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We selected the dinner and beverage packages for our upcoming cruise and have prepaid the gratuities. I have figured out the dining package but don't know how the beverage package works. Does the bartender know that we have the package from our room card? Do we still sign slips? Tried a search but could not find the answers to these easy questions!

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Yes your cards are coded.  Bring both cards up to get drinks for 2 people.

 

You don't sign slips but might need to while in a US port where there is extra local tax until you are in international water. 

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Even with the beverage package, there is an additional tax before we clear Lady Liberty leaving New York? Yikes!

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1 hour ago, Bright1 said:

Even with the beverage package, there is an additional tax before we clear Lady Liberty leaving New York? Yikes!

Pretty much all US ports will charge a local sales tax.... this is not just on NCL..... and it's well beyond Lady Liberty.... it's out to international waters. 

Edited by esm54687

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 On the Escape from NY to Bermuda, what would the amount of tax be, and how long does it take to get to international water ?

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5 minutes ago, IrishDutchess said:

 On the Escape from NY to Bermuda, what would the amount of tax be, and how long does it take to get to international water ?

In my experience, it's not worth worrying about...in the big scheme of things...

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3 hours ago, millie8 said:

We selected the dinner and beverage packages for our upcoming cruise and have prepaid the gratuities. I have figured out the dining package but don't know how the beverage package works. Does the bartender know that we have the package from our room card? Do we still sign slips? Tried a search but could not find the answers to these easy questions!

 

Your room card will have UBP on it and it is coded so that when it is swiped it comes up that you have the package. Generally there are no slips to sign, except when you are docked in the US and NCL has to collect sales tax, which is not part of the package.

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13 minutes ago, IrishDutchess said:

 On the Escape from NY to Bermuda, what would the amount of tax be, and how long does it take to get to international water ?

 

Taxes are about $1 per drink. You can assume that you will be paying taxes until dinner time.

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9 hours ago, zqvol said:

 

Taxes are about $1 per drink. You can assume that you will be paying taxes until dinner time.

 

We were on Royal last year out of Bayonne, and weren't charged a penny for our drinks.  It's a state regulated thing, from what I heard.

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1 hour ago, YankeesFan4Life said:

 

We were on Royal last year out of Bayonne, and weren't charged a penny for our drinks.  It's a state regulated thing, from what I heard.

 

Some lines roll the cost into the fare. Even non-drinkers end up paying the tax. 

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Out of almost any US port that is just not correct.

 

gary

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We have been on tons of cruises and never paid an extra tax on drinks when in a US port.  We just order our drinks and that is it.

 

 

Edited by cheeseclan

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I haven't gone out of NY, but NCL charges sales tax out of Miami and Seattle if you have the package. Also, on the way to Victoria you sail back into Washington waters and are charged the sales tax again for a few hours. They charge until you're out of the states water - in Miami that's until about 6pm but in Seattle it lasted until 8 or 9.

Each cruiseline handles it differently. But with NCL it's about a buck a drink until you're in international waters.

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Your card will tell the bartender whether you get the UBP. You will  have to sign a slip for items not included in the UBP such as local taxes or when you have ordered a drink that is valued at more than $15, although you will only be signing for the difference and the extra gratuity.

 

US ports are not the only places you may have to pay local tax. There is/was a 10% VAT charge for any drinks purchased in Spanish waters, not just berthed up in Barcelona. In the end these charges are minimal unless you're getting absolutely blitzed as soon as you get on board.

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21 hours ago, PelicanBill said:

Yes your cards are coded.  Bring both cards up to get drinks for 2 people.

 

You don't sign slips but might need to while in a US port where there is extra local tax until you are in international water. 

Please excuse my ignorance........

Are the ports of Alaska regarded as US ports? is extra local tax payable in these ports?

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1 hour ago, HAPPINESS IS said:

Please excuse my ignorance........

Are the ports of Alaska regarded as US ports? is extra local tax payable in these ports?

Yes. Alaska is part of the United States. It was the 49th state admitted to the Union. 

 

Vancouver and Victoria are Canadian ports. 

 

The collection of local cal taxes is driven by local tax laws, not the United States. 

 

Alaskan ports have not been charging Beverage taxes. 

 

 

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1 hour ago, BaWBarmy said:

Your card will tell the bartender whether you get the UBP. You will  have to sign a slip for items not included in the UBP such as local taxes or when you have ordered a drink that is valued at more than $15, although you will only be signing for the difference and the extra gratuity.

 

US ports are not the only places you may have to pay local tax. There is/was a 10% VAT charge for any drinks purchased in Spanish waters, not just berthed up in Barcelona. In the end these charges are minimal unless you're getting absolutely blitzed as soon as you get on board.

You mean to say that they charge an extra gratuity on the State tax?  Who gets the tip, Governor Cuomo?

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Also be sure to check your charges periodically. Occasionally a charge for a drink slips through, even if you didn’t sign a slip. If that happens, guest services can easily reverse it.

 

 

Mary Ann

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9 hours ago, SailBreakaway said:

Once you leave the berth, you’re free of taxes. 

Nope...... leaving the berth AND getting into international waters is when you're free of taxes

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8 hours ago, cheeseclan said:

We have been on tons of cruises and never paid an extra tax on drinks when in a US port.  We just order our drinks and that is it.

 

 

 

Some lines elect to eat the cost, others, including NCL collect the tax. One way or the other the cruise line pays the tax to the local government.

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48 minutes ago, SouthLyonCruiser said:

You mean to say that they charge an extra gratuity on the State tax?  Who gets the tip, Governor Cuomo?

Gratuity is based on price of drink only..... not price of drink PLUS tax. 

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