Nothing jogs your nostalgia like a token from a favourite holiday. The right souvenir can take you back to that place in time where timetables and deadlines were the last things on your mind. And who wouldn't want a reminder of that? For every shopaholic who can justify a purchase based on "nostalgic reasons," it's likely you'll find a shore excursion to match. Here's a roundup of some of the best shore excursions to flex your shopping muscle on your Norwegian cruise holiday.
Location: Barcelona, Spain on a European Cruises
Explore Mazatlan on foot with a guide that will take you through monuments, museums, and historic sites before ending at the Golden Zone for shopping. You'll find various shops and restaurants in this area, all within walking distance.
Location: Mazatlan, Mexico on a Mexican Riviera Cruise
This tour of Florence begins with a stop at a leather factory where you'll have the chance to shop the works of local artisans. Then, explore St. Croce Square and Signoria Square, just a few minutes away from each other, for plenty of shops and cafes at your leisure.
Location: Florence, Italy on a European Cruises
Known for its ceramics, glass, leather, and olive wood work, scenic Orvieto and the Piazza del Duomo offer a beautiful setting for shopping regional items and specialities. Local goods also include olive oil and wine, so you might want to pick up a bottle or two.
Location: Rome, Italy on a European Cruises
Begin this tour by viewing historic sites, such as St. Isaac's Cathedral, the Neva River, the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. Afterwards, you'll enjoy free time for shopping, where you may want to pick up reproductions of Faberge eggs, painted wooden boxes, or porcelain keepsakes.
Location: St. Petersburg, Russia on a European Cruises
Exotic Morocco is the ideal place to shop for ornate decor and traditional crafts. This tour will offer an opportunity to bring home regional art, embroidery, and carved wooden objects from the School of Traditional Arts and Crafts as well as some free time to shop the area after a traditional Moroccan lunch.
Location: Tangier, Morocco on a European Cruises
After sailing to Alcatraz, the historically notorious prison, you'll journey across the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito, where charming speciality shops and galleries await. Stroll, browse and shop at your leisure for culturally rich objects.
Location: San Francisco, California on a South America Cruise
Explore Croatia's breathtaking landscapes on a tour of scenic Dalmatia with stops at charming towns and local villages. A guide will lead you through narrow streets to modern shops nestled in age-old architecture.
Location: Zadar, Croatia on a European Cruises
A walking tour through historic Lisbon is a perfect balance of sightseeing opportunities and shopping through elegant boutiques. Gear up for more shopping and sightseeing with a stop at a local cafe in charming Chiada.
Location: Lisbon, Portugal on a European Cruises
This tour covers Brisbane's highlights and natural attractions, to include the Rainforest Skywalk, before stopping for lunch at an authentic Aussie pub a short distance away from Gallery Walk at Eagle Heights. This artistic centre has craft shops and galleries where picking up a special gift or souvenir is easy.
Location: Brisbane, Australia on a Australia & New Zealand Cruises
Part of Key West's charm and appeal is the laid back island vibe peppered with colourful shops and restaurants. The Key West Trolley tour offers an opportunity to explore the historic area and end at Mallory Square, an eclectic spot with colourful shops and attractions.
Location: Key West, Florida on a Caribbean Cruise
This island tour will take you straight through Bay Street, the heart of Nassau's shopping district, for plenty of opportunities to buy treats for yourself and family back home. Round it off with stops at landmarks such as The Queen's Staircase, Fort Fincastle, and Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island.
Location: Nassau, Bahamas on a Bahamas Cruise