AAA’s six shopping steals on a cruise ship

There are many misconceptions about what you should and should not pay for on a cruise ship. In honor of Cruise Month, AAA Arizona is revealing its travel expert’s six steals on board.

“From perfume to designer fashions, many products are sold without tax and are duty-free on a cruise ship,” said Amy Moreno, senior travel manager for AAA Arizona. “Oftentimes, cruise lines will sweeten the deal further with sales and promotions.”

Travel source AAA’s six steals on a cruise ship include:

  • Fine jewelry. Shoppers will find bargains on gold and diamonds. One of the best times to buy is when manufacturers’ representatives are aboard doing trunk shows. Of course, when making an expensive purchase, it’s always wise to do research. If you’re in the market for jewels, research prices beforehand. You also can price check online while on board.  
  • Costume jewelry. Cruise ships are a great place to shop for trinkets. Ships will have ‘sidewalk’ sales where costume jewelry can be found at a great price. For example, all items might be less than $50, and some as low as $10.
  • Designer watches. Just as with other fine jewelry, savvy shoppers will find deals on fine watches. Most cruise lines carry high-end brands on board and will offer exclusive deals, with savings sometimes as much as 40 percent. In addition, you may be able to find some price match guarantees on board as well.
  • Perfume and makeup. Shoppers can enjoy savings of about 25 percent on designer-brand perfumes. Makeup from department store brands also can be found at good prices at duty-free shops.
  • Sunglasses. Prices on name brand and designer shades are typically about 10 percent lower on board, plus, there’s no sales tax.  Shops also have a good variety of less expensive options.
  • Logo merchandise. Souvenirs such as T-shirts, sweatshirts, magnets and other logo items often will go on sale throughout the cruise.

 “Before you shop ’til you drop, familiarize yourself with U.S. Customs and Border Protection rules on what you can bring back into the U.S. duty-free,” Moreno said.  “Also, make sure you understand the cruise line’s return policy and any applicable warranty information.”

Happy shopping!