With the busiest shopping season of the year finally upon us, we’ve decided to take a look at some of the best places to go on a super shopping spree. If you’re always ready to grab the best bargains or you love a high-fashion find, these are the places you need to be heading to!
The United Arab Emirates’ showcase of excess and opulence certainly oozes wealth, making it a must-visit destination on Middle East cruises. If you’re ready to splash the cash – Dubai won’t disappoint. Even if you don’t have a big budget, it’s worth experiencing for the sheer wow-factor. The Dubai Mall is the biggest shopping centre in the world, boasting a total of 1,200 shops across four floors – so there’s a chance you might have to plan which ones you go to, as visiting them all will take days! It’s fair to say everything you could possibly want, or imagine, is here. Oh, and make sure you check out the world-famous Dubai aquarium located inside the mall – and if you happen to be there on an evening, the fountain display outside rivals Las Vegas’s Bellagio!
Paris is Europe’ most visited city behind London – and one of the main reasons is because of the quality of shopping available! The department stores offer both convenience and style, the boutiques offer class and elegance whilst the market stores offer local, cultural delights. If you’re a first-timer we recommend visiting the Champs Elysées – arguably the most famous shopping street in Paris, if not all of Europe. With all your top stores scattered down this iconic boulevard, it really is a shopoholic’s heaven. If you’re set on shopping in Paris on a rainy day, there are several shopping malls where you can easily spend an entire afternoon. Shopping aside, this is a location that will romance and surprise you in every way.
The Caribbean and duty-free go hand in hand to create one of the world’s best shopping meccas! The main hot-spots include Philipsburg in St Maarten, the island of St Kitts, Basseterre and Barbados. Philipsburg is a popular duty-free stop-off for cruise visitors, particularly those in search of top-end clothes and jewellery, while St Kitts’ Port Zante in Basseterre boasts many markets and is particularly good for spirits. Bridgetown meanwhile, is the capital of Barbados and its famous Broad Street is the place to go if you’re looking for a boutique or two. The duty-free aspect means there are plenty of potential bargains to be had!
One of the most enduring and popular destinations on Mediterranean cruises, Barcelona has a little of everything – beautiful beaches, breathtaking architecture and shopping options galore, with everything from modern complexes to traditional markets to choose from. The famous street of Las Ramblas is a popular hot-spot – the pedestrianised nature of this district means you can wander around at your leisure, take your time and take a break in one of the many cafes or restaurants. Art’s big in Barcelona and as such, the district is a great place to pick up a piece or two.
One of the most famous cities in the world is naturally one of the best shopping destinations to visit, too. As well as being the USA’s fashion capital, it’s a great place to find pretty much everything else, too. From a lowly New York Yankees souvenir, a specialised vintage gift or a shopping mall bargain to pieces of modern art – it’s all here. Head over to 34th street near Broadway to visit the legendary Macy’s department store, or window shop and dream with a trip along Madison Avenue. Like any major world city, New York is a place where you can find almost anything you want. The difference is, in many cases the streets and shops are tourist attractions and famous destinations in their own right! A transatlantic sailing to the Big Apple is simply a ‘must’.
Time to set sail?
Test out the shopping opportunities for yourself on a sailing to one of these A-list locations! Just give us a call on our freephone number 0800 027 8302 – or take a look at our Deals section to see if anything catches your eye there!