If you have plans to sail on a Disney Cruise to Nassau, Bahamas and/or Disney’s Castaway Cay in the future, you might be paying a little more for those souvenirs your purchase while there. Recently, Bahamian officials announced an increase on the island country’s VAT or value-added tax. Currently, the tax is 7.5% but is increasing to 12%.
The increase was slated to go into effect on July 1. However, after many retailers complained, the Bahamian government has decided to extend the increase deadline until August 31. This will give the Bahamian retailers time to make necessary price changes.
In addition to cruise guests paying more for souvenirs during their cruise, travelers may expect to see an increase on port excursions as well.
While Castaway Cay is owned by Disney Cruise Line, it is part of the country of the Bahamas and falls under their taxing structure.
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