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Mention the word ‘cruise’ and people immediately begin to conjure up images of poolside cocktails, stunning sunsets, sun-kissed beaches and exotic destinations. Yet what many travellers don’t realise is that cruise ships are also a fantastic place to spend up a storm! If you love to give your credit card a workout we’ve come up with five of the best cruise ships for sailors with a taste for the finer things in life. From luxury leather goods and sparkling jewellery to the latest designer clothing and lavish beauty products, we’ve got you covered!
Celebrity Silhouette and Reflection – Celebrity Cruises
Celebrity is renowned for its luxury approach to cruising and the on-board shopping experience more than delivers. For big budget shoppers the ultra-luxurious Celebrity Silhouette and Celebrity Reflection vessels are a no brainer. On-board you’ll find some of the world’s most exclusive brands, including boutiques dedicated to Michael Kors, Bvlgari, Omega and Breitling. You may as well be shopping on Madison Avenue or Rodeo Drive! Reflection is also the very first ship to offer shoppers at-sea access to Barbara Rihl Fine Leather Goods, Kate Spade and Cole Haan. You may want to bring an extra suitcase to store all your newly purchased goodies!
Crystal Symphony – Crystal Cruises
As a small scale boutique line Crystal has always attracted a discerning crowd. If you’re looking for an unsurpassed onboard shopping experience Crystal Symphony is the undisputed place to be. The 922 passenger vessel houses some of the most desirable brands on the planet scattered across its prestigious Avenue of the Stars shopping strip. At the exclusive Facets, jewellery store shoppers enjoy private viewings of deluxe jewellery from manufacturers such as Savransky, Dabakarov and Robert Coin. A definite mecca for those with an appreciation for fine quality bling! The upscale Apropos boutique carries resort-style clothing from designers such as Michael Kors, Josef Ribkoff, Robert Graham and Tommy Bahama which means you’ll never be short of stylish outfits. Those craving a pampering session can hit up beauty isles from Chanel, Estee Lauder and Lancôme which are sure to have ladies feeling like a million dollars!
Queen Mary 2 – Cunard
For world-class shopping just a few steps from your cabin Cunard’s iconic Queen Mary 2 is a luxury lover’s paradise. The Mayfair Shops section offers passengers an English inspired shopping experience featuring top brands and boutiques such as Harrods and H. Stern. Not to mention a plethora of extravagant jewellery and clothing. As well as branded merchandise cruisers can also pick up some unique gift and memorabilia items at the ship’s beautifully appointed book and souvenir shop. Think nautical literature, posters, postcards, collectibles, and high-end keepsakes that you’ll treasure forever.
Temped to whip out your credit card and go on the ultimate at-sea splurge? Cruise 1st is currently offering some incredible deals on all of the above lines. And with the cash you save on cabin fees, you’ll be able to put towards stuffing your suitcase with some high-end goodies from the on-board boutiques!