Ah, the duty-free shop! Admittedly, we can get some good buys on gifts for others or treat ourselves to something special. But is everything really a bargain? What about all those tempting bottles of our favorite liquor we can get at a good price?

Buying liquor in a duty-free shop seems like a great idea. After all, we want to save money whenever we can, right?

While buying expensive liquor in a cruise ship’s duty-free shop may seem like a good idea, it’s not always a bargain. Because without doing our homework, we may actually end up spending more than what we would have spent at home on the very same bottle of booze.

There’s one exception to not buying liquor in duty-free stores that an article we found on Cruise Critic points out. They suggest you only shop for liquor if it’s a:

rare vintage, local liqueur or brand that’s not available where you live.

The article continues:

Most of the alcohol sold in cruise ship shops can be found in a warehouse club like BJs or Costco or your neighborhood liquor store for less.

Even if you do figure out that you could save a few dollars on your favorite brand you can buy back home, do you really want to add all that weight to your luggage and risk it breaking, just to get it back home?

And one more very important point the excellent Cruise Critic article reminds us:

Bear in mind: Cruise ships have strict policies on alcohol you buy during your cruise, and that includes anything from the shops. Any bottles purchased onboard will be held until the last day of your cruise. Don’t think you’ll save on your onboard bar tab by buying a bottle at the boutique.

The bottom line is to do your homework. Just because the sign says “duty-free” doesn’t mean you will really save money.

You can read the full article at:

Cruise Critic.

Main image: Cathy Yeulet

 

Ah, the duty-free shop! Admittedly, we can get some good buys on gifts for others or treat ourselves to something special. But is everything really a bargain? What about all those tempting bottles of our favorite liquor we can get at a good price?

Buying liquor in a duty-free shop seems like a great idea. After all, we want to save money whenever we can, right?

While buying expensive liquor in a cruise ship’s duty-free shop may seem like a good idea, it’s not always a bargain. Because without doing our homework, we may actually end up spending more than what we would have spent at home on the very same bottle of booze.

There’s one exception to not buying liquor in duty-free stores that an article we found on Cruise Critic points out. They suggest you only shop for liquor if it’s a:

rare vintage, local liqueur or brand that’s not available where you live.

The article continues:

Most of the alcohol sold in cruise ship shops can be found in a warehouse club like BJs or Costco or your neighborhood liquor store for less.

Even if you do figure out that you could save a few dollars on your favorite brand you can buy back home, do you really want to add all that weight to your luggage and risk it breaking, just to get it back home?

And one more very important point the excellent Cruise Critic article reminds us:

Bear in mind: Cruise ships have strict policies on alcohol you buy during your cruise, and that includes anything from the shops. Any bottles purchased onboard will be held until the last day of your cruise. Don’t think you’ll save on your onboard bar tab by buying a bottle at the boutique.

The bottom line is to do your homework. Just because the sign says “duty-free” doesn’t mean you will really save money.

You can read the full article at:

Cruise Critic.

Main image: Cathy Yeulet