Originally posted by Dave:
Excerpt from the RCI website:
Value-Added Tax (VAT)
On select itineraries we are required by the local law to collect value added tax (VAT) on select onboard purchases. The tax will be added at the time of purchase onboard. The VAT requirement is applicable to itineraries that sail only to European Union* ports of call.
Travelers from countries outside of the European Union are eligible for a VAT refund on select purchases they make within the European Union.
Yikes this must be something new
I did not think the shops onboard were open when in port but drinks could still be purchased.
They would not be part of the refund from VAT though.
I wonder if it is just in port or in any waters in the EU?
Alexandr Pushkin, Carnival-Holiday, HAL-(old)Westerdam, Orient lines-Marco Polo, Royal Olympic-Olympic, NCL-Dream, Dawn-Princess, ACCL-Grande Caribe, Oceania-Insignia (3), Regatta(4) Marina (1) St Lawrence Cruise Lines-Canadian Empress
Scenic River cruise June 11,2012