Duty-free shopping has made a welcome return for Irish people thinking of sailing off to the UK for a day trip and it couldn’t have come at a better time with Christmas around the corner.
With Brexit allowing for the reintroduction of duty-free shopping, many Irish and UK people have been taking advantage of “non-landing cruises” in between Ireland and Wales.
The Swedish ferry line has seen a surge in duty-free shopping ever since Brexit, with many claiming that it’s the only good thing to come from the UK leaving the EU.
For those sailing from Dublin to Holyhead, Stena Line had been running a promotion on ticket prices where people could sail to Holyhead for as little as €6.50.
For those sailing from Holyhead to Dublin on Friday or Sunday, return tickets cost just £10 (€11.90), while on Saturday tickets cost £15 (€17.86).
While both those sailing from Ireland and from the UK can avail of Duty-Free prices, there are different allowances for those travelling to the UK, compared to Ireland.
Travelling to Ireland: 16 litres of beer + four litres of still wine + 200 cigarettes (or 250g tobacco) + one litre of spirits (or two litres of sparkling wine or fortified wine or any alcohol less than 22% ABV).
Ireland-bound passengers can also spend up to €430 on other goods.
Travelling to the UK: 42 litres of beer + 18 litres of still wine + 200 cigarettes (or 250g tobacco) + four litres of spirits (or nine litres of sparkling wine or fortified wine or any alcohol less than 22% ABV).
UK-bound passengers can also spend up to €464 on other goods such as cosmetics, perfumes, electricals, chocolates and souvenirs.
What brands are available?
Some of the most popular spirit and beer brands are available to buy in duty-free. These include Jameson, Bombay Sapphire, Grey Goose and Hendricks.
The likes of Corona and Heineken are on offer but these can change depending on what’s in stock.
It’s not only booze that’s available duty-free. Fragrances from the likes of Hugo Boss, Calvin Klein, Diesel and Dolce Gabbana are available while cosmetics offering includes Clarins, Elizabeth Arden and Molton Brown.
How much cheaper?
Some of the offers include two bottles of Koskenkorva Vodka for €19.05, two bottles of Finsbury Gin for €16.66, two one-litre bottles of Jameson for €34.52 or one for €19.05.
Other notable offers include a one-litre bottle of Baileys for €14 and 24 cans of Heineken for €15.47.
Stena Line requires all passengers to wear masks at ports and onboard the cruise ship when social distancing isn’t possible.
Children under 11 and those with certain medical conditions do not have to wear a mask.