coworkers when I worked in my other office.  I did put time into as well and I found a store in St Thomas that had nice key chains with the first letter of their names.  They were not very expensive and had were pretty solid.  Being a single man.... I'm not much of a shopper.

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