Carnival Kicks Off Passengers For Bringing On Bees
By Associated Press
January 7, 2002, 11:29 AM EST
MIAMI -- A group of would-be passengers brought 160 bees in bottles onto a cruise ship, and were eventually kicked off the trip.
The bees "were in bottles and they maintained that they were intending to use the bees for medicinal reasons," said Jennifer de la Cruz, a Carnival spokeswoman.
"We took the six passengers off to err on the side of caution while we further investigated what they were up to," she said. The departure was delayed three hours.
Carnival officials grew suspicious Sunday when the passengers repeatedly reboarded the ship. Each time they left, they came back with bees, de la Cruz said.
The six passengers -- who were not identified -- were removed from the Carnival Victory, which carried nearly 3,000 other vacationers and was headed to the Caribbean.
Carnival is conducting an investigation, as is the National Guard, the Immigration and Naturalization Service and state agriculture officials.
Carnival and the INS did not return calls from The Associated Press on Monday seeking further comment. Spokesmen for the National Guard and agriculture officials said they would try to get information on the case.
I'm glad the cruise line threw them off. What are people thinking out there. First there was a crazy teen that took his own life crashing a stolen plane into a high rise for Bin laden and now the bee charmers. Is there something in the air?
There is no reason to bring the actual bees on board. You can buy bee venom in vials and inject it with a needle. I saw a special this past weekend on discovery health channel about alternative medicine. A little too out there for me, all the MD's on the show said it is too dangerous to do the bee sting stuff because of the severe allergic reactions people can have. Weird and wacky stuff.
There is a lot more to this story than just the bees. Yes these 6 people were smuggling bees onboard, yes they were for supposedly medical purposes as one of the six did have a skin condition, yes it would have been much smarter to bring injectable venom, NO bees are not allowed on cruise ships or any mode of transportation going from one country to another without a special import license, THOSE INVOLVED were ALIENS, yes they were legal aliens, they WERE IRANIAN however, (red flags?), they were also discovered because of suspicious behaviour such as going off and on the ship a number of times during embarkation. Finally, no charges were made but they did not sail and they were stupid.
We were on the New Years cruise which ended Sunday. Maybe they were going to use the bees to root people out of their deck lounges! I think the early birds get out about 5:00 a.m. to reserve (harbor) them!