my older sister (whom i love to death but is a little strange) has asked me to bring a glass bottle on my upcoming cruise with a note inside, and wants me to chuck it overboard for her. she honestly believes (at age 32) that her bottle will be washed ashore in an exotic land and will be found by a good-natured, english-speaking foreigner who is willing to take the time to write to her. she has done actual research on different kinds of glass bottles, and corks, and ocean currents and everything.
i am leaving my opinions of my sister's insanity out of this! however, she literally saved my life once and wants me to do this for her to pay her back, which i had promised to do.
yes, i'm sure you're not supposed to fling stuff overboard. i'm sure if i get caught i'll probably get in trouble. and yes, i'm almost positive that even the sturdiest of bottles will break, even though we're only on the 3rd deck up. yet, a promise made to someone who saved your life is right up there with a promise made to someone on their death bed.
anyone ever done this or tried this?
Life isn't measured by the number of breaths you take, but by the moments that take your breath away.
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Contemplating a cruise wedding in 2010
Your sister is quite the romantic. Where will you be going? I would suggest you releasing the bottle in one of the port areas as the tide is going out, or from one of the tender boats. That way you will be closer to the water. Yes it is illegal to thrown anything off, so you will have to be careful. To bad she would be satisfied with a souvenir.
You've asked the right person! In 1996, I tossed a wine bottle off the Sun Princess after leaving Cozumel, late at night, from the aft Promenade Deck. 30 days later I received a call that the bottle had been found 10 miles east of Key Largo. The finder worked for the Florida Marine Patrol and I asked him if I was "busted". He said, no and even gave me a few tips.
1. Dry the bottle out completely with a hair dryer.
2. At your first port, get a little baggie full of sand, pour it in the bottle to make it stay floating upright, keeping the cork drier.
3. Don't use Flair type pens that might smear if wet. Use a ball-point.
That bottle traveled over 1,000 miles in 30 days!
Last year, on the Dawn Princess, I threw a bottle in almost the same place and 40 days later received an e-mail from a couple who found it on a beach in North Carolina!
Now, as for actually tossing it - don't let anyone onboard see you! Go to the very aft of the ship late at night, make sure no one is watching and toss it into the wake of the ship. I'm sure it's highly illegal from the ship's standpoint. Of course, never act guilty and deny everything.
I think your sister has a great idea - it's fun to see what the sea can do. And, if you quote me, I'll deny it til my death!