Retail therapy has reached new heights on today’s cruise ships with high-street stores and famous brands lining the on-board shopping arcades. We look at where to buy designer labels on the high seas

MOSS BROS HIRE

Cunard was the first line to offer suit-hire facilities at sea, and Queen Elizabeth continues this valuable service with Moss Bros Hire on board. Save space in your suitcase and just hire a two-piece dinner suit (from £38 to £55) or an elegant evening wear package (from £53 to £70), which includes a dinner suit plus shirt, bow tie, matching cummerbund and handkerchief from designer labels such as Hilton, Ben Sherman and Ted Baker. To add a waistcoat it’s an extra £5. Evening tails are available too. cunard.co.uk; mossbros.co.uk

CHOPARD

“The on-board shopping experience is important to our guests and we have an unrivalled reputation for providing the finest shopping at sea,” says Cunard’s Peter Shanks. It doesn’t come much finer than Chopard, which for 150 years has been crafting watches and jewellery of exceptional quality, and created the limited edition Chopard Queen Elizabeth watch to celebrate the launch of Queen Elizabeth. The Happy Spirit Pendant (£2,000) pictured here is in white gold. cunard.co.uk; chopard.com

PENHALIGON’S

Penhaligon’s is the latest luxury addition to the Royal Arcade on Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth. Its fine fragrances, made in England and presented in clear glass bottles with ribbon-wrapped necks are sought after by royalty and celebrities alike. Artemisia (£87 for 100ml Eau de Parfum) is both floral and fruity with honeyed vanilla, warm spices, and a touch of amber and musk. cunard.co. uk; penhaligons.com

APPLE

Being hundreds of miles out at sea doesn’t mean you can’t buy designer brands, especially on board Celebrity Eclipse, Silhouette, Solstice and Summit, which all have a Celebrity iLounge, the first authorised Apple reseller at sea. Not only is this a state-of-the-art internet lounge and a chance to learn more about Apple’s iPhones, iPads and iPods – you can buy them too. This 160GB silver iPod Classic (£197) will keep you more than entertained with 40,000 songs and 200 hours of video. celebritycruises.co.uk; apple.com/uk

FOSSIL

Princess Cruises Boutiques are bursting with brands like Swarovski, Calvin Klein, Lancôme, Clinique and Estée Lauder. However, it’s the latest collection of handbags from Fossil that has got fashion lovers in a spin. Crossbody, Utility, Hobo and Satchel-style bags in a range of candy colours will ensure you look stylish on shore excursions. This Vintage Re-Issue II Messenger Bag (£88), sewn out of sturdy cotton twill, is a classic. princess.com; fossil.co.uk

ELEMIS

NCL’s Norwegian Epic, with the largest spa at sea, works with leading luxury British spa and skincare brand Elemis. Sample their sublime treatments in the Mandara Spa and take home some of their products, like the ever-popular and award-winning Pro-Collagen Marine Cream (£76.60 for 50ml). ncl.co.uk; elemis.com; timetospa.co.uk

FORTNUM & MASON

This quintessentially British store – at the heart of Piccadilly since 1717 – and Cunard, dating back to 1840, make the perfect pairing for those who adore to buy designer brands. Located in the Royal Arcade on Queen Elizabeth, this treasure trove includes delicate Rose Biscuits (£8.25) studded with almonds and scattered with French crystallized rose petals. cunard.co.uk; fortnumandmason.com

TOMMY HILFIGER

Duty-free goods form the hub of MSC Cruises’ shopping areas. Look out for Tommy Hilfiger’s new men’s Loud fragrance (£27 for 40ml), inspired by rock ‘n’ roll. It has patchouli at the heart, a hint of rose and a subtle tobacco at the base, and comes in a transparent black bottle resembling a vinyl record. msccruises. co.uk; uk.tommy.com

DISNEY

As you would expect from Disney’s fun-packed ships, there are plenty of items in the on-board shops for the younger audience – from Mickey Mouse ears to bags, photo frames, water flasks and watches. But adults are by no means left out. These navy Original Flippy Floppies ($6.50) are ideal for dipping in and out of the pool with the kids. disneycruise.disney.go.com

ROTARY

An extensive refit of Fred.Olsen’s Boudicca earlier this year saw watch superbrand Rotary take centre stage in the new Fine Jewellery shop. This may be the oldest family-owned and run Swiss watchmaker – dating back to 1895 – but designs like this Ladies White Case Watch (£159), with a crystal-set bezel and pink mother-of-pearl dial, are bang up to date. fredolsencruises. com; rotarywatches.com

BEACH CANDY

Not yet available on board, but a brand we’d recommend getting your hands on if you can before your next cruise, is Beach Candy. If you’re planning to spend any time lounging elegantly by the pool in the sunshine then these diaphanous dresses and summery accessories will be essential. You can buy pieces of this up and coming designer brand at beach-candy.com

This silk-chiffon halter-neck maxi dress , with its understated peacock pattern and delicate sprinkling of sequins, would lend serious style to the upper decks. Cut in a free-flowing style, it’s remarkably flattering, and very easy to wear. £182

The T-chic, another light-as-air piece of silk chiffon (right), takes a casual style and turns it into something sophisticated that you can dress down with jeans, dress up with a skirt, or just throw on over a bikini by the pool. I particularly liked the subtle detailing on the sleeves, the gentle gradations of colour within the mermaid pattern, and the waistband that could double as a headband too. £135

Any excursion, be it just from a cabin to a sunny deck entails, for me at least, a bagful of odds and ends – and if I’m on holiday, then the brighter and cheerier the bag, the better. This Beach Candy Stripe bag does just the trick: it holds a lot, is wonderfully stripy, and since it’s made from recycled plastic bags you can even feel virtuous buying it. £38

Finally, and perhaps my favourite, this multicoloured silk chiffon sarong is edged with a string of little silver beads, and can be worn as a scarf or a sarong as the mood takes you. Worth mentioning, also, is that these beautiful fabrics are handmade by artisan craftsmen in India, who are paid a fair wage, and encouraged to teach their skills to the next generation. It’s a ‘trade not aid’ ethos that seems a good thing to support – particularly since there’s a gorgeous sarong in it for you, too. £114