Saturday, October 13, 2007

Cruise Ports: Shop 'Til You Drop

Tomorrow is Sunday, a day when many Americans flock to the malls to get in a little shopping. Some of us in southern states remember when that wasn't possible--when "blue laws" dictated that merchants not do business on Sunday.

According to the Cape Breton Post, many stores in Sydney, Nova Scotia adhere to a similar day-of-rest tradition and don't normally open their doors on Sunday. However, the allure of 2,600 passengers and 1,100 crewmembers arriving at 8am tomorrow is just too seductive. Cruise ship passengers have a penchant for shopping and business people in Sydney are willing to forego a day off to satisfy their craving to spend. When Grand Princess docks for a full Sunday in port, cruisers and crew alike will find a hearty welcome in the open downtown shops.

Grand Princess will make another Sydney call on Oct 22nd and Norwegian Dawn, the season's final cruise ship full of leaf peepers (and shoppers), is expected on Oct 24th. It will be business as usual on those dates--both are weekdays.

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