That moment when cruise ships seem more like shopping malls. Carnival adds more on-board stores

Carnival is beefing up retail stores. (Carnival Cruise Line)

If shopping is one of your favorite pastimes, Carnival Cruise Line has something new in store for you.

The line says Horizon has "dramatically expanded retail offerings, now containing the widest variety of choices at sea."

Carnival Horizon, now sailing in Europe, has a two-story mall on Decks 4 and 5. Among the brands passengers will find aboard are Victoria’s Secret, jeweler Le Vian, Michael Kors, Kate Spade, Breitling and Hublot.

Other shops include a beauty and fragrance bar, a sweets shop and a liquor and tobacco store with an extensive spirits display.

In addition to Horizon’s large retail area, Carnival has spent the last year revamping the shopping outlets on nearly half its fleet. Additional ships are set for makeovers during upcoming refurbishments.

Carnival Horizon departed April 2 from Barcelona on the first of four voyages from that port. The ship repositions to New York in May to launch a summer schedule of four-day Bermuda and eight-day Caribbean departures.

It will then shift to Miami for year-round six- and eight-day Caribbean cruises beginning in September.

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