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Tia Jones April 21st, 2004 04:05 PM

illegal substaces?
Do people smoke on the boat.... and what are the penalties if any for illegal drugs on board?

Roynala April 21st, 2004 04:24 PM

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Hmmmmmm..I'm thinking since you will be in International Waters......using drugs would be a pretty stupid thing to do.

pnorth April 21st, 2004 04:24 PM

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I was told it is an international crime, but if you have a script for one, maybe that is ok, but I would not chance it coming back into the country they have dogs sniffing bags... I know because one boy was caught with a joint in his cig pack inside his luggage. Poor guy, just for one joint.

jedgar April 21st, 2004 04:28 PM

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Sure people smoke on board and when discovered they are turned over to the local authorities for prosecution. If you read these boards often enough you will find many
references to people being turned in by fellow passengers (boy can you really smell it on ship) and being taken off the ship in handcuffs. And if you'r caught on one of the islands be prepared to come up wit thousands of dollars and or spending a very long time in their local jails, not very pleasant in a third world country.

Tia Jones April 21st, 2004 04:31 PM

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thank u for ur responses..... but a little more specifically..... hypothetically speaking of course.... if someone were to smoke a joint on the balcony and managed to keep everything else well hidden, do u think they would get caught??

Roynala April 21st, 2004 04:35 PM

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Me personally.....don't think it's worth the risk. Have some drinks instead.

Cruisin'_Susan April 21st, 2004 04:41 PM

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probably now. Just DONT try to bring it back. You will smell it all over the ship. I dont think they really care. I wouldnt turn no one in. Geeze to each his own, as long as they dont bother me.

NHCop April 21st, 2004 04:46 PM

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From what I've read, I guess...."more specifically", you don't care to hear the answers everybody is giving you and will ultimately do whatever you want. Good luck to you for potentially blowing well spent money for a boot off the boat and potential jail.

your call

Tia Jones April 21st, 2004 04:51 PM

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i DO care and even more so appreciate allllll of these responses...... this has DEFINITELY helped my friend to decide whether or not to risk it.....;);)

PapaBill April 21st, 2004 05:16 PM

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Basically you are asking , on a public forum, for someone to make you or your friend feel better about doing something that is not only stupid from about 10 different levels , but, illegal. I'm sure you might find someone who would post " no problem" or "live and let live" , but, if the person on the next balconey complains, or you are caught boarding, neither of those responses on this board will make it better.
The facts would be. Is it done ? yes. Is it smart? No. Will you get caught? likely.
Are the penalties severe? Very.
Take whatever risk you are taking doing this on shore and multiply the risk by many fold and the consequence by many fold as well.
Now you know what you are facing . Proceed as you see fit.

diverdiver April 21st, 2004 05:16 PM

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Don't be fooled into thinking that if you smoke on the balcony, your neighboring passengers won't smell it. Not only can you smell what's going on in the balcony next to you, you can hear it, too. I've personally seen peopkle being confined to their cabin with a security guard until the next port of call, and led off in handcuffs. Just don't do it.

JeanS April 21st, 2004 05:32 PM

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Well, I guess your "friend" can sit and decide if it would be worth pondering what a dumb thing it was to do for the next 10 years as he sits in a foreign jail. I wouldn't want to be in jail in the US, but that certainly would have preference over one where rights don't mean as much! And if they're willing to put you at risk also, I think I'd find another friend to go with...

I would suggest keeping that stuff in your own house, at least! IF he insists on doing it at all...

UConn1 April 21st, 2004 05:57 PM

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There were people arrested for drugs onboard 2 of my nine cruises and on one, we were behind a guy who got caught trying to get on the boat with it - I think in Ocho Rios - isn't that where they have security searching bags in the building leading to the pier?

If it were me (won't ever be - I have/will never done drugs), I would not take the risk.


neverpar April 21st, 2004 06:23 PM

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"Your friend" isn't thinking very does he/she think they are going to get it on board? How are they going to get it through security at the airport? They have dog sniffing everything, and I mean everything. Everything that goes on that ship gets sniffed by a dog. They have dogs on the pier sniffing all the food that comes in and the luggage also. I wouldn't even give it a try. If caught, the consequences could be severe....

Stacowgirl April 21st, 2004 06:42 PM

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It's not legal period so why would you even come one these boards and ask such a question to other cruisers. No one on here should even tell you that its ok. Seems like you are looking for someone to say "hey, yeah I did it and didn't get caught". Well if "your friend" is on my cruise and I smell it I'll be the first one to turn he or she in. You mean to tell me a person can't go on a cruise and not have it for a few days. I thought weed isn't suppose to be addictive. Go Figure. And I surely don't think that people want someone on their cruise stone out of their mind, setting the boat a fire or going over board and causing the boat to make an emergency stop. Tell your friend to leave the weed at home and don't buy none in the islands because you'll be surprised which person selling weed is an actual seller or a undercover cop.

Dr Jon April 21st, 2004 09:46 PM

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If you need it that bad you would better off staying at home and not taking the kind of chance and penalties that could happen. You sound like a nice person that has a habit that could get you in major trouble in a foreign country. I hope you make the right choice and leave it at home. Good sailing, Dr Jon

dien2cruize April 21st, 2004 10:19 PM

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I would have to agree with the majority here. Leave it at home and enjoy your vacation. It is illegal and DEFINETLY not worth the risk. If I smelled it on my cruise/s I would also turn it in. Sorry.

keli April 22nd, 2004 01:11 AM

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bet you're sorry you asked. don't be. take everyone advice. DON'T DO IT!!
you WILL get caught. don't delibratly ruin your vacation. and don't let your friend take you into it either.

ssatterly April 22nd, 2004 06:09 AM

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I would have to trun it in as well if I saw or smelled it I have 2 children and I don't want them exsposed to it

leavensunday April 22nd, 2004 09:42 AM

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Are you an idiot or just a complete airhead??? We watched as three people were being not so nicely placed in handcuffs and given a special ride from the boat to the nearest jail house for having drugs on them. Good grief people-obviously you have a big problem if you have to ASK on a message board, which, by the way, NOT EVERYONE WHO READS THESE POSTS ARE ADULTS-THERE ARE CHILDREN AROUND. I have absolutely NO TIME for people who use/abuse illegal drugs. Get a life.

Jim Bragg April 22nd, 2004 09:49 AM

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Specifically...considering they do not grow that crap onboard you would have to smuggle it onboard somehow and if you are caught you will go to jail, simple. Do not think it can't happen as I have personally seen more than one person stopped and searched and arrested trying to board with illegal drugs. Drug penalties in the islands are very severe and could result in many years behind bars for even a small amount. In addition their prisons are horrific and you will need quite a bit of money sent to you to even survive inside one of those places so that you can eat or attend to even the barest of necessities. Bottom line, it is beyond stupid to even try.

erwin April 22nd, 2004 09:54 AM

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If you do get caught and sInce you'll be in international waters, ask that you be tried in Amsterdam.

People, what's wrong with a little weed. How hypocritical when almost everyone will be walking around with alcoholic beverages. Trust me, alcohol does a lot more harm to your body than weed.

Roynala April 22nd, 2004 09:59 AM

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I guess your argument would be correct if weed was legal, but it's not. While alcohol is.That's the difference.

Jim Bragg April 22nd, 2004 10:04 AM

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Very stupid advice. First you do not choose where you are tried, second, what is wrong with a little weed is that it is illegal and you can and will spend many, many years in a horrible prison IF you live through it. All your justification in the world does not refute these simple facts.

marycruiser April 22nd, 2004 10:26 AM

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I have to agree with Erwin. You people need to lighten up! If you think smoking a little pot is the worst thing taking place on your cruise, you need to look around a bit! When it comes to breaking the rules, we must also condemn the booze smugglers, chair hogs, dress-code violators, truant children, drunk teenagers, and the ever-popular nursing-at-formal-dinner mothers! Notwithstanding that marijuana use is illegal in the States, those other violations are equally a breech of the rules of ethics and consideration. As for suggesting "have a few drinks instead", obviously YOU are not in the company of recovering alcoholics. Funny how quickly our self-medicating society condemns pot, which BTW is legal and perfectly acceptable in some countries. Just because you don't condone it, don't say nobody else can partake. There are much worse things happening: swing by the casino and see the compulsive gamblers scraping more and more credit out of their accounts; or sit at a bar and watch alcoholics lose control.

TIA, one thing I do agree on is DO NOT try to take it home with you. I assume your friend is planning on having only a very small amount, for their own personal consumption. Just be careful, and since it obviously bothers many folks, be considerate. That said, have a blast on your cruise!!

jennifervail April 22nd, 2004 10:29 AM

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But - it's NOT legal on the ship! That's all there is to it. Unfortunately, chair-hogging and breast-feeding are legal, but this is not.

All the rationalizations in the world won't help you while sitting in a Jamaican jail cell.

Mike-Suz April 22nd, 2004 11:23 AM

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After seeing the dogs at the Port Of Tampa and how they sniffed every inch of everything (including my wife and me) I would strongly siggest that you not take the risk of bringing pot on board a cruise ship. Unfortunately it IS still illegal and you WILL be arrested when they DO find it.

It's not worth the risk.

JeanS April 22nd, 2004 12:09 PM

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I think Erwin & MaryC have been smoking too much of this stuff! It's not a discussion of how you feel about smoking pot, it's the FACT that it is still illegal! Sure, there are worse things people can do, but they're not going to wind up in a foreign jail over it! Sit down for a moment and THINK about it!

dusty April 22nd, 2004 12:10 PM

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doing any kind of drugs any where is stupid and dangerous and i hope i dont see them doing it on the ship i will be on!!!

maho April 22nd, 2004 02:27 PM

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If you do try it
Let us know how that works out for you
It'll be interesting to find out if it's worth it
Personally...why would you even take the chance DUH

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