Not that I am encouraging anybody to spend more of their money but let’s talk shopping.
The Carnival Triumph has a shopping area on board. You can buy souvenir items, candy, clothes, watches, jewelry, cigars, etc.
The liquor store is known for having inexpensive alcohol that is duty free. Of course when buying alcohol remember those flying out need to find a way to get it home. We would send it to you but we found out the hard way last Christmas that it is illegal to ship or mail alcohol. You are allowed to bring back 2 liters of alcohol into the United states.
The jewelry shop is where you can find watches, loose stones, gold or silver by the inch, and standard earrings, necklaces and bracelets. All of the items come with warranties and one year low price guarantees. On the last day at sea the jewelry goes on a huge sale, sounds like that’s the best time to buy.
The logo shop is all things Carnival. Nearly every item you can think of with Carnival Cruise Lines stamped on it. Items range from robes to Christmas ornaments. I think I will be stopping in there for a few items.
The candy store on board is perfect for those of you with a sweet tooth. Guess Kelsey and Uriah will be shopping together.
There is also a smoke shop. The cigarettes and cigars are at a very low price.
The ports of Progreso and Cozumel are rich in shopping areas. I have read that there are several vendors that walk the street asking if you want to buy something. Remember that this is how they make a living and there is no reason to be rude. A simple no thank you and keep walking will let them know you are not interested. Vanilla is one of the most sought after items in these ports. It is suppose to be the best vanilla and vanilla beans anywhere and it is extremely inexpensive! Yep, I’m gonna need some of that too.
Now when free and shopping merge….wait for it….
The night before arriving at a port Carnival gives an informative talk about the port and places that should be seen. They give away several items to people that go to the talks and I was told that being in rows 1-15 is where you get the most stuff. There is also a segment on jewelry shopping during this talk. Some of the information they give is a big sales pitch but they give you free charms and a bracelet then a map that lists places to stop at in the next port. At these shops you are given another free jewelry item. One of the bloggers wrote about the charm bracelet that she filled for free! She also received necklaces and some loose stones that she had rings made when she got back to the states.
Now it’s time to save even more money before our cruise….I have some shopping to do while on vacation 🙂