Does anyone bring home sand, sea shells, and pebbles as momentos
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Carnival Destiny 7/26/98
Carnival Triumph 7/21/01
Carnival Glory 7/19/03
Carnival Victory 10/05/03
Carnival Freedom 12/29/07
Oasis Of The Seas (RTR's) 9/11/10
Carnival Spirit Alaska 6/7/11
Carnival Pride 8/5/12
Carnival Glory 10/13/13
Carnival Liberty 8/22/14
Carnival Pride 8/2/15
upcoming...Carnival Magic 8/5/17
It is a great way to remember your special vacations---Black sand from Punaluu Beach, Hawaii---White gypsum sand from White Sands National Park----and....hot dog scented sand from Coney Island, NY!!And yellow sand from the dog beach in Jupiter, FL.....
PS Sorry - couldn't help myself. 1t's 1:30am and once again I'm combing the CC boards. It's a hoot.
I returned it to where I found it.
Inspiration - 2002
Pride - 2003
Conquest - 2005
Conquest - July 15, 2007
Magic - March 2012
Dream - - August 9, 2015
I found a small Hawaiian "idol" and made a necklace out of it. While I was still in Hawaii, I wore it while I was in a Surfing contest. Somehow I fell off of my board and hit my head on rocks in the surf. I think the idol had something to do with my bad luck.Too Funny! I took some black sand from the Big Island a couple of years ago and thougth about the Brady Bunch when I did it!!! I think Pele is more pissed about all the howlees there now and not my pint 'o sand!
I returned it to where I found it.
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RCCL Navigator of the Seas - December 2009
RCCL Oasis of the Seas - November 2010
"Mother, Mother Ocean, I have heard you call. Wanted to sail upon your waters since I was three feet tall. You've seen it all. You've seen it all. " Jimmy Buffett - A Pirate Looks at Forty
I have never had anyone stop me - even when going through special agriculture screenings.
A friend (first time cruiser) asked if she could bring home sand, sea shells, or pebbles from each island to create a memory box. I've read other threads about a big no no for taking food off ship due to possible cross contamination of pests, etc.My hubby picked up a bunch of white coral off the beach in Martinique back in 2000. it was ugly (not pretty like the red or peach colored) and it sat on a shelf in our armoire for about 3 years when I decided to throw it away. He hasn't missed the stuff either- but if I had asked him he would have said we should keep it. What he doesn't know will not hurt him!
Is it a concern to bring home sand, sea shells, or pebbles from each of the beaches you visit? Does it violate any laws?
Thanks, wouldn't want her to get in any trouble.
146 days total.
Celebrity -40 days
Holland America-23 days
Carnival -21 days
Royal Caribbean- 19 days
Princess -21 days
I have cruised the Caribbean, east, west and southern; Alaska, Bermuda, a transatlantic which included North west Europe and East coast Canada, the Med., and a California coastal/Baja. I loved them all!
Since this experience I now check to make sure that the beach that we are combing or snorkeling at is not in a marine reserve or sanctuary. The last thing that you want to experience is running afoul of the local laws in a foreign country. In fact certain Caribbean islands now consider all of their waters surrounding the island to be a marine sanctuary. This means that one could conceivably run into problems when going through the port authority checkpoints when returning to the ship.
As well, over 35,000 plants and animals including dozens of seashells and stony coral are included on the endangered species list and thus importation and exportation are forbidden or restricted by many countries. I tried to sort out the rules on our trip last year to French Polynesia and Mexico via the USA from Canada. The first problem I ran into was that all the seashells and coral are listed by their scientific name. The second problem was trying to figure out if I would need export permits from French Polynesia and import permits into USA, then export permits from the USA to Mexico, then import permits into Mexico, then import permits into the USA, then export permits from the USA and finally import permits into Canada. After a while I just gave up and decided that I would risk a potential problem and rely on pleading ignorant, hoping that the authorities would just confiscate the offending items and let me off with a warning. This can be risky.
Recently, a Canadian was charged with violating the import regulation for stony coral when he legally purchased several pieces of live coral from a pet shop in Florida to take home and place in his saltwater aquarium. He declared the live coral to Agriculture Canada as per his declaration. He was asked for his import permit giving him the right to bring the live coral into Canada. He did not know that he needed one. Agriculture Canada charged him for illegally importing live stony coral. Although the judge in Ontario recognized the fact that he was ignorant of the requarerment for an import permit and was not importing the coral to sell, he still felt that he need to send a message by “slapped his wrists” with a $2,500.00 fine. The maximum penalty in Canada for importing live stony coral without a license is a fine of up to $50,000.00 and/or two years in jail. Incidentally, dead stony coral does not need an import permit for Canada but Canada does require that one produce an export permit from the country the coral came from if the country requires an export permit. It’s getting so very complicated to figure out the rules for collecting seashells, coral, sand etc. especially when on a cruise that visits multiple countries, that I may stop bring these items home especially since I usually have to clear at least both US customs and Canada customs on the way home.
In fact MSC cruise has taken the position of giving out erroneous information during their debarkation talk. We have been told on two separate MSC Caribbean cruises that taking any seashells or coral whether purchased or collected off the ship into the USA is legal and that a person would be subject to fines and the shells and coral confiscated if caught. I known for a fact that this is misinformation. When I confronted the cruise director he said that this is MSC’s position and that he is told to tell the passengers that collecting shells and coral is illegal. I think that MSC is just covering their butts in the event that someone runs afoul of the customs people and then tries to sue MSC for allowing them to bring shells and coral aboard the ship.
I think this is a crying shame seashells and coral that are dead, washed up onto the beach or rolling around in the surf is a renewable resource. The sea is continually bringing up more shells and pieces of coral every day especially after a storm. These shells and pieces of coral if left uncollected would just get buried or ultimately destroyed by being ground into sand.
I believe that ultimately the rules forbidding collecting shells and coral will have exactly the opposite effect then the “do-gooders” intend. Shells and coral will become more and more valuable to collectors willing to pay for them and thus poaching of not only dead shells and coral but also live shells and corals will escalate to the point it does more damage to the fragile eco-systems than the taking of a dead seashell and pieces of coral washed up on the beach ever did or does.
So I’ll just keep collecting were permitted and try not to break the export and import rules along the way.
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Holland America, Volendam, Sep/2003, 7 day Alaska Inside Passage
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Norwegian Cruises, Pride of Hawaii, Apr/2007, 7 day Hawaiian Islands
Princess Cruises, Tahitian Princess, Aug/2007, 10 day French Polynesian Islands
Carnival Cruises, Pride, Sep/2007, 7 day Mexican Riviera
Carnival Cruises, Imagination, Nov/2007, 5 day Eastern Caribbean
Norwegian Cruises, Sun, Dec/2007, 7 day Central America
MSC Cruises, Lirica, Dec/2007, 10 day Deep Caribbean
We spent 3 days on the Isle of Sark Summer 2003. Whilst walking on the beach we found a flat pebble in the shape of a heart.... We kept it. 2 days later my now DH proposed to me. We ended up having the wedding reception on the same island....and our pebble pride of place between the two of us of on our wedding table....Thanks for sharing.
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Now I wish I'd bought a BIGGER globe. They came in three sizes and they don't sell them anymore.
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152 days at sea so far:
Mexican Riviera, Carnival Jubilee, 1992
Southern Caribbean, Carnival Fascination, 1997
Mexican Riviera, Carnival Elation, 1999
Alaska & Denali, Dawn Princess, 2002
Ensenada & Catalina, Carnival Paradise, 2005
Western Caribbean, Carnival Conquest, 2007
Grand Mediterranean Inaugural, Carnival Dream, 2009
Grand Mediterranean 2nd sail, Carnival Magic, 2011
Hawaii, Sapphire Princess, 2012
Grand Mediterranean Inaugural , Carnival Breeze, 2012
Alaska, Diamond Princess, 2012
Transatlantic, Carnival Sunshine, 2013
Panama Canal, Carnival Legend, 2014
Eastern Caribbean, Carnival Breeze, 2014
Ensenada, Baja California, Carnival Imagination, 2015
Alaska, Carnival Legend, 2015
Ensenada, Baja California, Carnival Imagination, 2016
Last Mediterranean, Carnival Vista, 2016
Transatlantic, Carnival Vista, 2016
Ensenada, Carnival Imagination, 2017
Alaska Back 2 Back, 2017
Hubby found a big Lion's Paw (?) shell. I'd written the date and island name next to the feet of one of our group members, and before I took a picture of this, hubby laid the shell in the shot. The picture turned out fabulously in large part to that shell!
Then on Nassua, our group found more interesting items. Shells, coral fragments, and sea glass. So now we have a collection started .
Carnival: Destiny '02, Imagination '06, Liberty '08, Legend '08
NCL: Pride of Hawai'i '07, Pearl '09, Dawn '09, '10, Spirit '11, '13, Sky '12
Princess: Crown '14
Up Next: NCL Getaway 9/18/2016
Itineraries cruised: W., S., & E. Caribbean, Bermuda, Canada & New England, Hawai'i, Grand Mediterranean (Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Croatia), Alaska
I too have heard that they are an endangered species (one kind or all not sure) My friends father was stopped at the Canadian border with some glued on his camper that he had bought in Florida, he didn't do it. He told them, ok I'll sit here and wait and you can take them all off, they let him go.
Really enjoyed the stories !
It's a magic kind of medicine, That no doctor could prescribe"
- Jimmy Buffett
The cruise that started the addiction:
Carnival Ecstasy 09/06/2008
I say do it, it will be unique and an interesting collection uniquely yours.
#1 11/08/08 - 5 day Western Carib. MS Holiday.
#2 Working on it!!