Do you buy Wine or spirits in port ?

Who else buys wine or spirits when in foreign ports? I just thought of this as I opened a bottle of Port from a vineyard in Mexico for NYE.

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The only time I would think of buying a bottle of spirits or wine in a port is if it was a special make to take home. I would not see too much point in buying any old bottle when you are not allowed to take it back on board. (At least not to drink it then). I am aware of the $15 charge for a bottle of wine.

Sometimes I do, particularly if I intend to give someone a bottle as a gift or a deal on a quantity of something you love that's hard to get is so good you'd be an idiot to pass it up. It's often a kind of cultural fun to buy something uniquely crafted in a country that produces the raw materials and turns them into Appleton Estate rum, or Nassau Royale, or Curacao or whatever.

Sure do. That is, I do so if we get the opportunity. We have been on cruises where we didn't port anywhere that had a liquor store around, for weeks and weeks. If and when we do find a decent liquor store or duty free shop, or visit a quality vineyard, I buy a bottle or two to drink on board. A few months ago, near Toronto I bought a merlot from the vineyards of the famous hockey player, Wayne Gretzky, I was going to drink it on board but our hockey nut son emailed me and asked us to save it for home, which we did and all of us enjoyed it on Turkey Day.

On Princess they charge me $15.00 per bottle and on HAL $18.00 to do that. Quite often we run into situations where I pay $10.00 to $20.00 for wine on shore when the equivalent delivered to our cabin runs about $75.00. On the longer voyages, of four to six weeks or so, more often than not they just wave us on by, no charge. That is particularly true on the days we visit a vineyard as part of a ship sponsored shore excursion, we only use cruise line shore excursions.

It appears to me they focus more on the cruises of short duration, booze cruises, for prevention of booze smuggling and revenue producing "surcharges".

Only if the product cannot be purchased in Canada will I purchase in port. In the event that there is something special I have kept the contact information of the place and have reached out after the cruise.

The port that I get in Mexico is not available in California but is of a good enough quality that it is exported to France. California has laws of wine import since we have such a strong local wine industry.

I'm afraid that I feel as you do. It would bother me to pay the $18 on HAl. I certainly would if I didn't incur that charge. We bought wine on our river cruises. There was no surcharge there as wine and beer were included in the cruise.

Last fall I bought a bottle in the port of Venice because I had just had a wine tour in the city.
However it was too expensive and foreign wine tastes way better if you drink it when you're on vacation, don't you think? Happy Have you ever done a wine and food tour?

I have done some wine tasting excursions, that is how I found a Port that I like that is not imported to CA :-( I agree a good wine taste better on a ship. One of my best memories on a ship was a sea day sitting in the Champagne facing the floor to ceiling windows with a good bottle of red wine and the ship sent over some chocolate covered strawberry's on the house.

Only if it is something I can't get at home.

Yeah, what a great moment! Where did you do your wine tasting excursions?


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