Hello I just got back from Cruise #4 for the year and maybe I missed this post but I will add it now. As of about a month ago whenever you are still in a port in Florida you will be charged 7% TAX on anything you but IE Drinks before you sail. We were in Miami getting reay to set sail when we noticed this Does anyone else have any info if they are doing this on all Cruise lines Drop some info JD
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No, just FL ports. It sounds like the Sate of Florida wants some additional tax $$$.
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They are required to charge you sales tax when in any US port. They can also enforce the no smoking in the work place law here in florida while in port ( covers up to 3 miles on atlantic side and 9 miles on gulf side ). They dont enforce it for some strange reason. I go on casino boats that are not US flagged and they have to go by that rule. Those boats also charge sales tax while in US waters.
I know sound kinda wierd to me. Either charge us all the time or dont charge us at all.
Frankly, if I'm on a cruise, and can't afford to pay an additional 35 cents for the $5 foo-foo drink I'm enjoying on deck before sailing, I shouldn't be on the ship anyway. (of course, if I was on shore, I'd still be paying the 7% tax) If you're in a U.S. port, you can bet they'll get all the taxes they can from you.
You could just wait until you sail to get that pina-colada and avoid the tax!
cruised on the glory nov.11-18,2006 out of pt.canaveral and yes we were charged sales tax while still at the pier. must be something new this year
as we have never been charged any tax before and this was our 20th cruise.