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Old 08-16-2013, 07:56 AM   #1
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Any cigar fans buy during a cruise?

I've got a friend who really enjoys cigars, and I wanted to get him some while on my upcoming cruise...going to St Thomas, St Maarten.

I know || this much about cigars...

Has anyone ever purchased any while out there in the Caribbean? Any recommendations?

Thanks!
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Old 08-16-2013, 08:26 AM   #2
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I've got a friend who really enjoys cigars, and I wanted to get him some while on my upcoming cruise...going to St Thomas, St Maarten.

I know || this much about cigars...

Has anyone ever purchased any while out there in the Caribbean? Any recommendations?

Thanks!
If you are planning on buying Cuban cigars, you cannot legally bring them back into the US. You can, however, smoke them while you are on your cruise (I know that does not help if you are looking for a gift to bring home). The cigar store I visited earlier this year, did make a copy of my passport before they would sell me anything. Hard to say why that was needed. It did make me nervous that I was going to be searched upon my return (even though I was not bringing back any cigars whatsoever).

Bottom line, you can buy entirely legal (non Cuban) cigars on the Disney ship at very good prices. I would not waste my time hunting down cigar stores on the islands that are oftentimes known for relabeling cigars (selling less expensive cigars with a more expensive label taken from another cigar). Best just to get them on the ship before you get back.

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Old 08-16-2013, 08:58 AM   #3
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If you are planning on buying Cuban cigars, you cannot legally bring them back into the US. You can, however, smoke them while you are on your cruise (I know that does not help if you are looking for a gift to bring home). The cigar store I visited earlier this year, did make a copy of my passport before they would sell me anything. Hard to say why that was needed. It did make me nervous that I was going to be searched upon my return (even though I was not bringing back any cigars whatsoever).

Bottom line, you can buy entirely legal (non Cuban) cigars on the Disney ship at very good prices. I would not waste my time hunting down cigar stores on the islands that are oftentimes known for relabeling cigars (selling less expensive cigars with a more expensive label taken from another cigar). Best just to get them on the ship before you get back.

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Not a bad idea, and I'd hate to get suckered into buying something low quality, and overpriced...and god forbid I accidentally buy Cubans and bring them back.
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Old 08-16-2013, 09:28 AM   #4
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Also please continue with your research as many cigars sold on these islands to cruise passengers are fake Cuban cigars. There are several reputable establishments and even there I would still look for the earmarks of fakes. As always, buyer beware. There are some great websites out there to help with this and several DISBoard members who really know what they are talking about.
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I've got a friend who really enjoys cigars, and I wanted to get him some while on my upcoming cruise...going to St Thomas, St Maarten.

I know || this much about cigars...

Has anyone ever purchased any while out there in the Caribbean? Any recommendations?

Thanks!
Duty free stores sell legit Cuban cigars. And no, you can't bring them back "legally" into the US, because Cuba is our enemy. Fidel Castro turned 87yesterday btw. However, Americans have been known to bring Cuban cigars back into the US. If you have ever gone through customs coming back into the US at PC, you know that your chances of getting caught are slim to none.

I bet you could be chugging out of a bottle of Havana Club, while puffing on Fidel cigar and customs wouldn't say a thing. At least that has been my impression at the end of my DCL cruises.

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