Being from Canada, our dollar is only worth half of the US. Buying a drink for $6.50, actually costs us approx. $10.00. Too steep for me. Going through the border we stopped at the duty free shop and bought a bottle each for taking home, however it was in our luggage when we boarded the ship and it was confiscated, and returned the last night of our cruise. I did however pack mini bottles in a toilet bag, and had a drink in my cabin each evening, which helped cut down the final bill.