Duty Free or not Duty Free, that is the question?

I'm going on 2 'cruises to nowhere', though RCI call them 'sampler cruises'.


One is on 'Explorer of the Seas' and the 2nd aboard 'Ovation of the Seas'.  Both depart Sydney, Australia and have a 3-night duration.


Does anyone know if on such cruises the casino and retail shops open?  If the shops are open, do they still sell duty free or do they sell retail?

Tags: Cruise to Nowhere Duty Free Cruise Sampler

3 Answers

I cannot say for sure, but on a three day cruise I would assume that the cruise hits international waters and therefore the casino should open.

As far as the duty free shop, at least in the US, the article sold duty-free must make a stop in a foreign land. I do not believe that simply going into international waters would fulfill this requirement. OTOH, Australian law is different than US law, and I may be mistaken to begin withHappy

Hope you have a great cruise (or 2)Big Smile

The shops should open once the ship leaves the port and gets into international waters. You will have to check into the business about the Duty Free shops. Rules are different in different countries.

As others have said, the casino should be open. For cruises from the US, the shops would open but the prices would include tax and duty charges if the ship did not visit a foreign port. Not sure what’ll happen in Australia.


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