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Doesn't Freedom cruise from Texas? That should be your first clue.

 

No, that's Liberty.

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No, that's Liberty.
Royal's Liberty OTS sails out of Galveston

Carnival Liberty sails out of Port Canaveral

 

Carnival Freedom does indeed sail from Galveston.

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Some of you are hilarious. They typically have it at 700 or 730. This is the first time I have seen them not have it.

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They give such a small quantity to taste might not be missing much.

 

True, but it's fun to watch the new cruisers chug those shots.

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Doesn't Freedom cruise from Texas? That should be your first clue.

Please do tell what that clue is. Are you saying they don't serve alcohol in Texas? Are you saying they don't give it away in Texas? Are you saying the fun shops won't be open this evening because Texas is so far from international waters? Please clue me in.

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Might be what waters you in if not international?

Nope, it's not that. They have had it every cruise the last few years, and I go a lot. They don't have it this time. I wonder if it's happened elsewhere, if they typically have it.

They usually have a lot of samples, and then someone to take your order for purchase, with a first night discount.

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We can all speculate, but I would just ask someone at the duty free shop.

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Nope, it's not that. They have had it every cruise the last few years, and I go a lot. They don't have it this time. I wonder if it's happened elsewhere, if they typically have it.

They usually have a lot of samples, and then someone to take your order for purchase, with a first night discount.

 

uh oh another cutback.wonder if you can still get it if you provide your own thimble. Guys from back room frantically looking for savings anyway they can:)

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Hi

 

No! Don't say it's another Carnival cutback. :)

 

Maybe they will have it another day.

 

have a great cruise

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uh oh another cutback.wonder if you can still get it if you provide your own thimble. Guys from back room frantically looking for savings anyway they can:)

 

 

Liquor tastings are not to make pax happy, but to sell liquor they have. :)

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Remember it's not a cutback but an enhancement or change. ;)

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Doesn't Freedom cruise from Texas? That should be your first clue.

 

We were on RCCL in January out of Galveston and we got the liquor testing. Can't remember what night on the 5 night. But we had some coffee liquore that was strong. We're pretty light weight drinkers so that may have been why. One taste gave us a little buzz. #cheapthrill

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Please do tell what that clue is. Are you saying they don't serve alcohol in Texas? Are you saying they don't give it away in Texas? Are you saying the fun shops won't be open this evening because Texas is so far from international waters? Please clue me in.

 

 

 

You do realize, don’t you, that the distance from Galveston to “international waters” is exactly the same as ANY other port?

 

 

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Gasp!! The horror of it..no drinking out of thimbles!!!

Get over to Guest Services and demand a full refund in your cruise!!

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You do realize, don’t you, that the distance from Galveston to “international waters” is exactly the same as ANY other port? Sent from my iPhone using Forums

 

Yes but not really...It takes many hours to get to the 12 mile marker from certain ports like Baltimore / New Orleans.

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Yes but not really...It takes many hours to get to the 12 mile marker from certain ports like Baltimore / New Orleans.

 

 

 

Very true, however the topic is a Galveston embarkation.

 

I’ve never embarked from Baltimore, I learned something today.

 

Thanks

 

 

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We can all speculate, but I would just ask someone at the duty free shop.

 

You win the Internet!

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Remember it's not a cutback but an enhancement or change. ;)

 

Remember the shops are not owned by Carnival, but are outsourced. I believe they did have a change in ownership not that long ago.

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It's probably for the same reason Carnival can't let you use Cheers until 6AM the day after embarkation. That's due to Texas' crazy liquor laws. Also, Galveston is the only port where I've seen state tax people waiting in the terminal after a cruise to collect tax on any booze passengers bought during a cruise. This is one of the reasons I only cruised from Galveston once, and will not book another cruise from there.

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Remember the shops are not owned by Carnival, but are outsourced. I believe they did have a change in ownership not that long ago.

 

Yes but Carnival does make a profit with these stores. I heard the Horizon has more stores than any other ship. Casino employees and spa employee are all non Carnival employees and they make a huge profit with these too.

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When you outsource something, you let go of day to day operation, including promotions such as liquor tasting. Promotions exist to increase sales and if the desired increase isn't reached, the promotion is a loser.

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It's probably for the same reason Carnival can't let you use Cheers until 6AM the day after embarkation. That's due to Texas' crazy liquor laws. Also, Galveston is the only port where I've seen state tax people waiting in the terminal after a cruise to collect tax on any booze passengers bought during a cruise. This is one of the reasons I only cruised from Galveston once, and will not book another cruise from there.

 

 

 

This is the fun times from a Freedom cruise from last year,that shows the liquor tasting the first night at 7:30

 

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Back to my original question, now that we have validated my earlier statement of they used to have it. It is a new trend not too? I only wonder.

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Yes but Carnival does make a profit with these stores. I heard the Horizon has more stores than any other ship. Casino employees and spa employee are all non Carnival employees and they make a huge profit with these too.

 

And they probably make more money with less direct crew such as stewards so lets cut people count so we can get more salesman selling stuff to passengers

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Yes but Carnival does make a profit with these stores. I heard the Horizon has more stores than any other ship. Casino employees and spa employee are all non Carnival employees and they make a huge profit with these too.

 

 

 

While I have not been on her yet, I would be surprised if she has more shops than any of the mega of the seas. Do you have any data to support your claims that Carnival shops make more profit than any other cruise line?

 

 

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It's probably for the same reason Carnival can't let you use Cheers until 6AM the day after embarkation. That's due to Texas' crazy liquor laws. Also, Galveston is the only port where I've seen state tax people waiting in the terminal after a cruise to collect tax on any booze passengers bought during a cruise. This is one of the reasons I only cruised from Galveston once, and will not book another cruise from there.

 

 

 

The no-Cheers-from-Galveston-until-Sunday thing is related to the Texas law that says you can’t sell all-you-can-drink packages. Tastings shouldn’t be impacted by the same law.

 

Not saying it isn’t some other messed-up Texas liquor law. Just not that one.

 

Yes...I know RCL sells its drink package from day 1. I chalk that up to corporate attorneys interpreting the same law differently. (It used to be Carnival would not even sell you Cheers in advance, based on the interpretation that they couldn’t “sell” an all-you-can-drink package).

 

 

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While I have not been on her yet, I would be surprised if she has more shops than any of the mega of the seas. Do you have any data to support your claims that Carnival shops make more profit than any other cruise line?

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Sorry, I was speaking of Carnival in regards to any other ship. Never said this statement in regards to profit.

 

On a different tangent cruise lines are very interested in the asian market because asian passengers spend a lot more on a ship then N. American.

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Sorry, I was speaking of Carnival in regards to any other ship. Never said this statement in regards to profit.

 

 

 

On a different tangent cruise lines are very interested in the asian market because asian passengers spend a lot more on a ship then N. American.

 

 

 

Fair enough and I agree on the Asian market, with a strong casino focus.

 

 

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We went to the liquor tasting once, but I don't recall what night it was. I didn't think it was on the first night, though. We tried a sample of most everything they were offering. That's when we discovered Sheridan. We've purchased it a couple of times on board. They've never called us over to the tax table, even though we declared it. I don't know if they were too busy to care or if we just had too little to worry about sending us to the table. The only time we ever have bought it was when we sailed out of Galveston because we don't want to have to pack it in our luggage if we are flying. We always drive to port in Galveston.

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Fair enough and I agree on the Asian market, with a strong casino focus.

 

 

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All of us newbies spent a heck of a lot more on the ship our first cruises than we do now. Wonder if the Asians will do the same?

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