Most popular items for purchase onboard cruise ships

Due to the heavily discounted prices, these items have become some of the most popular items for purchase in onboard duty free shops.


There’s a wide variety of alcohol available onboard cruise ships. You can find amazing duty free deals on anything from premium vodkas such as Grey Goose to creamy liquors like Amarula. If you do purchase duty free alcohol onboard please note that you will not be able to take the alcohol back to your cabin, it will be stored in the hold until your day of departure when it will be brought to your cabin for you to pack with the rest of your luggage. Also keep in mind that if you are flying home, you must pack your bottles away in your checked luggage, not your hand luggage.


The price of cigarettes varies depending where you travel to. However, as a guideline, cruise ship duty free shops will sell 10 pack bundles from as little as £14.


For those who can’t resist a bit of sparkle, you’ll be glad to know that cruises are often stocked with a decadent display of fine jewellery and costume jewellery plus designer watches, handbags and sunglasses too. If you are looking for something in particular, it’s worth researching prices before you travel so you’ll have a better idea of whether you’re getting a great deal onboard.

Apple products

This is something that is exclusive to Celebrity Cruises and as the first authorised Apple Reseller at Sea, on most of the ships you can find iPads, iPods, MacBook Pros and more. Bear in mind that quantities are going to be limited, so if you have your heart set on something, make sure you get it earlier on in your cruise to avoid disappointment. It’s also worth noting that whilst the prices may be slightly cheaper, the chargers for these devices are likely to have an American plug – so you’d need an adapter to charge them from your mains socket at home.


Perfume is one of the most popular products to buy when it comes to duty free purchases. With amazing offers to be found across a whole host of top designer brands from Armani to Calvin Klein, you can stock up on your signature scent for less.

Makeup and Skincare

Makeup and skincare has become a popular choice for duty free shoppers. With fantastic discounts across a wide choice of popular brands such as Clinique, Lancôme and Estée Lauder it’s easy to see why. If your makeup collection needs a little revival or you need to invest in a new skincare regime, make the most of the great savings available in the duty free shop on your cruise ship.