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Bacardi Flavored Rum

We always get asked "What do they have at the Duty Free stores?", "Are the any prices good?" and “Can I take it with me on the ship?".

If you’re embarking on your cruise from San Juan (at both the Pan American pier and Pier 4 in Old San Juan), you’ll be able to purchase duty free liquor and cigarettes at the pier before you board/reboard the ship.

Of course, the employees at the duty free store will tell you that you can carry anything you want onto the ship — they want you to buy at lot. Each cruise line has a different policy on what (if any) liquor you can carry onto the ship, so you’ll have look into the ship’s exact policies and then take your chances with that. The worst case is that they find your "stash" and they take it and hold it for you until your last day on the ship (so you can pack it for your trip home).

When we have cruised out of San Juan, we were able to put our tax free purchases in our carry-ons and it all went through the next two check points without anyone confiscating it. That was on Princess and Carnival … other ships may be more vigilant. By the end of that cruise, we had so many bottles of liquor in our stateroom that we were begging for the ship to hold some of it for us! For people making a day port stop, there is a smaller liquor store that you can get some tax free stuff.

Friends of ours recently went on a cruise out of San Juan, and they brought back the flyer for the Duty Free store at the Pan American pier. We’ve scanned it and you can see it below. These were the prices as of December 2011. Those prices will change, but it will give you an idea of what’s available. I also know they have other wines, soda, a few mixers, and water available for sale at these shops, (I don’t think they have beer), if you want to take that on your cruise. These stores are accessible during your embarkation, but not during your debarkation. I don’t know for sure if the small liquor store on the day in port offers the same prices..though it would be nice!

There’s a different company that operates the duty free/tax free stores in the SJU airport. We don’t have a copy of their ad, but you can see the specials on their website. They offer duty free liquor, perfume and cigarettes after the security check points, and you can bring these items on as carry-ons without the TSA 3-1-1 rule in effect. But this only applies if you don’t change planes, or leave the USA. As these are carry-ons, any time you have to go through another security checkpoint, these bottles will be subject to the TSA 3-1-1 rule and will confiscated.

Just as a new addition — A recent cruiser (August 2009) mentioned that during a day stop in port, they were able to take an elevator upstairs at Pier 4 and were able to shop in the large tax Free store (the one with all the great prices and stuff!). Try it!

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I don't know. Maybe ask on Cruise critic.

Comment by Gwenn on 22 Feb 2016

do they sell energy drinks?

Comment by markc on 19 Feb 2016

You would need to contact the stores directly....we just wrote about them, not affiliated at all.

Comment by Gwenn on 30 Jan 2016

Do you sell cartons of Newport cigarettes. I know that the last time I was in PR you did not sell them. I am leaving on Mon back to NY and would like to buy some. Also what time are you open till?

Comment by Nicole Ramirez on 30 Jan 2016

We are not affiliated with the Tax-free stores, but the answer is no. Items must be purchased at the time you are at the store.

Comment by Gwenn on 09 Sep 2013

I have a question if I wanted to order something from offline or out of the book can I have it ship to me? if I had just did a cruise , and at that time I couldn't bring any back with me? please email me at with a reply thank you so much ...

Comment by m. ewing on 09 Sep 2013

I am 99% sure the answer is no. I believe they sell only as carry out. They sometimes have shipping bags you can buy to protect the bottles on the way home.

Comment by Gwenn on 06 May 2013

Can I purchase the liquor and sent to me via mail shipping?

Comment by jvohnne on 05 May 2013

We remember seeing Bacardi rum in 3-liter bottles when we departed for our cruise in December 2010.

Comment by Ray on 20 Jan 2011

In a brochure you had scanned previously it showed large 3 and 4 litre bottles. do they still sell these bottles.

Comment by wendy fisher on 19 Jan 2011

Rome- You have to have to be leaving on a cruise to go to these stores. They are right in the cruise ship pier terminals. Regular tourists visiting PR must get liquor at regular stores (not Duty free places). When you leave PR, you can go to the Duty Free stores at the airport.

Comment by Gwenn on 30 Oct 2009

Were can i find these liquors at? Do i have to leave san juan to buy any? I want to buy bottle to take to my hotel in san juan or on a cruise!

Comment by ROME on 28 Oct 2009

Well ... I don't sell wine at the duty free shop ... we're not affiliated with the duty free shops. I believe that they do have some wine, but not too sure about the breadth of the selection. You may have a better selection at one of the local supermarkets like Pueblo outside of the SJU airport in Isla Verde or SuperMax at Plaza del Armas in Old San Juan. You could stop at one of those before heading to your ship.

Comment by Ray on 09 Sep 2009

Do you sell wine in the duty free shop in Puerto Rico?

Comment by Linda on 08 Sep 2009

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