Does anyone have any advice/stories on jewelry bought on the ship? I was VERY tempted to buy a beautiful diamond ring on Explorer last year. Instead I bought my husband a Tag Heuer watch. Has anyone had their ship bought jewelry appraised? Any problems? Thanks, Lil' Lori
Curious to see what answers you get. I've always wanted a Tag myself and bought one on the last night of my cruise last week. I checked a lot of stores on Nassau and the prices were the same or a little higher than the ship. The watch I bought was 500 dollars but the guy in the shop told me it would list for 1000 in the states. Now "list" is the key word there as jewelry never sells for list. I think I got a good deal but don't know how good yet. I won the blackjack tourney on the ship though and used the prize money to be my dream watch.
All I know, that the prices ar higher on the ship, than in the stores of the caribbean. And they do not go down with the prices. On one of our cruise we hat a good contact to the salesman in the jewelry store. And he told us, the the prices are fixed. Only when they have special offers they go down with some special jewelries.
And cruisebud is right. All of them are telling you the list price, but people who dont try to chatter (I dont know if this is the right word), have to pay to much. Thats also for all the stores in the caribbean. Take your time, go to a small family owned store, stay there for about a hour, have a nice conversation to the stuff, and you can get very special prices.
As I said earlier, many passengers avoid the stores, which are not cruiseline recommended and that is a big fault.
Marita, spend many dollars in jewelry on every cruise, but never in a ship store.
On a recent cruise on RC's Exlorer of the Seas, they had a huge jewelry sale (the good stuff, not the regular $20 rings, etc.) and friends bought some absolutely stunning pieces much cheaper than we had seen in any port AND when they got home were appraised by their jeweler at far more than anticipated. I have always been a bit skeptical of their "bargains" - but in this case the sale was legit and offered substantial savings on quality goods. If you know your jewelry and have a good idea of its "real" price - you can get some good deals on board.
I can't answer on buying in ship stores, but from my own personl experience, I purchased a diamond anniversary band in Nassau, went to Coco Cay with the ship the next day and discovered a diamond missing. I contacted the ship's pursor (Majesty) and he took all my information, plus my ring, and returned to the store and had it replaced. I received it one month later at no extra charge. I thought they went out of their way. At home,l had it appraised and was told excellent stones, high grade.