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Luanne Russo November 9th, 2007 11:59 AM

I still wear mine, but I have two on the same arm that I wear together. One from Carnival has turned a darker shade.

Sammy1954 November 9th, 2007 01:11 PM

My favorite place to shop is Mr. Tablecloth in St. Thomas.
they have the most wonderful gifts.
Tablecloths, table runners, clothing, and nice baby things.
If you have been there you know what I am talking about
and if not you should make it a stop while you are there.
6 main street in the shopping area in st. thomas. (downtown)
I spend about two hours there everytime I go.
The people that own the store are the best and everyone
working there is very helpful in helping you find just what
you need and want.
No I dont work for them just spend a ton of money there
buying gifts for all my friends and family each time I get to
st. Thomas.
Liberty april 2008 169 days and counting.

brneyes November 9th, 2007 05:40 PM

I find that if I don't spend over $25 on something, I'm not looseing that much. Actually I have got some good deals on watches and beautiful purses for $10. The watches are STILL running after two years, where most batteries run out the first year. I have checked prices on the beaded/sequen purses here in the states, and there is no way you could touch them foir $10, unless you went to a Thrift Store. :)

lifeisschool November 9th, 2007 10:58 PM


Originally Posted by valtime
We have you all beat. Now are the proud owners of two Televera Mexican bathroom sinks from Cozumel. We are the envy of all who visit our home.

I would love to see a picture of this! How in the world did you get 2 sinks back from Cozumel?

colorcrazie November 10th, 2007 01:41 PM

We buy commuter mugs the minute the ship's stores open, then carry them around all week, since we love HOT coffee. Have nothing but those in cabinets at home now. I have also bought watches that I do still wear and even some art work. One I totally regret, one I'm so-so about and two I still love. But, mostly I buy local handicrafts in ports. Can't always find what I like, but love the things I do have. Mostly wood carvings, occasionally baskets, even a real feather duster that wasn't even for sale. The "shop" owner was using it to dust and I got her to sell it to me, fairly cheaply. Don't shop for valuable items, just ones I can afford that give me pleasure back at home.

valtime November 10th, 2007 04:29 PM

sinks from Cozumel
One at a time. Actually got our first one a couple of years ago and had to tender back to the ship. People were certainly interested in what my husband was carrying. It looked like a turtle wrapped in mesa bags. This year was easy - just had to carry it back to the ship. We drive to the ports so never have to worry about planes. Customs get a kick out of us carrying sinks. They look wonderful and certainly get lots of compliments from guests.

lifeisschool November 10th, 2007 08:19 PM

Re: sinks from Cozumel

Originally Posted by valtime
One at a time. Actually got our first one a couple of years ago and had to tender back to the ship. People were certainly interested in what my husband was carrying. It looked like a turtle wrapped in mesa bags. This year was easy - just had to carry it back to the ship. We drive to the ports so never have to worry about planes. Customs get a kick out of us carrying sinks. They look wonderful and certainly get lots of compliments from guests.

So, do you have a picture?

Beau222 November 11th, 2007 03:59 PM


Originally Posted by valtime
We have you all beat. Now are the proud owners of two Televera Mexican bathroom sinks from Cozumel. We are the envy of all who visit our home.

I will be the first to admit that I "Googled" to find out what the hell this was...

Beau222 November 11th, 2007 04:05 PM


Originally Posted by FlaHomeBldr
I have bought three Tag Heuer watches on diffrent cruises, when I get lucky in the casino. They are the best prices anywhere including the internet as I have checked and they are an authorized dealer so the warranty is good. Love my watches bringing my Link with me on my cruise 11/18 on the Legend. Good Cruising all.

I too bought my first Tag "Kirium" saved quite a bit, especially when I found the same watch priced 200.00 less in port and the ship matched the price. Veryyy Happy.

tjwalkingon November 12th, 2007 07:24 AM

VALTIME--I'm thinking about bring one back in Jan. Where did you find yours? I remember seeing some at a shop there at the dock. What was the price running on them?

brneyes November 12th, 2007 10:39 AM

Sometimes when I am at the ports, I see some of the natives and feel sorry for them, so I will purchase (I call them "dust collectors" :wink: ), but I feel in this way, I am helping some of the natives out.

Several years ago, I was on a beach and it was hotter than HOT. 8) I seen this man making (selling also) jewelry. He was working on a necklace that I thought was beautiful, but when I seen him working on it, I noticed it would be too long for me. I then ask him if I bought it, would he shorten it, and he did. So I know have that necklace with LOTS of compliments, and I then tell the "story" of the HOT beach, of where I bought it.


abbysinclair316 April 13th, 2008 12:19 PM

To anyone who has purchased a Mishima Opal
Do you have any idea where else they can be purchased except aboard a cruise ship? I have a seahorse necklace I bought awhile ago & I love it, recently got my ears pierced and would love some earrings to go with it. Don't want to take a cruise just to see if they by chance have a pair. Any suggestions? The only thing I could find on line under the Mishima Opal was the post from the lady who purchased a necklace on a cruise ship like I did.

jadainca April 13th, 2008 01:37 PM

We recently went on the Elation to Cabo and instead of getting suckered in to cheap stuff we bought a beautiful stained glass to hang in our window. Its huge, about 2 feet across. And I love it. My husband got them talked down to $78.00... even on ebay it would go for more than twice that! Then we got some smaller ones for our daughters room for a couple dollars each! The last thing we bought was from one of the vendors going back to the ship. It is a tile that is hand painted with the rocks of Cabo in the background and a Carnival ship painted on it. It is so much better than the cheap stuff that will fall apart and when I see it hanging in my kitchen It makes me smile!

Ro April 13th, 2008 02:27 PM

Bought some ceramic coffee cups and still use them in the morning to drink my tea. My sister bought one of those rolling wheel cloth luggage bags from the Carnival ship store for $25.00 to put all the junk & fake purses she bought in Nassau & Freeport and she still uses it. I was surprised it didn't rip with all the weight she put in it.

familyfromvt April 14th, 2008 01:41 PM

Thanks all - I needed to read this thread. Sailing this Sunday and I ALWAYS buy too much crap. Thanks for reminding me it is really crap. LOL

Pamulla April 14th, 2008 02:02 PM

Last year, on my first cruise, I was so tempted to buy some jewelry but then I discoverd it was not italian but actually made in Tel Aviv. Even duty free things may or may not be a good deal!
We bought a few things in port shops, including a lovely Turkish carpet I have in my bathroom. No cruise pictures. In fact, I found all those photographers a little intrusive.

brneyes April 17th, 2008 10:23 AM

This is sort of on the line of making purchases.

We just got back from the Eastern Caribbean a few weeks ago.

One thing I would recommend, although it can be very "crowded", is the straw markets on these islands. They all seem to have the same thing, or something similiar, but you can really save money buy purchasing from them. You can get 4 T-shirts for $10.00, which are pretty nice. My friend also bought a very nice bag to carry her beach, etc. things in for $10.00. These were very good deals. I noticed there were small buildings a few blocks away with almost the same thing, only higher priced. The difference, they have "overhead" to pay for, so thus they have to charge more.

In St. Thomas, if you want jewelry without paying tax, that is the place to go. Compare the prices to the ship, and normally you will come out ahead. The ship does run specials each day, and you can get some beautiful beaded/sequen purses for $15.00, and watches the same price.


rjburd April 17th, 2008 10:39 AM

During our shopping in Cozumel, we were hunting for a bottle of tequila to bring home for my BIL. The men went into a shop with a vendor while cousin and I waited outside the door. The shopkeeper knew his business; he came back out to cousin and I telling us he had the perfect tequila for us. He gave us samples of the most wonderful liquor, most un-tequila-like. It reminded us both of a slight almond taste, but was so smooth.
This last trip, I hauled the hubby all over Cozumel until we found it again, and promptly bought a case! :D
Thank goodness we're going back in September, I think it might all last until then.

lobsterlover April 17th, 2008 11:37 PM

You bought what??
rjburd All right no fair the suspense is killing me! What is this wonderful stuff? Seriously I'm always interested in something new or different.


rjburd April 18th, 2008 07:45 AM

This stuff is like nectar of the gods, I tell you what! I've never liked tequila and I could seriously be perfectly happy polishing off a whole bottle by myself. lol

It's Cava Antigua tequila. It comes in a hand-blown, squatty-shaped bottle with a cork stopper. The labels are made of leather, and this varierty was the light amber colored tequila, the label says it's Licor de Almendra.
This last trip down there, we were determined to find more. We stopped in every liquor shop asking for it, after about the 15th one, we found it. It's not easy to find, very few shops carry it. When you're in the square where the fire dancers are, face the Gulf, then go right. The tiny, tiny shop was about two blocks from the square, but I can't remember exactly where on that street. It was within two blocks from the road that runs along the Gulf. It's not the cheapest tequila you'll find down there, by any means, but it's so worth the cost. Just don't forget to barter. :wink:

Style2k7 April 18th, 2008 12:19 PM

I bought a set of golf clubs on the ship... well I ordered them on the ship so they were tax free and then they were shipped to my home for free. Same price for the clubs if I had bought them at home, maybe a little cheaper but the free custom fitting, shipping and tax free was nice

nolou525 April 18th, 2008 01:05 PM

We also fell victim to the gold by the inch. Out of 6 items purchased, only one remains. The others were thrown out about 6 months after the cruise.

lobsterlover April 18th, 2008 07:14 PM

You bought what?
Thank You rjburd, I'll have to look for it as it sounds interesting.


Mike M April 18th, 2008 07:45 PM

My wife has purchased two watches from the "Giant Watch Sales" onboard ships.

The first was good. It was a Lucien Picard designer thing (the movement was probably Timex) and it ran for about three years until she broke it at work. Not many watches would have taken the bang it took.

The second watch was hilarious. She bought it in the shop and the next morning it was no longer running. We took it back to the shop and they first tried to find a battery for it. I told them I didn't want a battery I just wanted my onboard account credited. A 12 hour watch isn't a good thing. They did find another watch, and my wife did like how it looked so I agreed to take it. Well, this one lasted two days. :roll: I took it back and this time they credited my account. It was a VERY good thing she bought the watch EARLY in the cruise.

She hasn't bought another watch on a cruise.

Take care,

Libragirl April 19th, 2008 03:04 PM

Re: You bought what??

Originally Posted by Deakon
Yes, I need that marginally less expensive watch because it's on the boat!!

Yes, that painting would look perfect on my wall.. And I should buy it now because... It's on the boat...

Yes, I should buy that tanzanite--it's 50% off TODAY ONLY.. on the boat...


Have you ever been caught up in the heat of the moment buying crap you don't necessarily need but bought it because you were on vacation,---on the boat or in port..? And if you're wondering, yes--there is a Norman Rockwell lithograph on my wall and I'm damned proud of it! haha


I buy things I don't need on EVERY cruise!! LOL :shock:

Libragirl April 19th, 2008 03:12 PM


Originally Posted by IBCRUZIN'
I once brought some costume jewelry on the Destiny during their $10 sale. It was the cheapest, worst quality of pseudo-gold I have ever owned. I wore it twice and it turned all kinds of colors. It was horrible. :twisted: :twisted: I recently just threw it away. What a waste. :evil:

On the other hand, on RCCL VOS I purchased several pieces of the "gold" by the inch in 2003. This stuff still looks brand new. :D

No more $10 sales for me. :cry:

I, too, have bought way too many of the cheap $10 jewelry sets. Most of them have only been worn once. I don't know what I was thinking when I bought them. I have a lot of beautiful REAL jewelry!! Oh, well!!

Libragirl LOL

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