The European continent is considered a paradise for all shoppers who seek the distinctive items provided by every country-from jewelry in France to art in Italy or rugs in Turkey. When sailing to the European continent, you will for sure desire to take back a few “memories,” but it is essential to take into account the size of the item, its cost of shipping back to the U.S. and which method is best of buying it.
A lot of vessels will change small amounts of currency for passengers in every country on the route, and some vessels that travel in the European continent will have ATMs which will dispense Euros that will be good to use in most, but not all, European countries. Cash may be pretty useful in small towns where vendors might only want to accept cash or might provide discounts to clients who pay in cash. You may get local currency at the best possible exchange rate by simply using your ATM card to withdraw cash at a machine which will service your type of card, according to a few experts such as veteran travel columnist John Stevens.
However, before you will use an ATM, it is essential to know exactly how much the bank will charge for transactions in foreign nations, and whether the bank you are trying to access will change you, too. If you do not wish to arrive in a foreign nation having no currency for a drink or a meal, you may buy a small amount of Euros from your local bank before you go on your cruise or your local AAA office if you may be a member. Buy only what you know you will need, as charges for this may be pretty high.
When buying a specific item using your credit cards, which are accepted pretty widely throughout the entire Europe, you will most certainly have recourse if the item is not authentic. It is much easier to get in touch with your local bank and ask for a refund than it`s to find that particular street vendor from whom you bought the item. But keep in mind that your local bank may charge fees for any foreign purchases, exactly as it does when it comes to ATM withdrawals for other countries. You will have to known your 4-digit PIN and should get in touch with your bank well in advance to let it know you will want to use your card for foreign purchases. This way you will manage to avoid having your card frozen because of fear of possible theft or fraud.
Shopping on the Cruise Ship
All cruise vessels have various gift boutiques or shops, and a lot of them will carry distinctive items from other foreign nations on the route. You will be able to check out what they have to offer or you can compare their prices with what you find in ports. Remember that you will not have too much time to spend in port to check all the prices. The most important thing about buying shipboard items, which may only be done through your on board cards, will be that you will have recourse with the cruise company if your items are faulty. The disadvantage is that prices on the vessels are pretty frequently higher.