Seabourn’s Worldwide Cruise: Where to Shop While Sailing / By Tony Bar / Barselona /
TRAVEL EXCLUSIVE NEWS / New York
As if Seabourn’s worldwide cruise wasn’t enough of a treat, this 146-day journey takes you to some of the world’s best shopping destinations.
With ship-to-door luggage shipping included in your fare, there’s no reason not to shop to your heart’s content during your voyage.
Here are the best places to shop during a dream vacation on Seabourn’s worldwide cruise.
Hong Kong is a hub of international trade so it’s no wonder this bustling city is a shopper’s dream. In addition to designer labels, Hong Kong is an excellent place to stock up on silk products and Chinese artwork at affordable prices.
Kowloon holds many markets that can’t be missed. Find them at the Yau Ma Tei and Mong Kok areas at the end of Nathan Road. Harbour City is also a can’t-miss shopping destination with over 700 stores to explore. If new jewelry is on your list, Jade market at Yau Ma Tei is a stop you’ll want to add to your list.
Finally, The Landmark features exclusive top labels that are hard to find in Asia over its grand five-floor complex.
Singapore may be known for its excellent street food but shopping in this island nation is practically a national pastime. It packs more malls per square mile than any other country in the world. So, when Seabourn’s worldwide cruise stops here, you will want to be sure to take in some retail therapy.
The undisputed shopping hub of Singapore is Orchard Road. This 2.2 kilometer stretch of road houses everything you could hope to find in a walkable distance. For high-end shopping, explore the ION Orchard and Paragon shopping complexes.
If bargains are what you are looking for, the Lucky Plaza and Far East Asia shopping complexes are sure to fit the bill. In the evening, head to the Chinatown Street Market at Pagoda, Trengganu and Sago streets to find traditional Chinese art, candles, and clothing, not to mention the authentic street food.
When Seabourn’s worldwide cruise docks, start your visit to Australia’s capital with a trip to the Intersection Paddington at the corner of Glenmore Road and Oxford Street.
This high-end retail area hosts some of Australia’s top designers such as Zimmermann and Bassike. It’s also home to local favorites Manning Cartell, Alice McCall, Viktoria + Woods, Dion Lee, and Scanlan Theodore. It’s not unusual to have a celebrity sighting in this fashionable area.
Crown Street in Surry Hills is another shopping destination worth checking out while you’re on Seabourn’s worldwide cruise. This area is home to a variety of hip vintage shops and unexpected quirky stores you won’t want to miss.
Finally, head to Castlereagh Street to peruse some of the world’s top jewelers from Cartier to Tiffany’s.
Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon, is the largest city in Vietnam and home to some extraordinary shopping opportunities. Modern shopping malls surround the tourist areas near the Notre Dame Cathedral, Ben Thanh Market, and Saigon Central Post Office, making shopping while exploring the sights convenient and easy.
Head to District 1 to meander the streets and shop Ho Chi Minh City’s fashion boutiques. In the evening, head to Ben Thanh night market where you can pick up bargains such as lacquerware, bamboo goods, and arts and crafts.
The markets here are all about bargaining so bring cash and start with a half price offer then work your way up, it’s half the fun! Additionally, Seabourn’s worldwide cruise offers guided shopping trips in Ho Chi Minh City with an expert Seabourn chef as your guide.