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5 Cruise Ports That Are Great For Shopping

Whether it features near the top of your to-do list or somewhere further down, the chances are that you will dedicated some of your time away to shopping. It might be to buy some souvenirs for people back home or simply to indulge in a gift for yourself, but, either way, shopping is something that we are passionate about in Britain.

Many cruise ports offer paradisiacal surroundings in the form of pristine beaches and scenic views, but what about those that are a shopper’s paradise? Here are destinations that are great for some retail therapy.

Rome

Rome Shopping

Ok, so there aren’t that many shopping opportunities in the port of Civitavecchia (where the ship docks), but once you’ve made your way to nearby Rome, you can shop ‘till you drop in a world of big named stores. The hi-end chains of Gucci, Bvlgari, Prada and Crivelli may not be the cheapest but if there’s one place to really spoil yourself then it has to be Rome.

Boston

Faneuil Hall Boston

Everybody knows about the fantastic shopping areas of New York, but there are other cities on America’s east coast that are just as good. When exploring Boston, follow the local crowds to Newbury Street, where you will find a great mix of famous names and quirky independent stores. Slightly closer to the cruise terminal, there’s Faneuil Hall. This area is a little more touristy but a great place to grab souvenirs and a tasty lunch.

Charlotte Amelie, St. Thomas

Charlotte Amalie

Our list of great shopping ports wouldn’t be complete without highlighting the fantastic duty free stores in the Caribbean. Many of the islands offer the chance to bag a bargain, but this popular port on the island of St. Thomas is definitely one of the best. A stretch of old warehouse buildings houses more than 400 shops in the Downtown district, where you can buy a mixture of branded goods and handmade products for significantly cheaper than in the UK.

Dubai

Dubai Shopping

It’s no surprise that a city which likes to do things bigger and better than anywhere else has some amazing areas in which to shop. Whether you choose the giant malls which have risen up out of the desert or one of the local markets, there are plenty of places to find what you’re looking for on Gulf Cruise. Of course, Dubai is another destination famous for its duty free. Plus, if you’re looking for any jewellery, you’ll find gold items to be much cheaper here.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong Shopping

The fact that it’s such a diverse destination means that you will be able to find pretty much anything on the neon streets and in the local markets of Hong Kong. If you are looking for big-name fashion brands, head to IFC Mall or the independent stores of Tsim Sha Tsui; if it’s electronics you’re after, Sham Shui Po will offer a feast for your eyes; and if you want to mark a special occasion with some jewellery, where better than the expansive Jade Market in Yau Ma Tei for smaller purchases or Mong Kok for more precious items.

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