Cruise passengers around the world usually carry around many things and it is common to see them walk around with big suitcases stuffed with everything!

But what many people don't know is that there are many restrictions regarding some particular items that are not allowed on board a cruise ship.

The main cruise companies draw up a list of forbidden items, some of them are obvious, some not so much.

For your curiosity, fere's a list of the main items that you are not allowed to put in your suitcase the next cruise you sail on.

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1. Hair dryers and small electrical appliances

Small electrical appliances like irons, kettles, hair dryers, hair straighteners and such are banned on board. These appliances are obviously not allowed due to the danger if they are let unattended.

Dear Italians, if you are wondering, the prohibition includes elettrical cookers and moka pots to prepare home made coffee!

Forthe rest, you can always use the services available on board (like the laundry). Some ships don't even allow electrical brushes, so be sure to read the cruise line policy before.

 

Small electrical appliances like har dryers, hair straighteners and kettles can't be brought on board a cruise ship

Small electrical appliances like har dryers, hair straighteners and kettles can't be brought on board a cruise ship

2. Animals

Right, this time “Fido” will have to stay at home! On board (most) cruise ships animals are not allowed.

Dogs, cats and other pets are not allowed on board with a sole exception: guide dogs. In this case, you would be allowed to take your dog with you.

You will have to send a communication to the cruise line at least 60 days prior to departure and provide documents: certificate sanitary information, vaccination, etc).

As an exception to the rule, Queen Mary 2 is the only cruise ship where pets are not only allowed but treated like VIPs!

Dogs, for instance, will have a dog master assigned who will tkae care of them during the journey and they will receive a 5-star treatment. Cats will have a special area for them alone.

On board (most) cruise ships pets are not allowed

On board (most) cruise ships pets are not allowed

3. Kites and inflatable toys

Unbeliaveable but true, also kites are banned on board, as well as inflatable toys except the ones that the company provides on board.

It is a matter of passenger safety.

Kids might not take it right, but you must be informed that kites are not allowed on board!

Kids might not take it right, but you must be informed that kites are not allowed on board!

4. Weapons, ammunition and explosive substances (!)

We know what you are probably thinking, but... we told you, right? Some things are so obvious!

Seriously though, your safety is a priority for all cruise lines, so if you want to avoid embarassing moments at the metal detector, convince your child not to bring their toy ninja throwing stars!

Obviously, weapons and ammunition must not be brought on board!

Obviously, weapons and ammunition must not be brought on board!

5. Musical instruments

On board most cruise ships you won't be able to bring musical instruments of any kind (even small ones) because they could disturb other passengers.

But if you absolutely can't resist playing your brand new ukelele, you can sail with Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises where instruments are allowed as long as you don't disturb other passengers, otherwise, your instrument will be confiscated!

We are afraid musicians, except a few exceptions, won't be able to travel on a cruise with their instruments

We are afraid musicians, except a few exceptions, won't be able to travel on a cruise with their instruments

6. Water sports equipment

Regarding water sports equipment, rules vary from cruise line to cruise line. Norwegian Cruise, for instance, bans them absolutely, while other companies allow the transportation of some items, except knives, rifles and tanks.

Surfboards are also prohibited, but you can always rent one off board. Royal Caribbean allows you to bring your board if it fits a certain measure, but obviously you won't be able to use it on the ship swimming pools, only once you disembark. 

Rules regarding water sports equipment vary from cruise line to cruise line.

Rules regarding water sports equipment vary from cruise line to cruise line.

7. Skateboards and wheelie shoes

Yeah, we know you were thinking of practicing your glides on the deck of the ship speeding among the sunbeds doing ollies and half-pipes.

We are sorry! We must give you bad news: skateboards and wheelie shoes -so cool for the young ones- are strictly prohibited on board… you'll have to play Tony Hawk only on your Play Station!

No glides nor tricks on board: skateboards and wheelie shoes are forbidden on cruise ships

No glides nor tricks on board: skateboards and wheelie shoes are forbidden on cruise ships

8. Metal Detector

You would very likely not be able to fit a metal detector in your suitcase, but if you have the gold fever and were feeling the urge to find coins at the bottom of the swimming pool, know that it is not allowed! (and Thank God! editor's note)

It seems obvious, but if most ship lines indicate that metal detectors are forbidden items, it means there must be a precedent!

Maybe it's better!

Maybe it's better!

9. Fireworks, gas, infectious and poisonous substances

Ok, understood. Let's move forward to the next point!

p.s. regarding fireworks, the ban aplies to New Year's Eve too!

Even at New Year's Eve fireworks and explosive items are totally forbidden on board

Even at New Year's Eve fireworks and explosive items are totally forbidden on board

10. Non-packaged food products

Probably you already knew this, but we remind you anyway that every cruise ship strictly forbids non-packaged food products on board.

Contaminated food could bring diseases on board and trigger a dangerous chain reaction involving passengers and crew! Better prevent!

Non-packaged food products are not allowed on board

Non-packaged food products are not allowed on board

11. Glass bottles

If you are about to go on board with one or more glass bottles, they will be inmediately confiscated.

The only way solution is to buy drinks on board with an all inclusive package or a special drink package.

Glass bottles are not allowed on board a cruise ship

Glass bottles are not allowed on board a cruise ship

12. Martial Arts Equipment (!)

Last, but not least! It will seem obvious but many cruise lines explicitly forbid Martial Arts Equipment!

Also, in case you have mad ideas about what to put in your suitcase, baseball, cricket and hockey bats are not allowed on board.

It will seem obvious but bringing Martial Arts Equipment in a cruise ship is forbidden

It will seem obvious but bringing Martial Arts Equipment in a cruise ship is forbidden

These are our tips, please, share this articIe with your friends and don't misbehave!

Enjoy your trip!


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