Go Back   Cruise Reviews Forums > Port Chat > Caribbean Port Chat
Register Forgot Password?
New! Use your Facebook, Google, AIM & Yahoo accounts to securely log into this site, click logo to login  
Search

Closed Thread
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 09-23-2004, 06:40 PM
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 10
Default
I will be stopping in St Thomas, Barbados, Antigua, Totola and St Maarten.
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 09-23-2004, 06:40 PM
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 10
Default
I will be stopping in St Thomas, Barbados, Antigua, Totola and St Maarten.
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 09-23-2004, 06:56 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Valley Center, CA 92082
Posts: 2,362
Default
I believe that St. Thomas and St. Maarten would be the two best choices with St. Thomas pulling ahead by an edge because of the vast selection in the shops.

Have a great time shopping!

Tom
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 09-24-2004, 08:42 AM
NancyN's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Wickliffe, OH
Posts: 2,555
Default
I definitely agree with Tom. Be aware that prices can sometimes be a tiny bit better in St. Maarten, but there is a much larger duty free allowance made for purchases from St. Thomas. Based on the quantity and price of jewelry you plan to purchase those factors may weigh in your decision.
Nancy
__________________

Free Cruise Tickers
  #5 (permalink)  
Old 09-25-2004, 06:40 AM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Posts: 645
Default
quote:
Originally posted by RedWine:
I will be stopping in St Thomas, Barbados, Antigua, Totola and St Maarten.


For sure St.Thomas is #1, St. Maarten #2.
Routinely the ship will give you a list of shops they recommend. I have jewelers I have used for years on both islands. Have also made 2 camera purchases on St. Thomas.
ENJOY
__________________




Link to my webshots:
http://community.webshots.com/user/s...host=community
  #6 (permalink)  
Old 10-04-2004, 11:04 AM
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 17
Default
keep in mind that the shops the cruise lines reccomend pay the cruise lines for the plug...


not to say the deals aren't good...but I've had better luck with the non-reccomended shops for jewlery, but, and this is a HUGE but (like mine *grin*)...I know jewelry...gemology is a hobby of mine, so buyer beware...
  #7 (permalink)  
Old 10-05-2004, 03:05 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Posts: 151
Default
I bought a beautiful ring on my last visit to St. Martin (it was cheaper here than in St. Thomas) but Nancy is right. Be careful about the duty free allowance. I was unaware that there was a difference and had to pay a large portion of my savings to customs. Oh, well! I still love my ring.
Suzi
__________________
Free Cruise Tickers
  #8 (permalink)  
Old 10-07-2004, 08:23 AM
Banned
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: TRENTON MI USA
Posts: 308
Default
If you have a interest in something check out your local jewelery store first. We have bought stuff in both St Maartin and St Thomas. Customs is really cracking down on collecting their duty. Also beware of the ship's guarantee. It does not guarantee anything except that you are not getting imitation stones. They do not guarantee that you are getting the best price or not paying too much. Talk to a gemologist in your area and he will probably have a lot of horror stories to tell you about "deals" people got. We took our jewerly to one to get it appraised and he said if we paid too much there is nothing that can be done. He has people come in all the time and many leave disappointed. Our stuff was appraised within $200 of what we paid for it. He did not know the price beforehand. A piece of jewelry that was purchased on board (tanzalite, $1900, was appraised at $1850). My wife said she still liked it and was happy with it. $5000 worth of other stuff was appraised at $5300. He said even though it is not worth the price that we thought it was we could have got ripped off as some of his customers have been. We should just consider it as a momento of our trip and don't get caught up in the hype again.
 
Closed Thread

Tags
buy, caribean, cruise, deals, gold, jewelery, martin, port, ring, shops, st, store, tanzalite, thomas, watch, watches

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Decent hotels close to port in miami with free shuttle to the port? michelle028 Embarkation Ports, Hotels, and Transfers 0 01-03-2010 09:08 AM
Question about Port of Galveston Port jlink Royal Caribbean Cruise Line 8 02-05-2008 02:49 PM


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On
 

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 02:28 AM.

Contact Us - Terms of Use - Cruise Reviews Home - Archive - Privacy Statement - Top

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
SEO by vBSEO 3.5.2