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Duty free alcohol

Discussion in 'Royal Caribbean International' started by infoman, May 23, 2003.

  1. infoman

    infoman Guest

    Presuming shipboard duty free prices are the same across the RCL fleet, can a recent cruiser please tell me the price paid (and size) for a bottle of whisky and a bottle of vodka? Is the take-away surcharge for cabin drinking still $10 on the price of the bottle? Coming from heavily-taxed Britain, it might still be cheaper to buy booze on board and pay the take-away charge.
     
  2. Searcher

    Searcher Guest

    infoman wrote:

    > Presuming shipboard duty free prices are the same across the
    > RCL fleet, can a recent cruiser please tell me the price paid
    > (and size) for a bottle of whisky and a bottle of vodka? Is the
    > take-away surcharge for cabin drinking still $10 on the price
    > of the bottle? Coming from heavily-taxed Britain, it might
    > still be cheaper to buy booze on board and pay the take-away
    > charge.

    Absolute was $8.99 US for a fifth and Rum was 3 fifths for $10 US, on the last night. "Prices decrease as the cruise ends." As for a "take-away" charge. They don't do that anymore. If you buy it on board, you get the booze on the last night. It may be wiser to buy a small quantity off ship and bring it back on board. Most times there is no cart to collect the booze and security is more prone to let you pass with one bottle compared to 4 or more. Wine, they let pass through and there is no corkage fee as long as you drink it in your cabin.

    A little birdy told me that one could take some empty wine bottles off the ship, with corks... ;)
     
  3. infoman

    infoman Guest

    Whoa, just a minute! You cannot now buy a bottle at onboard duty free and pay a tax to drink it in your cabin? That's just an encouragement to smuggle, isn't it?
     
  4. Searcher

    Searcher Guest

    infoman wrote:

    > Whoa, just a minute! You cannot now buy a bottle at onboard
    > duty free and pay a tax to drink it in your cabin? That's just
    > an encouragement to smuggle, isn't it?

    Sure it is an encouragement but most people wont do it.
     
  5. cruzincat

    cruzincat Guest

    Just got back from a Mexican Riviera cruise on the Vision of the Seas. On the first nite out of port from San Diego, the liquor store on board had a special deal, you could buy 2 bottles of anything they had and pay a $9 fee per bottle and take it to your room to drink on board. Maybe it depends on the ship as to whether or not you can do this.

    cruzincat

    Granduer of the Seas 2000
    Millennium 2003
    Vision of the Seas 2003
    Granduer of the Seas 2004
     
  6. infoman

    infoman Guest

    Thanks you - that's a lot more cheering. Let's see what happens on a European cruise...
     
  7. Ali

    Ali Guest

    Last time I sailed on the Adventure in December they were adding $10 to the booze to take it back to your cabin. I have no idea if it's changed since then.
     
  8. Searcher

    Searcher Guest

    Ali wrote:

    > Last time I sailed on the Adventure in December they were
    > adding $10 to the booze to take it back to your cabin. I have
    > no idea if it's changed since then.

    It seems that the Navigator Class ships have different rules than the Legend Class ships. Guess we will find out in a few days what's up on the Enchantment this time around.

    OR

    As a thought, maybe their sales of bottles dropped so much that they reinstated the "take back" fee? I bet they compared bar sales to shop sales and saw that the passengers were not drinking near as much which also dropped their casino revenues?
     
  9. IslandSand

    IslandSand Guest

    I have friends recently back from both the Radiance and Voyager class ships and they say there has been NO change in the duty free liquor surcharge policy. You pay the fee to it take back to your cabin just as before. I also checked the Royal Caribbean website to see if any change has been made to the policy and there is no change noted. Here is a sampling of some of the prices my friends noted (I believe they are all liter bottles):

    2 Absolut for $19.00
    2 Baileys for $29.95
    2 JW Black for $44.95
    2 Bacardi Siliver Rum for $17.95
    3 Dewars for $29.95
    3 J'&B Rare for $29.95
    3 JW Red for $29.95
    1 Cruzan Rum for $7.95
    2 Cruzan of Cruzan Rum for $14.95
    3 Cruzan Rum for $19.95
    4 Cruzan Rum for $24.95
     
  10. infoman

    infoman Guest

    Hey! They aren't bad prices - BUT if you buy three JW Red for 29.95 and want to take them back to your cabin/stateroom (I don't know anymore what is the correct nomenclature), do you pay $10 a bottle for the privilege? Boy oh boy, it is becoming complicated and I never achieved a degree in higher maths...
     
  11. IslandSand

    IslandSand Guest

    The surcharge is per bottle, but I have read elsewhere of some people getting lucky and being charged only once in the two-fer deals. My guess is they put aside bottles you do not pay the surcharge on and box them up for you at the end of the cruise.
     
  12. infoman

    infoman Guest

    If you have the mindset of a commodities trader, this could be fun. I just want to invite three or four friends to have a drink on our already expensive balcony. Surely, at some point, RCL has to get real and introduce a user-friendly drinks policy which is fair all round. Or maybe not!
     
  13. joebat1

    joebat1 Guest

    We just returned from the April 7th sailing of the Splendour 's Panama Canal cruise.
    The charge was $ 9.00 per bottle UNLESS there was a 2 fer deal, and then the one $ 9.00 charge was for the Deal, what-ever the number of bottles from two to four---ONE CHARGE ~~~

    RCI had a deal on Crown 2 {liters}for $32.00 or $16.00 per liter + $9.00 room charge + $ 25.00 . At home it is close to $40.00 with taxes, so still a good deal. Or just pack it in you checked luggage.

    Cozumel was the only port there were "collection tables" set up, and when I went to turn mine in {souvenirs} the RCI employee did NOT have a pen, and told me to go on ~~!!~~ The other four ports there were no collection points, just walk on board !!

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