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Ah, U.S. Customs. While we dreaded customs on our first cruise, we quickly found that the rules aren’t hard to understand, and the process is smooth if you pay attention. If you feel unsure about customs and debarkation in general, attend the debarkation talk on the afternoon of the day before disembarkation (or catch it on TV in your stateroom later that evening).

You are required to declare everything that you purchased or were given as a gift on the ship, in your foreign ports of call, and on Castaway Cay. Fill out the U.S. Customs Declaration Form left in your stateroom on your last night (extra forms are available at Guest Services) Fill it in and sign and date the form—you will hand it to customs during debarkation.

Fruit taken off the ship

Each guest is allowed a total duty-free allowance of $800 (3-, 4- and 5-night cruises, 7-night Western Caribbean) or $1,600 (7-night Eastern Caribbean cruises). Liquor and tobacco have special limits. One liter of liquor per person over 21 years of age is exempt from duties (Eastern Caribbean cruisers are allowed four more liters from the Virgin Islands). One carton of cigarettes and 100 cigars (other than Cuban cigars, which are not allowed at all) are exempt (Eastern Caribbean cruisers can add four more cartons of cigarettes if purchased in St. Thomas). If you exceed the customs allowances, you must report to the Customs Inspector before you debark the ship—check the debarkation sheet left in your stateroom. If you exceed your customs allowances, you will need to have cash on hand to pay your duties—no checks, traveler’s checks, or credit cards are accepted.

Read more about the U.S. Customs Laws online at https://www.cbp.gov/travel/us-citizens/know-before-you-go. Keep in mind that anything that you don’t declare is considered smuggled—don’t forget any items you won onboard. The duties on declared items are low, but the penalties for smuggled items are high. And don’t try to carry off items that aren’t allowed, such as fresh fruit or flowers—you can face a stiff fine. You’d be surprised how many try to “smuggle” a banana unwittingly (see photo).

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Top Photo Slice: Your typical customs allowance (℗ 4975) Photo contributed by © chezp



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