Duty-Free Allowance

Published 03/11/2015 10:43 PM   |    Updated 05/03/2017 02:23 PM

The following guidelines pertain to U.S Residents only. Non-U.S Residents must comply with Customs laws set-up by the Customs Office in their particular country. Specific information will be provided on board the ship. 

All Heads of Households are required to complete one U.S Customs Declaration Form*, to include those family members traveling with them who reside at the same address. 

The Head of Household must declare all merchandise purchased or acquired abroad and which he/she is bringing back into the United States. That includes items purchased in duty-free shops (on board) and in port as well as items received as gifts. It also includes items the guests have begun to use or are wearing. All purchases must be listed on the back of the U.S. Customs declaration form*. Undeclared merchandise is subject to seizure and/or penalty.

*CBP may not require the completion of the form at certain ports.  Instructions will be provided during the disembarkation talk.

Note: It does not include items that have been shipped directly from Mexico, the Cayman Islands or Canada, which will be assessed a duty when they enter the country. Items shipped back from other countries must be declared and a Customs Form 255 filled out upon return to the United States.

If the family has exceeded the U.S. Customs exemptions, the Head of Household must present him or herself with receipts to the U.S Customs Border and Protection officers on the last morning of the cruise. Cash only is accepted for payment of additional taxes exceeding the Duty-Free allowance.

Duty-Free Allowance for U.S Residents

Itineraries that include any of U.S Virgin Islands (St Thomas, St Croix and St John) 

  • $1600 (retail) of duty-free purchases per person may be spent. No more than $800 can be purchased outside the U.S Virgin Islands or onboard 
  • One liter of alcohol per person and an additional four liters if purchased in the U.S Virgin Islands; one of the additional liters must be a product of the U.S Virgin Islands (guest must be at least 21 years old) 
  • One carton of cigarettes and an additional four cartons if purchased in the U.S Virgin Islands (guest must be at least 18 years) 
  • One hundred cigars (guest must be at least 18 years old) 

All other domestic itineraries

  • $800 (retail) of duty-free purchases per person may be spent 
  • One liter of alcohol per person (guest must be at least 21 years old)  
  • One carton of cigarettes (guest must be at least 18 years old) 
  • One hundred cigars (guest must be at least 18 years old) 


Registering Valuables Before Leaving Home
It is recommended that guests register their valuables with Customs before leaving home. This should be done well in advance of travel at a Customs office near home. Items that should be registered generally include those not manufactured in their country. If the guest cannot prove that they own an item prior to departure, Customs officials may charge them duty to bring the item back into the country. Customs pays particular attention to cameras (including special lenses and video equipment), binoculars, radios, laptop computers, foreign-made watches and other similar appliances.

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