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So how are cruisers getting liquor home from cruises ?


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With the new (and I am guessing permanent) rules against liquids on airlines, how are all of those cruisers, buying 'cheap' bottles of booze getting them home ? Are the island stores now shipping it to the US (is that even legal) ?, or they being repackage as checked luggage ? Or has the days of bringing liquor back from cruises ended ?

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I think for the present anyway, you are correct. We purchased rum in Puerto Rico, the ship held it until debarkation, then it was hand carried luggage on the plane home. I don't see anyway around this as the ship won't give it to you early so you could pack it. Unless, once you get your luggage on the dock, you wanted to take time to open your suitcases and try to stuff bottles in amongst your clothes and take the chance it wouldn't get broken in the cargo hold. These new air regulations are going to curtail a lot of things we always took for granted. (I wonder if that means the airlines themselves won't be selling alcohol from their little store). This will have a huge impact on the travel industry. Places that depend on tourists for their income will be hurt. As a tourist, I don't plan to spend nearly as much money as I would have because I won't a have anyway to get it home. Souvenirs and booze were always a carry-on item. Some souvenirs can be shipped home, but I don't think booze can be. Good luck, keep us posted if you find out anything different.:D

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I think a couple of things may happen: 1 and I wouldn't be surprised if they aren't already doing it: the duty free shops will pack the booze so it will easily be able to be sent through with our luggage or 2-more people will pack in in their carry ons. We have done this many times: wrapped in plastic and around clothes, especially in a very full suitcase it travels fine. Believe me, the duty free shops depend on us too much to not figure this out. As for opening a UPS store etc: the cost to send booze back to the states would be too costly for us to continue to purchase it. If that would work the liquor stores would start to send it for us. NMnita

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At the airport in Beijing you go to a special line and they pack the bottles in a cardboard box and send it along in the checked baggage. We had to pay $1 or $2. At our home airport the box tumbled along the luggage conveyor belt and all was fine.


Actually it was amusing as we were continually asked if we had "lacquer." No, we didn't buy any lacquerware, the little decorative boxes. The word was really "liquor." I guess our southern accents must have come across the same way when we would respond, "liquor."

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Sorry, Chessbriar, it is illegal to ship liquor on UPS and FedEx. You need to have a liquor distributor's license for that.


And you can't send wine either, without a winery license, or being a retail wine shop with a license to ship.


We own a UPS Store franchise, and can no longer send wine, except for our one customer who works for a winery.


You need to pack a hard-sided suitcase inside your regular suitcase, then repack before you get to the airport.

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I sent Bacardi a question just now about this.

I would think the industry as a whole will respond with a plastic shipping bottle.

There is too much money lost on this for them not to respond.

The top end like royal crown may not switch but others may. And soon.


So I hope.

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