I recently returned from a Zenith sailing. I was amused and at
the same time disappointed by the shopping advice given by the
cruise staff during their presentation. They would only discuss
certain shops that were on the illustrated map they hand out. When someone had questions about items or stores that weren't on
the map, the staff would either talk around the question or would
ignore the inquiry completely. Finally, at one point, after being asked several times about the same place, he said " I can't
talk about that store, because it's not on our recommended list."
Later, in one of the ports, My nephew heard exactly what it takes to be on that special recommended list: A shop owner was arguing with ship's shopping specialist, and was asking why he had to pay so much to be on their list, when he pays so much less to be on the other line's "recommended shopping list"!!
- - So- word to the wise, if a place is recommended, it doesn't mean the quality or price is any better, it just means someone has paid an advertising fee. (So much for our ship staff looking out for us!)