Today, while watching Worricker: Salting the Battlefield, I caught a turn of phrase that send me rolling on the floor laughing my keister off. The phrase was, "booze cruise." Is this phrase relevant to anyone at all? If you use this phrase or one similar, what is it and what does it mean?
A booze cruise is generally a trip you make to somewhere like France to buy cheap liquor for the holiday season.
OMGosh! That reminds me of when we used to vacation in Tahoe, California. It was extended family, filling up three separate cabins. The first day we arrived and got settled, we would make a trip up to a discount store in the mountains where we bought all the "refreshments" we needed for the week. Yes, that would be considered a "booze cruise". LOL Those were the days!
In the US it usually means a party on a boat where people drink.
Many times with super cheap (low quality) alcohol.
It feels more like an East Coast than West Coast thing (to me at least).
Interesting that the same phrase means a different thing in Europe.
The US version of the Office has an episode called "Booze Cruise" that was episode 11 of Season 2. (5 Jan. 2006) if you want a humorous example.
It's a term I believe orginated in the Caribbean islands, referring to an activity/excursion you sign up for while you're vacationing. It lasts about 2 hours, on a small boat, and all you do is party, i.e., drink rum punch, Bahama Mamas, etc., and dance.
Wikipedia says it is Booze cruise is a British colloquial term for a brief trip from Britain to France or Belgium with the intent of taking advantage of lower prices, and buying personal supplies of (especially) alcohol or tobacco in bulk quantities'
but guess this may not have been where the phrase originated.
Thanks for that history, sallybea. I had no idea. I actually thought your first post was a bit of humor. My first time hearing the term was on my first trip to the Bahamas some years ago. There is definitely a British-Caribbean connection so it seems that it's now a slang term for a good party.
it is more like gearing up for a party by preparing in advance, the cheap booze required for the party. The same applies to cigarettes. People have to pay high prices for alcohol and cigarettes because the government puts such high taxes on them. They can bring into the country legally for their own consumption but not enough to make a profit from it. There is definitely a British connection. Incidentally, I love the Bahamas. I went there a couple of years ago.
It probably is regional. I thought it was a party on a boat too.
In Australia "booze" or "grog" are common terms for alcohol. We have "booze buses" which hotels(pubs) employ to pick up and drop off patrons so they can drink without having to worry about driving under the influence. They can afford to do this as a free service because people can drink more hence the hotel makes more money. A "booze cruise" is generally when a boat is hired probably to go to a nearby island or up a river with the main object for passengers to eat, drink and be merry.
Is the Bachelor's Dance considered a booze cruise? I know, from your hub on it, that it is a very festive time that lasts all night.
Haha Phyllis, no the Bachelors an Spinsters Ball would be called "a booze up" or "grog up"..the "cruise" would only be used if it was held on a boat. The eat, drink and be merry still applies however.
Hmmm. Interesting how many variations there are for this phrase. I'm definitely going to have to use it in something I write.
Yes, from an Aussie point of view Jodah summed it up perfectly. A booze cruise is just as he says - a cruise with the main aim to - eat, drink, and be merry.
Jodah, I can't believe you missed the chance to mention a pub crawl. lol.
Actually, I had considered it LTM, but didn't want people to think we were just a race of boozer..haha. A "pub crawl" is where usually a group of people proceed from one pub to another having a couple of drinks in each. it continues until either you run out of pubs or can't drink any more (or stand up).
I would imagine a "booze cruise" around here would be a houseboat fishing vacation in the BWCAW. But, I suppose some of those large boats (and small) might have a well stocked bar, too.
I guess this is one entertainment / vacation option I've yet to explore. Great to know there are so many ways to do so.
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