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#21
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Great idea on the baby bottles. I have used some left over small jelly jars and made paperweights, but I don't want to buy a whole case for the last sand I brought home.

Thanks for the baby bottle idea. I am going right out to Target and buying one so I can get my project done.
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#22
Suburbs of Chicago, IL
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I've been thinking about starting to bring a small amount of sand from each of the beaches we will visit on our next cruise in June 2011.

Has anyone had troubles doing this in the past year as a souvenir??
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#23
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Originally posted by RichieRocket
I've been thinking about starting to bring a small amount of sand from each of the beaches we will visit on our next cruise in June 2011.

Has anyone had troubles doing this in the past year as a souvenir??
I have done this on some of the more unusual beaches. Take those snack ziplocs for this purpose or in a pinch I have put some in an empty plastic pop bottle.
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#24
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Joined Jan 2007
I bring mine home in a ziploc bag (used to use film canisters before we went digital). There is a museum near where I live that has a great display: sand from all over the world was captured and put into CD jewel cases. The multi-colored jewel cases form a mosaic on the wall. I think that is so cool!
#25
Iowa
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Wow! I've brought sand home many times from cruises (ziplock bags) and it never even occurred to me that it might be prohibited! From my last cruise I scrapbooked some of the sand in a packet on the page and it always brings back memories when I look at it of the great day we spent on that beach!
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#26
Kansas City, KS
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I like the baby bottle idea!
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#27
New York, USA
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Joined Jan 2010
I wanna bring some sand home as well, If i put it in a ziplock bag or something small can I go through customs in Brooklyn with it in my bag?? and what about the Sea water can I bring some of that as well??
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#28
New York, USA
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Originally posted by CruiseAdict218
I wanna bring some sand home as well, If i put it in a ziplock bag or something small can I go through customs in Brooklyn with it in my bag?? and what about the Sea water can I bring some of that as well??
*forgot to add this can I even get on the ship with this? Ive been stopped before for having Chinese Throwing Stars and I do not want to go through that again
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Golden Princess - July 7, 2012 - Alaska Inside Passage w/Glacier Bay - Review
Regal Princess - March 15, 2015 - Eastern Caribbean ~ Maiden Caribbean Season
Carnival Sunshine - October 1, 2016 - Bermuda ~ First Family Cruise - Review
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#29
New York, USA
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Or what about putting that sand in medicine bottles, not clear ones but the all white ones like in Aspirin(Generic) or Tylenol???
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Caribbean Princess - May 1, 2011 - Caribbean + Bermuda Reposition to New York
Golden Princess - July 7, 2012 - Alaska Inside Passage w/Glacier Bay - Review
Regal Princess - March 15, 2015 - Eastern Caribbean ~ Maiden Caribbean Season
Carnival Sunshine - October 1, 2016 - Bermuda ~ First Family Cruise - Review
Carnival Victory - November 17, 2017 - Bahamas ~ Carnival LIVE Concert Series featuring Nick Jonas! - Review
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Carnival Sunrise - June 24, 2019 - Bermuda & Grand Turk ~ My first ship 10 years later re-imagined (Gold)

#30
Boston area
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Joined Nov 2010
I've been bringing home sand for years - not soil. I found some small keep sake bottles at the local craft store (also available on amazon.com) They call them storage jars at A. C. Moore (Product # 323304) a six pack of six oz jars with metal lids. I note the beach, island and GPS coordinates (thank you google earth) and label each one. I now have a nice collection of "beaches" complete with a few tiny shells from each one.
I transport in ziploc bags and have never had a problem. After all, there are worse things to smuggle home from Montego Bay than a bag of sand.
Ya mon!
#31
New Jersey
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Joined Apr 2009
Dear Steve: I think most are talking about sand from the caribbean. We are going on a Baltic cruise in June. Has anyone found any shells along beaches in Baltic ports? Have collected many caribbean shells. Brought them home in ziplock bags, wrapped in washcloths, etc. Transper them into clear jars with lids when home. Have over 20 jars which i keep in my bathroom that has tropical theme. Elaine
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#32
Phoenix, Arizona
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Joined May 2008
There are just a few beaches where it is prohibited to take the sand, one being the Great Barrier Reef--no sand, no shells.

Others don't care so much. When we visited Mt. Etna they invited us to take us much lava home as we wanted to. They said, "Don't worry, we've got plenty to spare"

Boy, do they ever!
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#33
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Joined Mar 2007
My DH has been bringing sand home from our travels for years. He buys a little corked bottle with the locations name on it and empties its' contents out. You can always find these at the souvenir shops, dirt cheap. Then puts the sand for that beach(Nassau, Grand Turk, Maui, etc) in the bottle. Looks like he bought it already filled. Never had a problem anywhere.
#34
Troy, NY, USA
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Joined Oct 2003
My wife used to collect sand from all of the beaches in the Caribbean. She used Zip Loc Bags. We never had problems with customs - But we created quite the scene with TSA in Miami. They later said when the bags of sand went through the screener, it had the same consistency as explosives!
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#35
Phoenix, Arizona
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Joined May 2008
That's really odd. I've brought sand several times and never had it mentioned. My Barcelona sand is the prettiest: lots of black flecks in it and gold ones, too (iron pyrite, I am sure since I didn't see anyone panning for gold).
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197 days at sea so far:
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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, Carnival Legend 2017
Western Caribbean, Carnival Dream 2017
Southern Caribbean, Carnival Sunshine 2018
Mediterranean, Carnival Horizon 2018
Transatlantic, Carnival Horizon 2018

#36
East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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Joined May 2004
The only sand I collected as a souvenir was from Bermuda (yes, it really is pink ). Some shops even sell sand in small sealed bottles.
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#37
New York
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Joined Jul 2011
Originally posted by Hootsie
It clearly states "no soil" on the customs form but I have to admit I'm a sand collector. We put them in little bottles from Pier One that are made for spices (have a cork in the top). They are in a shelf in the family room and we must have almost 20 different ones. It's so cool to see the different colors/textures from around the world. It's quite a conversation piece when people come over.

I just take a film canister sized sample and when I get home, I put it in the microwave to kill any gross bugs/germs that may have been included. I know that still doesn't make it right, but I'm just telling you what I do.
Wow. I would have never thought of that on either level, thanks for the warning!
#38
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Joined Mar 2017
Going on my first cruise in May 2017. So excited! Cruise Critic has been a great help with so many of the questions I had and have . Will definitely post about my first cruise.
Thanks everyone for the help.
#39
Florida
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Joined Nov 2008
Yes you can bring home sand .
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#40
Wisconsin
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Joined Jan 2010
We were in Australia I'm October and didn't declare anything on the form, but when asked I did tell the guy I had kangaroo & emu jerky from a shop. He made us go through the screening. During the search for the jerky one of the girls pulled out the zip lock bags of sand. She asked a couple of people including one that seemed to be the supervisor/one in charge "do we care about sand?" Before putting the sand back in the suit case. We couldn't here the responses to her question, but the didn't seem to have an issue. The jerky was fine too and I'm assuming it's because it was processed and in a retail packaging

I didn't declare the sand as on the form the same paragraph that asks about "soil" also asks if you've been on a farm, ranch or pasture. I assume sand is not in their definition of "soil" as it appears, my interpretation, is that they are try to catch organisms that could hurt our agriculture industry. After that experience I won't declare sand.

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