Things You Really “Should” Buy On A Cruise
Written by: Kuki
Some people are just naturally shoppers. They just enjoy being consumers; at times with no regard to if they have a need for it or not.
Others only shop when they feel a need to; they want to make the purchase; at times with no regard for whether they are getting the best, or the best price.
But whether we admit it or not, spending money is a part of the cruise experience.
On the ship, with the cashless society model (except in casinos) they do make it seem easy to part you from your money. All you are required to do is present your room key and you can buy anything you want, from drinks, to sundries and incidentals, to expensive jewelry. Sometimes, when you buy things on board it does seem that you aren’t spending real money. Of course you are! There is always a bill to be paid at the end.
In this week’s blog I want to offer my suggestions for a list of things I believe everyone should buy, just to make certain you don’t miss out on making them a part of your cruise experience.
1. Water- We all understand that water is life sustaining. Consumption of water alone can sustain you for quite some time even if food is unavailable. Tainted water is capable of making people quite ill, and even kill. A multi billion dollar industry has popped up based on that fear; bottled water. I know you are going to want to do your share to support this growing industry, so be sure to buy bottled water on board.
I know it seems a bit odd to buy bottled water, when you are on a ship surrounded by water, but no doubt everyone knows salt water is not consumable. However, it shouldn’t matter to anyone that cruise ships all have their own desalinization plants on board, and actually produce water as pure as is produced by any water bottling manufacturer on land.
Yes, if you wished to you could take your own empty bottle or thermos, and quite easily refill it at no cost, from any water dispenser on the ship. However, if you want to do your patriotic duty to support the free enterprise system, while making yourself feel as though you do are contributing to your own good health, and satisfy that human need to buy stuff, I highly recommend buying bottled water at every opportunity. Just forget about considering if it is actually physically better for your health or not; just buy it up, and drink up!
2. Inch of Gold - Gold is a rare commodity, at present selling for over $1700 an ounce. Aside from being useful in some applications, gold is a metal that for some reason draws rather inexplicable decorative attraction for human beings.
One rarely sees “inches of gold” available for sale on land (other than perhaps at faires, and small kiosks at malls). However on cruise ships it is amazingly available to purchase daily. The opportunity to purchase such an expensive commodity for as little as $1 an inch seems too good to be true to many.
I urge you to disregard the fact that what’s sold on ship is metal with gold plating on it, rather than being solid gold. Disregard the fact that the gold plating will most likely begin to wear off of the metal it is bonded to, and that metal will begin to oxidize before your cruise is over.
Just take pleasure knowing you were able to buy something that appears to be rather expensive jewelry, at least for a few minutes, for so little real cost to you. And remember, it’s a wonderful gift which allows you to temporarily impress the person you might gift it to.
3- Cold medicine - Few of us find it necessary to think we should have to protect ourselves against getting a cold, particularly on a cruise to tropical destinations. Therefore we don’t give much thought to packing over the counter medications that might help with the symptoms, should the need arise. Especially with the limited amount of space available in our luggage, it is much more important to make sure we have enough space left for our rum runners.
It really doesn’t have to be much of a concern, as these are over the counter medications that will always be available for purchase on any ship. And it gives us great satisfaction being able to buy it on board for $13 or more for products we could buy at home for $3-$4. Feel good about contributing to the economic health of the cruise lines while you try and stop sneezing.
4. Art – The chance to purchase works of art on board have been diminishing somewhat (because of the scandals with some of the businesses which supply art and art auctioneers to cruise ship). However, if available on your cruise, you should take the opportunity to learn about art, it’s history, and about the original artists from trained auctioneers.
If you think about, it makes very good sense to purchase artwork (sometimes very expensive artwork) while you are on board a ship, where they then ship your artwork from their land based warehouses. You’re able to make your choices from the limited art they have on board, without the troublesome effort of visiting various art studios or shops. And on the ships they will serve you complimentary cheap champagne while the auctioneers educate you on the products.
5- Luggage- After you’ve successfully purchased enough stuff during your cruise to know it can’t possibly fit in the luggage you brought with you, there is a solution available. Thankfully the ships don’t sell real luggage which can be quite costly. But they all sell various types of shopping or duffel type collapsible bags made of some type of clothes or materials which will normally make it all the way to your home; even if you do pay an extra fee to the airlines for carrying it.
It does make you feel good that you managed to buy the bag (or bags) for a cheap enough price, that it’s almost irrelevant you’re likely to never use that bag again.
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Posted: November 13th, 2012 under Kuki.