Posted May 2nd, 2010, 09:53 PM
In every port in Australia and New Zealand we were strickly warned not to take any food off the ship. There were little dogs there (beagles...very cute) to sniff your bags as you walked by. If they smelled anything...even the smallest crumbs....they would sit by your bag and it would then be totally inspected. Many people were stopped because they had previously had food in their bags and crumbs remained.
I've disembarked in Valparaiso twice and both times, it was the same: you were transferred to a departure hall via bus and told to line up on both sides of a section with all of your carry-ons on the floor. Once everyone was in place, two soldiers holding machine guns escorted a third soldier with a dog which sniffed every single carry-on/bag on the floor. There's no way I'd want to mess with that 'cause they looked very serious.
Sealed, pre-packed items such as the cereal and granola bars generally are acceptable ... but fresh fruit and vegetables are a huge no-no in most if not all ports.
I agree. You can always get pre-packaged and sealed items in the ship's shop for your kids but bringing fruit or anything that isn't pre-packaged is, as camp says, a huge no-no. Heck, I was once flying from Rome to Boston (where I used to live) and as I was waiting for my luggage at Logan, an FDA official with a dog was checking everyone waiting at baggage claim. The dog stopped at the woman next to me and she was asked if she had fruit in her carry-on. She said, "No." She was asked again, and again, she said, "No." She was then asked to take everything out of the bag and sure 'nuff, there was a banana she'd brought off the plane. They waited politely until she got her luggage and then she was escorted away.
Messing with another country's agricultural industry can get you into serious trouble and even if you can get away with it, why would you want to do that? To save a couple of $? Sounds incredibly selfish to me.
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