We went to one art auction. It was an eye opener watching people buy $20K worth of art. I'm no expert but even I was questioning why something that had so many copies of could be worth so much. I don't go anymore, I don't need a glass of champagne that badly.
The article makes it very clear that my concerns were justified. IAnd its not just art, but many of the other things you think of buying while on a cruise (on or off ship) So many times we have looked at something and thought - wow that must be a cheap price, we should get it now, only to hold off and find it online so much cheaper when we get back home.
If there is something you think you shouldn't pass up, go to the ship's internet cafe and search for it online and get a price. Then you will know how much you would be truly saving.
It is worth the cost of the internet usage to save yourself.
Carnival Cruise Lines:
Fantasy 90, Celebration 95, Victory 05, Conquest 05, Spirit 6/06, Freedom 6/08, Holiday 7/08, Victory 6/09, Valor 9/09, Dream 6/10, Splendor 8/10,Conquest 8/11,Magic 11/11,Triumph 4/12,Spirit 7/12,Freedom 11/12, Triumph 2/13 - The fire cruise
NCL Dream October 2006, RCCL Mariner OTS June 2007