Question on drink tax

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#21
Northern California
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Originally posted by Aus Traveller
A few months ago.


Bummer, thanks. Guess all my ports will now be incurring an additional tax


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#22
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When we sailed NCL out of Miami in 2016 we were charged sales tax on drinks ordered while not yet in international waters the first night. We had the beverage package included as a perk (only paid the gratuities) and had it when we booked it, living in PA.

When we sailed Princess 10/21/17 from Brooklyn we had the Soda and More and were not charged tax on our diet cokes with lunch. They did not swipe our cards though.
#23
Lihue HI & Calimesa CA
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Originally posted by memoak
You may be charged local sales tax while you are "in port" on any drink
FYI: also applies to food. We made the mistake of eating in Crown Grill as the ship was leaving port. Great views, but really surprised to see that tax had been added. Lesson learned.
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We were charged tax on our drinks while in all of the Hawaiian ports on our recent cruise there.
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#25
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How obnoxious! If the guvmint insists that Princess charges sales tax, Princess has to comply, but what a pain for Princess to keep track and pay state and local sales tax.

My on-board purchases in port are pretty minimal, and adding 10 percent or so in taxes won't make much difference, but just the administrative burden for the ship seems too high in relation to the additional revenues that the guvmint gets.
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Originally posted by Mike45LC
How obnoxious! If the guvmint insists that Princess charges sales tax, Princess has to comply, but what a pain for Princess to keep track and pay state and local sales tax.

My on-board purchases in port are pretty minimal, and adding 10 percent or so in taxes won't make much difference, but just the administrative burden for the ship seems too high in relation to the additional revenues that the guvmint gets.
Burden? Princess owns a computer, that computer does the job. The passenger pays the tax. Depending on the jurisdiction, Princess MAY be able to keep a small portion of the tax.
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#28
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Cruising out of San Francisco last month, DH had AIBP. He wasn't charged sales tax on any of his drinks. Those purchasing individual drinks were charged sales tax.
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Just back from Hawaiian cruise. We had the drink package. We did not get off the ship while in port. I can assure you that we imbibed during the time we were in port. We were not charged tax on our drinks but did order a "smoothie something, can't remember what it was other than something in a cup" in the International Cafe and were charged 11 cents tax on it.
#30
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Originally posted by WVBill
We were charged tax on our drinks while in all of the Hawaiian ports on our recent cruise there.
Just curious, did you have the complimentary AIPB package, or was it pay as you go?
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#31
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Originally posted by memoak
That is why I am saying maybe - I have been charged in California and Florida in the past as well. It will vary from port to port but I do not believe I was ever charged sales tax while in port in Hawaii
We returned last week from a 28 day cruise to Hawaii and French Polynesia. My one of us had the all inclusive beverage package and one did not. The one who had the drink package did not get billed for sales tax on drinks while in port. The one who did not have the drink package paid sales tax on drinks purchased in Los Angeles and in Hawaii.
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