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Is it a cruise line or jewelry store?

March 08, 2009

My wife and I just enjoyed a seven-day cruise to the Mexican Riviera on the Sapphire Princess, with an unfortunate exception: The cruise line made an overwhelming effort to sell diamonds and jewelry.

Brochures and newsletters handed out daily were filled with information regarding onshore jewelry and diamond stores. Visitors were warned to avoid stores not recommended. Presentations by a "shopping specialist" were supposed to highlight local shopping, but only pitches for diamonds and jewelry were made. The atrium was occupied by those hawking diamonds and jewelry on tables.

One wonders where the cruise line's priority lies.

Mia and Ted Wu

Los Angeles

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