We just returned from our first cruise on the Conquest. While onboard we watched the "feeds" on TV. The onboard shopping "expert" was constantly on, giving advice about buying jewelry and watches. The nights before we would dock, we would receive the little newspaper with a list of recommended shops. At the shopping expert's desk, between 7-9pm, she would be on hand to give out coupons and reinforce her advice on which shops to do business with. She insisted that these stores offered theabsolute LOWEST prices because there was no Duty nor were there taxes to pay.
WELL--my husband bought me a beautiful diamond Longines watch in Grand Cayman, and I was thrilled. When I got home, I looked online and found the exact watch for $300 less than he paid, with no charge for shipping. Tonight I found the watch on Ebay, with the papers, for over $500 less. I was shocked. My husband is furious.
Lesson to other travelers--DO YOUR HOMEWORK. Maybe the so-called "experts" on these cruises get kick-backs from these shops. Maybe the cruise line does too.
Like Daddy always said--If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Oh well, I still love my watch.
And the cruise was wonderful.