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Old May 26th, 2012, 11:36 PM
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Originally Posted by Kamloops Cruiser View Post
Ships are duty free and tax free . That means that no duty is paid or taxes.
Example : If you buy something in Florida you will pay taxes that include state , federal and city. On board after they are at least 10 miles offshore
none of the above taxes will be collected . That's why ships stores don't open when in port so they don't have charge any tax including local taxes or duty. That doesn't mean that the ship shore won't increase the price anyway after all they do have to make a profit and pay their expenses.
It's interesting to note also, that while the ship is docked in port and you make a purchase at the bar, you will see sales tax added. At least I have in the past. Don't know if this is still going on.

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Disney Dream - Dec 2013 4n Bahamas
Disney Dream - Dec 2012 4n Bahamas
Carnival Imagination - Dec 2011 4n Western
Carnival Imagination - Nov 2010 4n Western
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