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We are flying to Seattle (to do some business) and then driving to Vancouver to catch the northbound 7 day Alaskan cruise on Jewel at the end of July.  Since we will be crossing the boarder by car, I am wondering of we will have an issue with customs if we try and bring wine for our cruise?  

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It might help to know how many bottles of vino you are planning to celebrate on board.

NCL will of course charge the $15 corkage fee for each bottle no limits here.


Canadian Customs - will allow you to bring at least one bottle per person across the border - - -

Will need an answer about that

But I think having two bottles per person would not be out of line - total of 4 for your party/family.

Wine maybe taxed or considered on a different lesser scale than hard high proof liquor.

Just make sure to declare it in transit across the border.


If this poses a real problem there are wine packages to be purchased on board.

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How much wine can you take into Canada?
U.S. citizens crossing the border into Canada to visit are allowed to bring the following item quantities into Canada duty free: 1.5 liters of wine, or 1.14 liters (40 ounces) of liquor, or 24 cans or bottles of beer. 1 carton (200 cigarettes), up to 50 cigars, and 200g of loose tobacco.
.....or just go into a liquor shop in Vancouver and buy there.  https://www.everythingwine.ca/wine-sales

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Thanks for the reply.  The link to the wine shop is probably the best option.  I like California Chardonnays and would like a few “special” bottles to take on the ship.

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The duty or tax on excess wine is $0.30.  I cross the boarder all the time with excess.  No issues.  They are really only looking for illegal items, fruits, meats, etc

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