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SOUVENIR SHOPPING

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Jeana

Guest
#1
WHAT IS THE BEST PORT IN ALASKA FOR SOUVENIR SHOPPING AND WHAT ARE SOME GOOD INEXPENSIVE SOUVENIRS TO BRING HOME?
 
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BSeabob

Guest
#2
Juneau, Sitka, Ketchican... mostly the same prices. Sitka had more Russian stuff. Juneau the most shops..or did before the fire. Grab a nice piece of jade...(mostly from BC though)
 
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cruisegary

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#3
All about the same. The vast majority of items are available in every port. Same old stuff. And for whatever reason, there are jewelry stores EVERYWHERE.


By the way, please avoid use of all caps.
 
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Jeana

Guest
#6
Another question: Anyone know where you can buy the "nesting dolls". We aren't going to Sitka, so it would have to be one of the other ports.
 
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Dandylyon

Guest
#7
Juneau has a couple of nice stores that sell Russian goods, in particular nesting dolls and lacquered boxes. They had some very nice samples.

However, do you shop eBay? There are hundreds of matryoshka dolls available there, in all different quality ranges at very reasonable prices. Of course, you do need to be careful of the vendor, and look closely at the photos.

Over the years I have purchased everything from cheapie ones to extremely nice "art" pieces.
 
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jam35

Guest
#9
The unknown reason for all the jewelry stores in ports is actually simple: the cruise lines own the majority of them! I knew there was something suspicious when every line we've sailed really pushed the port jewelry stores--they make it sound like they are doing us a favor by pointing us in the right direction. If you don't believe me just spend some time talking to a true local---we did.
 
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Kay C

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#10
The souvenir shops that are close to the docks in Juneau are owned by the cruise lines. A local informed me of this on our last trip to Alaska. When you go further into town, the shops there are owned by local residents. This is probably true in Ketechikan and Skagway.