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It's disappointing to see that the story contained a paragraph about the purchasing of illegal goods, i.e. knock-off handbags, as shoppers SunshneNC touted how much she liked her illegal bags and shopper Bullock12 told people where the best prices were.Hi Jane I agree with everything you say but the article is wrong. The official customs policy is to allow one knock off of a type in. One hand bag one pair of shoes etc not one pair of Gucci's one Faragamo etc....
While it's true that there was an editor's note of warning at the end of the paragraph that US Customs will confiscate them if found; the shopping tips still appear to be an endorsement by Cruise Critic on the purchase of illegally trademarked merchandise made by sweatshops who "employ" and abuse workers who are often children.
Wow, thanks for the heads up. I will be cruising in Oct and will be going to St Thomas and St Maartan. Been there before but cruising with a group of friends so it will be fun. As a Florida resident, I do not have to worry about flights in and out so I zero in on the liquor prices. I did get a fantastic deal on Kalua in Cozumel last year and very decent prices on board on NCL. This year we are doing Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas and I cannot wait! I will definitely do my homework before going so I'm not scammed. I do not shop for jewlery - afraid to, and I do like to shop for native stuff.
Anyone want to share their experiences on Royal Caribbean? Loved to hear from you. Happy Cruising!