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Cruise MemorabiliaAre you collecting items from cruise ships? How about some memories of old ships?
@ xxoocruiser: This is what CBP says -
Soil, Sand, Minerals, and Shells
"Soil-borne organisms threaten both plants and animals. If you visited a farm or ranch in a foreign country, agricultural specialists may have to examine and disinfect your shoes or clothing. Vehicles must also be cleaned of any soil. No soil or earth of any kind is allowed into the United States without a permit issued in advance by USDA Plant Protection and Quarantine Permit Unit. Pure sand, such as a small container of decorative beach sand, is usually allowed. Always check with the permit unit in advance for details."
I plan on bringing some home on my next cruise!
"You could just stay home, eat six times a day, drink a little too much and rock back and forth."
"The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the SEA!"
50 days at SEA!!!
August 11, 2013 Carnival Conquest
November 11, 2012 Carnival Triumph
January 15, 2012: Carnival Magic
March 7, 2010: Carnival Conquest
December 8, 2008: Carnival Ecstasy
November 26, 2006: Carnival Conquest
November 30, 2003: Carnival Elation
November 11, 2002: Carnival Jubilee
You can buy those clear, plastic Christmas ornaments at Hobby Lobby, Micheal's, etc. and put sand from various vacations in the ornaments, then decorate with paints, glue on other small things purchased while on vacation, etc. Put the date and place on the ornament. Every year when you put up your tree, you will have your sand ornaments to remind you of your vacations!
Celebrity Equinox Ultimate Caribbean 2-10-2014, NCL Sun Southern Caribbean 10-9-2013, Emerald Princess Southern Caribbean 4-16-2013, Celebrity Equinox Ultimate Caribbean 2-1-2013, Celebrity Century 11-4-2012 Hawaii Round trip from San Diego, Carnival Conquest 4-22-2012 Western Caribbean, Celebrity Solstice 3-4-2012 Western Caribbean, Celebrity Solstice 9-17-2011 Mediterranean, Celebrity Eclipse 4-2011 Eastern Caribbean, Island Princess 10-2010 Panama Canal, Celebrity Solstice 3-2010 Eastern Caribbean, NCL Sun 1-2009 Mexican Riviera, NCL Pearl 10-2008 Exotic Caribbean, NCL Pearl 2-2007 Exotic Caribbean, Celebrity Millennium 12-2005, RCL Navigator of the Seas 9-2004, NCL Dream 3-2004, NCL Sun 3-2003, RCL Grandeur of the Seas 12-2002 Western Caribbean, NCL Norway 3-2001, NCL Crown 3-1999, NCL Sunward 8-1974
Container store sells nice small, smaller and smallest clear glass bottles with black lids. I put a sticker on the bottle lid that tells me where it came from and the date. I have quite a sand collection. My children ridicule me.
On my mother-in-law's 75th birthday, we bought a large glass jar, and 24 packets of colored sand. Her children and grandchildren that attended the party, each told her what she had meant to them, then poured a layer of sand into the jar. Some family from across the country phoned in, while another family member poured the sand. She now has a nice keepsake memento to display.
I got the idea from a wedding, in which each family had members do this.
Maybe you could start a little cruise sand jar, and keep adding layers of sand to it from each place.