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I would suggest pricing a couple things at home that you might be interested in and writing that down.  There are some good deals on cruise ship liquor stores, but sometimes you will find the prices aren't that much different.  Plus if it is only a couple dollars difference is it worth hauling home?  But they might also have a brand you can't get as easily at home, so then value isn't just a dollar for dollar comparison.

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We've found the prices recently on the islands to be a bit better than the ones on the ship, but the ship selections (on Harmony, anyway) were less in number than when we sailed Quantum on 2015.  Either the size of the store is smaller so they carry less, or they are just carrying less since they are selling less/more people buying onshore?  Not sure.  My husband googled the prices at our local liquor store while shopping on the ship and in Cozumel and Jamaica and we only ended up buying something we could get at home from Jamaica.  (Rest of our dollars went to local products.) 

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The super premium stuff is definitely cheaper,  I think the issue is getting it home.  Last time I cruised a buddy of mine that was with me really wanted to buy Johnnie Walker Blue Label, they had a two bottle deal, something like $250 for 2 bottles and they are normally like $170 each at home.  He was concerned about them breaking in his suitcase, so he didn't buy any.  I told him to wrap them really good in clothes, but he didn't want to take the chance.  If we didn't have to fly he would have bought them for sure.    

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I looked specifically at Patron, and it was cheaper for sure when they were running a buy 2 deal of some kind.  I couldn't bring it on the plane, so I had to pass.

On Serenade I stopped by towards the end of the night, and the crew member was super helpful, and giving me samples of whatever I wanted (he was totally bored out of his mind).  I felt really bad that I couldn't buy anything due to the flight home.

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Not sure that I understand the reluctance to fly home with several bottles.  We just returned from Oasis last week and packed 3 x 1 liter bottles of bourbon in our checked luggage.  They were purchased at a bourbon tasting that was held mid-week.  The bottles were delivered to our stateroom the night before departure and were packed in a sturdy box.  We just surrounded the box with clothing in the suitcase to provide some cushioning.  They arrived home safe and intact; and so am I as I'm enjoying a Manhattan right now...  :15_yum:

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From my experience the price on the ship most of the times are very good, mainly if you are taking the two/three bottles offers.

Rum, Grey Gauss (which I use as a price indicator any many duty free shops) are for sure better than the airports duty frees.

Regarding packing and sending in the check suitcase , I did it many times (every flight almost that I am taking I will always return a wine or a liqueur based where I am flying from). beside one incident due to bad bottle it all went ok. It is always good idea to bring with you a duck tape or something like that to secure the cork/plug.

 

 

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23 hours ago, Goofyfanatic said:

Does anyone know if in fact the Johnnie Walker sale is still on going? It was last year when we went to Canada and we leave Saturday on Allure.

 

Thanks,

 

Seth

Just got the JW blue deal in August on our Alaska cruise. I'm not a JW fan, but my husband was thrilled. The sale might be something that is different ship to ship though. 

 

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On 11/17/2017 at 1:16 PM, JBC said:

The super premium stuff is definitely cheaper,  I think the issue is getting it home.  Last time I cruised a buddy of mine that was with me really wanted to buy Johnnie Walker Blue Label, they had a two bottle deal, something like $250 for 2 bottles and they are normally like $170 each at home.  He was concerned about them breaking in his suitcase, so he didn't buy any.  I told him to wrap them really good in clothes, but he didn't want to take the chance.  If we didn't have to fly he would have bought them for sure.    

I'm a rum collector, and just returned home with 5 bottles of rum (and 2 bottles of a special-to-me beer that was obtained especially for me by a friendly staffer on catamaran Fan-Ta-Sea in St. Kitts).  We just wrap the bottles in tightly with the clothes, and pray.  Haven't had an issue yet, and have been doing this ever since we stopped being allowed to bring it home as our carry-ons.  

If you buy from the local stores instead of on the ship, some will pre-pack them in boxes for you, and you can put the boxes in your luggage.

You kind of have to trust the gods when you are packing a $600 bottle into your luggage, but the alternative is not being able to bring any home...

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On 11/17/2017 at 1:16 PM, JBC said:

Johnnie Walker Blue Label, they had a two bottle deal, something like $250 for 2 bottles and they are normally like $170 each at home.  He was concerned about them breaking in his suitcase, so he didn't buy any. 

OMG - did he ever tried to break JW Blue bottle ?

He would need to put his suitcase under steamroller to do any harm ;)

 

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We got JW Blue this past October on Grandeur. 2 for $300. Considering we’re in Pa and the LCB charges about $240 a bottle, we bought it.  Since we drove to Baltimore, getting it home wasn’t an issue. I have purchased a bubble wrap, bottle shaped type packaging from Amazon called WineWings. It has ziploc type seal and Velcro to at opening. No leaks. Great for if you have to pack bottles. 

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Got the 2 for $310 deal on Johnnie Blue. They brought it down to $300 and let me put a bottle of John Walker XR (1 Litre) and Blue (750ML) for the $300.

Prices were LESS on St. Kitts and I was able to grab one picture to show the RC workers before I was stopped taking pictures by the workers on the island. RC did do a price match (at least they gave me part of it as I couldn't prove the Johnnie Blue price) 

In the end I got 2 for $285 and am very happy.

 

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