Hi, just wondering the protocal for buying duty free liquior on the ship now. We leave out of Miami, do I have to check it in my luggage? Will they give it to me on board or the morning of or what?????
Thanks for any information!!
What about when you buy at the ports??
All liquor purchases are held until the last night on the ship. It will be delivered to your cabin.
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any liquor that you buy on board or on the islands will be delivered to your cabin on the last night of the cruise. You MUST pack your liquor in your checked baggage as you are not allowed to carry it on the airplane
This past cruise was a bit odd since Im use to bringing back more. But they say you can only bring one liter of booze per person, otherwise there is a tax involved. But there are obviously ways around that. And no you can not bring it on a plane.
We were on the spirit last April and brought a lot of cigarettes and booze on the second day at sea (cigarettes we were allowed to take with us but the alcohol was delivered to our state room the last night of the cruise) the next day we found out about the restrictions so we were a little nervous when we got home. But customs didn't check our bags. They didn't even look at our passports to see that we were who we were supposed to be which was a little unsettling with all the post 9/11 crap going on. They just took our customs declaration forms of which they didn't look at those either. So we had to pay no extra tax and we brought our fair share of stuff on board and on land. But knowing our luck we'll get zapped on the next cruise. I think the tax is 10% of the purchase price but I'm not sure.
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Read this link above to find out what you can and can't bring on board without paying duty.
Owing duty is based on honor. Most cruises announce to go to this or that place at 7 a.m. before disembarking to meet with and pay the duty you owe. If you do have a high value item and knowingly skip out and get caught, you will be opening yourself up for big penalties and years and years of getting inspected every time you travel internationally. Many of the carribean cruises go to countries that do not charge duty. so be honest. Chances are if the duty/IRS tax is so little that its more work to collect it than waive, you'll end up getting it waived.
Joe, post 9/11 crap you mentioned. CBP would impede the flow of travelers if they shook down 3000+ passengers. There are many behind the scenes checking of travelers before you disembark that you may be unaware of. Rest easy they are protecting our homeland.