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Booty Free Shop on Virgin Voyages cruise ships
Booty Free Shop on Virgin Voyages cruise ships © Photo by Connor Home

Duty-Free Shopping: An Overview of ‘Booty Free’

Located just off The Roundabout on deck 6, near the other High Street shops; Booty Free is the designated duty-free shopping venue aboard Virgin Voyages®’ ships. As one might expect from any duty-free shop, it provides passengers with an opportunity to purchase a range of products, from high-quality alcohol and tobacco to branded merchandise, without the usual taxes and duties associated with these goods. However, it’s essential to approach the concept of ‘duty-free’ with an understanding of what it truly offers.

Duty-Free: What Does it Mean?

In essence, duty-free shops are retail outlets that are exempt from the payment of certain local or national taxes and duties, on the requirement that the goods sold will be sold to travelers who will take them out of the country. As such, these venues often appear in international airports, aboard flights, or, in this case, cruise ships.

Whilst it’s easy to be enticed by the concept of ‘duty-free,’ the reality is that savings aren’t always as significant as they might first appear. Factors such as local pricing, exchange rates, and specific travel restrictions can impact the actual value derived from duty-free shopping. Hence, it’s always recommended to understand these aspects before making your purchases.

Exploring ‘Booty Free’

Virgin Voyages®’ Booty Free provides a selection of items that you’d commonly expect to find in a duty-free environment. These include premium alcoholic beverages such as wines and spirits, along with various brands of cigarettes and cigars. It’s also common to find limited-edition products or travel retail exclusives in such outlets.

However, just remember that not all sailings will carry the same products due to differing territorial regulations and restrictions. Additionally, all purchases made at Booty Free are stored and delivered to your stateroom at the end of your voyage for collection upon disembarkation.

Our Thoughts

The prices here are not discounted a huge amount so this is worth a visit if you’re really in need of something in-store like larger bottles of liquor. This is a good place to come if you have remaining Sailor Loot that needs using as you come to the end of your voyage.

However, the value derived from shopping at Booty Free, or any duty-free shop for that matter, largely depends on the individual’s shopping goals and knowledge about the products they intend to purchase. It’s always a good idea to compare prices with those back home and understand local allowances for duty-free products.

In conclusion, while ‘Booty Free’ on Virgin Voyages® offers the excitement of duty-free shopping at sea, potential shoppers should approach with a savvy mindset. Like most shopping experiences, the value is ultimately determined by the shopper’s knowledge and intent.

About the author

Co-Founder and Director. David has a background in web design and development and writes travel content, vacation guides and tips about Virgin Voyages.

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