Caribbean Cruise

Caribbean Cruise

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    Caribbean Cruise

    Has anyone been on a cruise to the Caribbean? Is that a no-gun place? A no-knife place?

    What about the cruise ship? Is that the same? Would your firearm or gun be detected upon boarding?


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    i have been. i brought my pocket knife but i dont think firearms are allowed.

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    Most Caribbean Islands are very tight on firearm laws, especially the British-ruled or formerly ruled ones.
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    Pocket knife/penknife will usually pass. No weapons or defense sprays.

    Your luggage and carrry on bags go through a scanner and passengers go through metal detectors whenever they board or reboard the ship.

    Been on more than 13 Caribbean cruises (just got back from a 2 week cruise to the southern Caribbean) and have never had a problem. Stay away from seedy areas and use taxi's that are licensed.

    Most ships will leave port around dark but if not be careful if you are out and about alone.

    Sad but most places, no matter where you are, have areas to avoid but if you stick to cruiseline excursions and reliable cabs you will have a ball.

    Some Caribbean countries are good about gun ownership, but that is only if you are a citizen or have some type of government or law enforcement duties and get permission.

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    Just don't fall off the boat.

    I don't want to have to watch another 20/20 special about dangerous cruises.

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    Cool

    You are not allowed to board the ship with any firearm. Ninteen cruises here. Never use ship's excursions. Don't like the herd mentality and moving at someone elses pace. Like to think I'm a traveler rather than a tourist.

    I seem to remember that "dive knives" must be turned in and held by the purser's desk until you leave the ship in port.

    Ship security is very much like the TSA at airports.

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    Wife and I do not go on the ship's excursions either, but for a first timer it might be a good idea to at least check out which cabs can be depended on.

    Quote Originally Posted by hdawson View Post
    Ship security is very much like the TSA at airports.
    One note on that point. Last week was the first time our passports did not have to be shown when we returned to the U.S.A. All we showed was our customs declaration, which as usual had way more than the allowed booze quota..

    And "YES" our last port before returning was a foreign port.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shpadoinkel View Post
    Just don't fall off the boat.

    I don't want to have to watch another 20/20 special about dangerous cruises.

    I'd be more scared of puking the whole time.

    And I do really really hate that. I dont particularly like being around that many people anyway...being around that many puking people....na huh.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 9MMare View Post
    I'd be more scared of puking the whole time.

    And I do really really hate that. I dont particularly like being around that many people anyway...being around that many puking people....na huh.
    Thread killa!

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    cruise stuff

    I did a R/C cruise, as stated above, firearms are prohibited. Knives are subject to their interpretation. I carried a SAK escort, Boker Subcon, Buck Hartsook, and Spyderco Salt. I used the Boker as a money clip and it went through the initial boarding without a question. The Spyderco was in my luggage. Even thought the rules and regulations stated knives under 4" are allowed, my suitcase went to security. I had to surrender the Spyderco to security. They used the smallest security guard and used the width of her fingers to say it was too big. They gave me a receipt to take it upon departure for shore excursions. There were no secondary metal detectors leaving the ship. When I returned, they did not take the Spyderco back into security, they only cared about alcohol. So I was only without my "big" blade for 36 hours.

    Mostly they drop you off in the t-shirt and trinket district. Watch for pick pockets. I know the shore excursions are overpriced, but the boat is responsible for you (i.e. wont leave without you) if you book it through them.

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    Be careful. Check the laws where you port, some islands do not even allow knives. We are NOT the Caribbean (the older citizens get REAL mad if called caribbean) but in Bermuda if you are found with a knife it's a mandatory prison sentence. So just do quick google search for laws.
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    I have yet to see a cruise ship that will allow you to even check a firearm onboard, let alone bring it with you. And for the Caribbean Islands, I doubt that you would find a place that would allow you to have it. Leave it at home for the cruise.
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    Cruise ships (other than one that services Hawaii) are foreign flagged and poo poo firearms.
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    Have taken several Caribbean cruises and took local taxi's and guides with never a problem. On a Panama Canal cruise however, you are not allowed to get off the ship unless you have booked an excursion. This tells me more about safety. The cruise lines are more serious about security checks than airports. Leave your weapons at home or don't go. Once you get out of federal waters, you have no rights and are not free. Don't prove it by rotting in a jail in some third world country.

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    I worked many years for one of the biggest cruise lines in the world, and FIREARMS ARE A HUGE NO, so are Pocket KNIVES etc (you can bring the knives in your luggage) but if you carry it with you the metal detector when you enter back on board can get you in trouble.

    Suggestion is NO

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