I love shopping and bringing home something different from each place I visit. Dolls from Mexico, Bahamas, Virgin Islands, Belize.
What Do You Buy Or Collect When Cruising?
Shot glasses - it's kinda cute for the birthday gatherings. Everyone has a different glass and I try to recall something about the trip when it was picked up. I'm somewhat of a foodie and try to bring back spices, seasonings, coffee, or something the locale is known for.
Very Nice :)
I tend to follow: "If it's not from there - don't buy it there" (with varying degrees of success). In non tourist ports (particularly in what used to be E. Bloc) I've ducked into hardware stores and found some neat stuff (bizarre sheep clippers, tap and dies with goofy threads, etc). In the Falkland Islands I was able to get a local driver's license, and in Uruguay a real cool yerba mate set. I've bought emeralds in Colombia and black pearls in French Polynesia (got a great price in Colombia - beat retail on the pearls). In St. Petersburg cathedrals we brought back cool prayer cards and (replica) icons.
Wow very cool!
I mainly look for mint tins with country flag or picture of a local attraction on the lid. In Canada I look for items with a moose on it, my favorite animal.
I try and get an interesting magnet. I painted a wall in my kitchen with magnetic paint and display them there.
I get Polo shirts from each new port or country I visit.
Hats both ship and ports...
I just take pictures for the most part an occasional hat.
Shot glasses and Harley Davidson t shirts. My wife collects charms from Diamond international