Yes, they are cheaper. You can buy as many as you want but, you cannot bring whatever you want through customs without paying the duty. I believe it is two cartons per person duty free. That is where the savings are.
I believe cigarettes are around $2 per pack, and you can buy a carton or two. You'll find them in the duty free shop.
Princess is the only cruise line which doesn't sell cigaretts in the duty free. You can also buy them ashore for a comparable price and bring them aboard.
I thought I had replied and perhaps the monitors did not post, thinking my response might infringe copyright laws. Publications by the U.S. Government are not subject to copyright. The following is from the Custom Regulations in " Know Before You Go"Cigars and Cigarettes":Up to l00 cigars and 200 cigarettes(one carton) may be included in your $400 exemption. Tobacco products of Cuban origin are generally prohibited. This exemption is available to each person. Cigarettes, however, may be subject to a tax imposed by state or local government.
It is recommended that you obtain from the Custom Service a free copy of "Know Before You Go." From the department of the treasury, U.S. Custom Service, Washington, D.C.20229. The publication is also available from many District Offices of the Treasury/Custom in the larger cities throughout the U.S.
You should click on travel information if this does not bring up Know Before You Go. You probably may not want to download and print out since is comes out as 22 pages. You can always set up as a Fovorite Place.
The info on the WEB seems to be more interesting than my latest copy of the pamphlet which is easier to schlep around. You also might weant to read the regulations about bringing in medication from o/s the U.S.
Unfortunately, the latest info does not cover duty fees on such as liquor, which is covered in about a five or six year old pamplet and is very interesting.The duty fees on a bottle of liquor is very low compared to the FederalExcise Tax or State Liquor taxes. Enough said-
I was in St Thomas over new years & the cartons are still 15.95. If you purchase the there you can bring back 5 carton per person. St Marteen on the other hand is around 11.00 per carton. Thats where I bought mine but told customs I purchased the in St Thomas.