The Best Shore Excursions for Shopaholics
Nothing jogs your nostalgia like a token from a favorite vacation. The right souvenir can take you back to that place in time where schedules 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 vacation.
1. BARCELONA'S BESTTake in some of Barcelona's historic landmarks and appreciate the beautiful architecture before having a chance to view contemporary art and shop for souvenirs in both the Spanish Village and Gothic Quarter.
Location: Barcelona, Spain on a European Cruises
2. OLD MAZATLAN WALKING TOUR
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
3. EASY FLORENCE
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
4. STRIKING HILLTOP CITY OF ORVIETO
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 specialties. 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
5. EXPLORE THE HEART OF LISBON
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
6. MT. TAMBORINE, WINERY & CRAFTS
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 center has craft shops and galleries where picking up a special gift or souvenir is easy.
Location: Brisbane, Australia on a Australia & New Zealand Cruises
7. KEY WEST OLD TOWN TROLLEY
Part of Key West's charm and appeal is the laid back island vibe peppered with colorful 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 colorful shops and attractions.
Location: Key West, Florida on a Caribbean Cruise
8. PARADISE ISLAND & SIGHTSEEING IN NASSAU
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