I am going to St. Thomas and St Maarten, and wondering which is the best for a new diamond ring for my husband and a tennis bracelet or earings for myself. Would like to go somewhere that people have stated to be reputable.
i have had great luck at Royal Caribbean. Found the merchants on St. Maarten much more cordial and less pushy than those on St. Thomas.
Attend your ships shopping lectures for great advise, and unadvertised deals and specials at specific stores.
Have a good idea of what the item would cost if you bought it back home, similar cut, quality, clarity and carat weight.
Its a good idea to purchase items from a cruise ship recommend store, in case something goes wrong or you have a problem, you register your purchase with the cruise line and the cruise line will handle any of the repairs, refunds etc.
We've also gotten good buys on jewelry from the cruise ship gift shop. We checked prices on internet, Cozumel and really found what I was looking for on the ship. This wasn't a cheap purchase, but it was a good buy for something we were looking for. My jeweler told me we got a good buy, he would have rated the color and clarity higher than Carnival's jewelers had done.............Diamonds International and Tanzanite International are both reputable and have stores in New York.........shop at all the shops mentioned in this thread. These cruisemates folks are good folks........