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27% hike in drinks on Half Moon Cay

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This may be a nothingburger, but  any drinks on HMC will cost 27% more. 15% SC and 12% Bahamas tax. A pina colada in a plastic cup is 12 dollars. It was good, but not that good. No signs posted at the bar. On vacation, don’t really care, but no signs posted. 

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Wasn't the service charge surcharge always applied?  Might not have shown on your bill but it did on the on boad account.

 

the 12% Bahama tax is a port thing - nothing to do with HAL and no control.

Same if you cruise through Spain and some other ports have VAT applied.

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14 minutes ago, wesport said:

any drinks on HMC will cost 27% more

This isn't something new, as the Bahamas VAT was increased from 7% to 12% on July 1, 2018. As far as I know, HAL doesn't publish local VAT or sales tax rates for any of the countries it visits.

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Not new -- just increased.

 

HAL can't control taxes that are added by places like the Bahamas, Florida, and several other places.

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We usually use HMC as a sea day without a lot of passengers at the pool!  I don't remember being charged extra for drinks the last time we were on the ship at HMC.

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Normally on the first day it’s posted in the program for Fort Lauderdale drinks. Now7%. Just a heads up for future travelers to HMC. 

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