Unexpected Gifts You Can Buy
For anyone who hasn't been on a cruise before, setting foot on the massive deck and walking the cavernous spaces can be a bit mind boggling. It's incredible how much cruise lines can pack into their ships. It's even more impressive, and sometimes just unusual, how many different items can be purchased in the shops and while attending different events. If you're trying to bring home a gift to commemorate your travel experience, look no further than these unexpected items.
Avoiding additional tax on items you're already in the market for is probably the best thing about cruise ship shopping. Everything from flip-flops to watches are available at lower prices, allowing you to scoop up some of the newest brand-name merchandise on board. Some of the discounts are misleading, and raised prices can take a bit out of your prospective savings, but if you've had your eye on designer handbags, you may just find the discount you're looking for on your ship.
When people find out there are shops on cruise ships, they usually picture small kiosks or travel-sized gift shops. Bigger ships boast several designer shops or entire shopping mall spaces packed with some world-famous luxury boutiques. Selling everything from fashion accessories to jewelry and laptops, these stores give passengers a chance to buy the latest styles, some of them at value prices only found on the high seas, just in case you feel like splurging on a special gift.
Going Once, Going Twice ?
On the list of unexpected events some cruise lines offer is the art auction. While it isn't the type of auction you might find in Manhattan, famous artwork by well-known artists is available. Be aware that most of the pieces being sold are limited edition prints and not original paintings. Although it's foolish to believe you're bidding on an authentic painting from Dali or Picasso, it can still be a fun experience, and you may even find famous art at an affordable price for your home.
Passengers definitely won't be shocked to find plenty of alcohol on board their cruise ship, but they may be surprised to discover the discount bottles sold in the gift shops. Pricier bottles of bourbon, vodka, whiskey, and more are typically available at duty-free prices to take home when your ship pulls into the port. Stock up your liquor cabinet to keep the vacation going long after your trip is over, or get a couple bottles of your favorite as gifts and holiday surprises.
Discount items certainly can be found on your cruise ship, but they're available every single day at The Lakeside Collection. Discover all kinds of useful items for your adventure, from apparel and accessories to keep you comfortable on board to books to read while you relax on the deck.