St. Kitt's - bringing food ashore

Are you allowed to bring food ashore when in Port or does it depend on the Port stop?

We have an excursion booked for St. Kitts that runs from 1030am - 2pm, our itinerary just got changed & we will now be in port 3hrs earlier than expected so in order to fit in everything our plan is to eat breakfast on ship, go ashore to do some looking around/souvenir shopping before our 1030am excursion & then hopefully hit the beach after our excursion ends. I had hoped to bring some items from buffet ashore in my bag so we have something to eat while on our excursion since it will fall over lunch. Will this be possible or will we have to stick it out & eat once our excursion is done? More concerned about my kids than my husband or myself.

7 Answers

Taking food ashore is not generally permitted especially fruit (sometimes cereal can be taken). There are several announcements about this that people ignore, and then it is confiscated as they leave the ship.

Unless it is commercially packaged and sealed, it will probably be against the local agriculture laws to take it ashore.

In other words, unopened boxed cereal is probably OK, a sandwich is not OK.

We always bring prepackaged granola bars or packaged dehydrated fruit, or bags of nuts, from home, to have for a snack. There are always signs at the exit area and garbage bins for collecting fresh food that people want to take off the ship. It's also in the daily FunTimes that taking food off is not permitted, but the prepackaged cereals are ok I think.

If your family is picky eaters I can understand bringing ashore commercially prepared factory sealed snacks as hold overs till able to return to the ship for a meal. But otherwise why not help support that island's local economy by buying lunch while there.

Hundreds if not thousands of tourist in hotels and resorts have to eat somewhere. Also you'd be surprised how many US based franchise restaurants are open in the Caribbean for those opposed to local foods.

That's a great point in helping the community's economy by buying things from there. It's always good to taste other places delicacies.

Personally, I'm skeptical about buying food in many ports. The level of cleanliness and food safety is quite different from the ship, and standards at home. I sure don't want to risk getting sick from eating in a strange place.

Those small boxes of cereal are perfect to take ashore or even the little packets of sealed crackers. I have brought cookies ashore from the ship without a problem but don't recommend it to others. Bring some sealed snacks with you on the cruise for the kids to munch on such as small sealed bags of nuts.


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