The shops wrapped around the lobby atrium on decks 5, 6 and 7, but we didn’t find much that was unique.
There are five main shops clustered around the Lobby Atrium, on decks 5, 6 and 7 at mid-ship.
The ship’s informal shop is Calypso Cove, with liquor at duty-free prices (purchases delivered to cabins on the final afternoon of the cruise), binoculars, snorkel gear, Princess-branded merchandize, sunglasses, T-shirts and informal clothing, handbags, and basic drug store sundries including sun block and pain and cold remedies.
Meridian Bay carried costume and other jewelry items from Camrose & Kross (the Jacqueline Kennedy Collection), Guess and Majorica, while the shop Facets was dedicated to higher-end jewelry from Oriana, Asher and Tara. There were also Swarovski crystals and watches from Citizen, Philip Stein, Fossil, Tag Heuer, Tissot, Swatch and Guess.
At Essence we found the fragrance and beauty products, including Chanel, Calvin Klein, Chloé, Bvlgari, and Davidoff, and skin care by Lancôme, Clinique, Clarins, Prevage and StriVectin.
Next to Vines Bar was the Vines Shop, which carried Gylian, Godiva, Toblerone, Cadbury and Valor chocolates, along with oddball novelties and stationery products.
This was the gallery where photos of passengers were displayed for purchase. On Star Princess, we found the photo crew was omnipresent, snapping away at guests at many points of the cruise. On one particularly scenic morning, the photographers were assertive to the point of being obnoxious in repeatedly asking guests to pose for photos.
Photos were on display in this gallery, with 8×10 snaps sold at $19.99; portraits (posed in front of backdrops on formal night) were $24.99—no discount on multiple copies.
In addition to selling photos, picture frames and albums, binoculars and cameras (Fuji, Nikon), and common batteries and memory cards were available.
On Deck 5 was the ship’s art gallery, with art auctions held in the Explorer’s Lounge.