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Old 05-29-2013, 04:18 PM   #1
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Sand souvienir questions?

Are we able to collect sand for a souvienir at castaway cay? I wanted to get my dd 4 little bottles to collect sand from each port stop and was just wondering if this would be allowed! Don't want to mention the idea to her and then it not be allowed!
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Old 05-29-2013, 04:21 PM   #2
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I don't have a goo awnser for you maybe someone will... I know you can't bring shells unless this has recently changed... I do har sand from cc on accident it was I see the sole of my water shoes but I have not see a no on sand... Wouldn't hurt to ask customs

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Old 05-29-2013, 04:35 PM   #3
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I don't have a goo awnser for you maybe someone will... I know you can't bring shells unless this has recently changed... I do har sand from cc on accident it was I see the sole of my water shoes but I have not see a no on sand... Wouldn't hurt to ask customs

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Yes I've read no shells etc! And I completely understand if what I wanna do isn't allowed either! Lol! Just really hoping it is! :P
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Old 05-29-2013, 04:46 PM   #4
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Went on the Western Caribbean last October and we got a sandwich bag full of sand at every port. We had no issues getting back on the ship with it and all the sand we pack at the end of the cruise was in our luggage when we got home to Cali.
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Old 05-29-2013, 04:49 PM   #5
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Lol I completely understand better safe than a huge fine.. I never seen a sign say no sand but better off to check!!

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Old 05-29-2013, 04:53 PM   #6
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Went on the Western Caribbean last October and we got a sandwich bag full of sand at every port. We had no issues getting back on the ship with it and all the sand we pack at the end of the cruise was in our luggage when we got home to Cali.
Woohoo it's the western Caribbean we r going on as well! Thanks for the info!
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Old 05-29-2013, 04:57 PM   #7
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Funny you should ask that..........

We collected a small sample (like a 2 oz bottle size) of sand from CC and Nassau, for our daughter as well.

Being a good and honest (cough) citizen, as I went though customs at PC, I dutifully told the agent.........he looked me right in the eye and said:

*and your telling me this why?*

OK... all that said, it was only our experience, better ask a customs agent (they are around) when you check in to make sure its still ok!

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Old 05-29-2013, 05:04 PM   #8
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Funny you should ask that..........

We collected a small sample (like a 2 oz bottle size) of sand from CC and Nassau, for our daughter as well.

Being a good and honest (cough) citizen, as I went though customs at PC, I dutifully told the agent.........he looked me right in the eye and said:

*and your telling me this why?*

OK... all that said, it was only our experience, better ask a customs agent (they are around) when you check in to make sure its still ok!

Have a great cruise.

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Thank u very much! Guess ill gather our little bottles! Ill be sure to ask a customs agent as well so I don't end up embarrassed later! Lol!
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Old 05-29-2013, 05:53 PM   #9
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http://cbp.gov/xp/cgov/travel/cleari..._prod_inus.xml

From Customs and Border Patrol (bolding mine):
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.
Essentially, the page says you should always declare it, but indicates that beach sand is usually fine.

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Old 05-29-2013, 06:01 PM   #10
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http://cbp.gov/xp/cgov/travel/cleari..._prod_inus.xml

From Customs and Border Patrol (bolding mine):
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.
Essentially, the page says you should always declare it, but indicates that beach sand is usually fine.

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Pretty sure they're talking about those little decorative souvenir bottles of sand you can buy at the gift shops/vendor stands. Not just random sand you pick up on the beach and put in a bottle yourself.
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There use to be a sign somewhere on CC that said "Leave only footprints, take only memories." Would imagine that sand would be considered the same as shells. Even if it's not a matter of customs rules, if everyone took sand/shells home....
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Pretty sure they're talking about those little decorative souvenir bottles of sand you can buy at the gift shops/vendor stands. Not just random sand you pick up on the beach and put in a bottle yourself.
That's probably true - considering they specify "pure sand", which beach sand is not likely to be. The concern (much with shells) is the transportation of live organisms into the US that could cause issues in the wild for our indigenous species. You can't really guarantee beach sand doesn't host some sort of live organisms.
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We wound up with souvenir sand by accident. Between the five of us that went, we brought back enough sand in our water shoes to make a Christmas ornament full of sand.....
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Old 05-29-2013, 07:57 PM   #14
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While I'm sure people do and you may do this with noone saying anyyhing, I personally would not nor would I want my kiddos to think it was ok? There are lots of crafty (and "free") souvenir/memory ideas to come up with. It may sound dilly but I do believe in the "if everyone did this, would it then be ok" doctrine. Just my 0.02
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I thought about doing this too, but then I thought, that why would I want to take it? If I have something to remember it by, then I won't feel the need to return, ya know? I vote for not collecting sand anywhere, it's a cool idea, but is rather try and leave the environment as pristine as I can.

And from a shell vs sand standpoint, the sand on cc is mostly crushed shells, so taking the sand is basically taking the shells...
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