Posted March 6th, 2013, 12:00 PM
Do talk to the Personal Shopper Expert on board. They can be very informative about stores and give a VIP card of who to talk to that can give you the best price in that store. There is an accessible tour that the ship sells to go downtown -- it is an open cart type with a lift on the back.
However -- love Havensight and some good deals there. Know your pricing, bring a jeweler's loop and don't be afraid to deal. Pay only with credit card. V.
Hi V & E -
We go a minimum of once or twice per year and pretty much know several people in many of the stores we frequent in St. Thomas and St. Maarten (and other ports)
. My newest kick is the charm bracelets, so it's not as complicated to purchase (and watches). Though, I can never tell what sparkly things may catch my eye
DH is still only getting used to the scooter/oxygen way of life (it's only been 1 1/2 years) and gets very frustrated when he has to get any "special" treatment (such as the special taxis, etc. Having to get him to use a wheelchair on steep embark ramps is a bear!!). So, to avoid anxiety for him (and me), we stick to close to port in St. Thomas, though we will venture into town in St. Maarten since he can ride easily and I can hike it.
I'm glad we're not at Crown Point since that would be more limiting as there isn't much there and he'd have to go to town. Havensight is at the BWI dock - not Crown Point.
If we wind up tendering in St. Thomas (which happens from time-to-time with the Gem), we purchased a combo rollator/transport chair so I can still get him off the ship and around in Havensight (in case the tenders cannot accept scooters which does happen all too frequently and since he can walk for periods of time but long walks will get to him).
I just like being able to shop a bit (since I never go out at home to shop) so, that's become my "excursions" of late. The deals are nothing like they used to be; but the memories things bring back when I wear them are truly priceless to us.
Happy cruising (and shopping) to all!