Another thing to note...if the cigar appears to have been tampered with as far as the label, or if it has no label, unless you have a receipt to prove otherwise the assumption made by Customs is that it is a contraband cigar.
A little known fact about the Cuban Embargo is that technically it is illegal for a U.S. citizen to buy a Cuban cigar anywhere in the world. Obviously this would be hard to enforce but that is what the law says.
People only want the Cuban cigars because, since they are illegal, they consider them to be more exotic. Truth is, I can pick a non-cuban selection from a humidor and match it with a cuban from the same humidor and the vast majority of even experienced smokers won't be able to tell the difference. If Cuban cigars were legalized next week, you will see an overnight rush to buy them but, within a month, people will realize that they have been silly for decades. Some varieties from the Dominican Republic and other Eastern Caribbean locales, are just as much or more desirable than their Cuban counterparts.
Do you have any favorites drlivingston? One of my co-workers loves cigars. I don't smoke them, so I have no clue what good ones are. He's always asking me to bring him some back. I'm sure I've bought some really lowsy ones, since I have no clue what I'm doing.
Ok I feel like I need to reply. I never thought about bringing an excessive amount of legal or illegal cigars back. I rarely smoke any cigars, just wanted some for the cruise. I also highly doubt that 1-2 cigars in my suitcase in my dirty clothes would not raise any eyebrows. I could be wrong. It wouldn't be the first time, nor the last. I also don't make a point of breaking any laws intentionally.
mwne2nks- Sorry if it was implied that we were accusing you of breaking laws. Go ahead and try a cuban. No one is going to arrest you.
It is just this feel into this mode where we try to discourage folks from discussing breaking cruise ship rules and we pretty much saw sCruph's response as a "how to break the rules post". I'm sure he was tellign you to start an international smuggling ring, but it didn't stop everyone from piling on about rule breaking...
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Originally posted by mwne2nks:
I did a search and didn't find anything, so I started a new thread. We are on the Navigator in March and stopping at ocho rios ans grand cayman, I would like to purchase some good cigars. Where would you go? Not looking for illegal cigars just better then we can get around here. Thanks!
mwne2nks, Your initial post was very clear that you were not trying to buy the illegal variety. Sorry it appeared you were being targeted by some including my post. I assure you I didn't intend this. I'm very happy to have you here and you were not out of line in any way with the question. I hope you find some great cigars to enjoy during your cruise. If I were going I'd hang out on the balcony with you and smoke one.
Sorry for any confusion over this. My post was directed at those who do intend to skirt the rules and laws. Being new to our hang out here, and welcome by the way, you just caught the reaction from the many posters that have come before you with less honorable intentions.
Originally posted by TrvlPro:
How do you suggest I prop my balcony door open with bungee cords?
I don't understand why this one is a problem. I would guess because of the AC, but that turns off automatically when the door is open on most ships, right? Haven't done this myself, but I have seen a few people ask this question.
Not trying to cause a problem, just honestly need some clarification.
I actually bought my bungie cords already, I thought it sounded like a good way to get fresh air into the cabin as well as being able to listen to the ocean. well waves whatever. Now I am reading that it is frowned upon because of air conditioning, Gurus, whats the deal?