Originally Posted by Dave Beers
By the way, we had the most clearcut and refreshing encounter with the CBP officer at Mobile. I handed him the passports and declaration. He looked at them, and then simply asked "are you returning to the United States with anything you didn't have with you when you left?" "Yes." "Can you describe the items?" "Two liters of Tanqueray, a pile of t-shirts, three ball caps, and two refrigerator magnets". "Any fruit or agricultural products?" "No." "Thank you and welcome back."
Dave, I'm happy Customs went so well for you. Besides the problem's from the crew on "turnaround day", we also were (finally) met by two officers who didn't have a clue what a B2B cruise was. They wanted to know where our luggage was (ummm, on board), when was the last time we were out of the country (ummm, about 4 AM?). Finall
y, their Captain showed up and took a glance at our passports and let us get back on board. By then, one of the ship's dancer's from Romania (I think)who was going through Custom's (apparently they have to on a certain schedule?) was in tears, thinking she was not going to be let back on the ship.
It was a real
mess and took over an hour instead of the usual 10 minutes!