What NOT to pack for a cruise vacation

When getting onboard a ship, there are things you can’t take with you. To avoid having problems, I’ll list the most common ones in most cruiselines.

At the port, you’ll check in your bag and get onboard without it. The crew will deliver your bags at the cabin’s door, and if there’s any problem, they’ll leave a note for you to go somewhere get your bags. One of the reasons for this to happen is that you may be taking onboard prohibited things, that will stay with the crew until you leave the ship.

All cruiselines decided that the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is not allowed onboard.

Royal Caribbean official website says:

“Weapons, illegal drugs, and other items that could interfere with the safe operation of the ship or the safe and secure environment of our guests and crew are prohibited. The United States Transportation Security Administration also recommends that you do not pack fragile or expensive items (such as jewelry) in checked luggage.”

How to organize your luggage

The company gives this list of things that will be kept by the crew until you leave the ship:

  • Firearms & Ammunition, including realistic replicas.
  • Sharp Objects, including knives and scissors (shaving razors and knives with less than 4″ are allowed).
  • Illegal Drugs & Substances
  • Candles & Incense
  • Coffee Makers, Clothes Irons, & Hot Plates
  • Baseball Bats, Hockey Sticks, Cricket Bats, Bows & Arrows
  • Skateboards & Surfboards
  • Martial Arts Gear
  • Self-Defense Gear, including handcuffs, pepper spray, night sticks.
  • Flammable Liquids and Explosives, including lighter fluid and fireworks (these will not be given back)
  • HAM Radios
  • Electrical Extension Cords
Electrical Extension Cord
  • Dangerous Chemicals, including bleach and paint.


Cunard has a very similar list, but includes more things, such as:

  • Large batteries
  • Items not supplied by the Company containing any kind of heating element, such as but not limited to: immersion heaters, heating blankets, clothes irons, water heaters, coffee machines with heating / hot plates, etc.
  • Any remotely controlled or autonomously flying devices, toys or drones

  • Self-balancing hover boards, air wheels, scooters, or Segways

  • Compressed gas tanks, bottles, cylinders including dive tanks, propane tanks and aerosol cans (I honestly don’t know WHY someone would, but ok)
  • Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB), ham radios, satellite phones, transformers, lasers and laser pointers.

Top 6 MUST HAVE items for travellers

Disney’s Cruise has a really short list! They won’t allow you to get onboard with:

  • Firearms and ammunition, any kind of knives, swords, daggers, bullwhips or any other types of weapons are not allowed on the ship under any circumstances.
  • Homemade, precooked or other perishable items
  • Irons, bottle warmers, sporting equipment, balloons, candles, musical instruments, illegal drugs inclusive of medically prescribed and synthetic marijuana
  • Coolers, except for those carrying medications, baby food or items related to dietary constraints.

Carnival adds only a few things to our basic list:

  • Bicycles (this includes travel bicycles that can be folded up)
  • Surfboards, boats and canoes
  • Scooters (only permitted if used for mobility – must be stored in guest’s stateroom)
  • Inflatable Kiddie Pool
  • Any footwear with wheels, such as, Heely’s type shoes

  • Kava
  • Fish of any kind; if fish are caught during an excursion, they must be shipped home.

MSC and Norwegian follow the same basic list of Royal Caribbean.

I must say that in most of them, if not all, service animals are allowed, if brought with special autorization and documentation.

That’s it. I made a list with the most travelled cruiselines and everything they prohibit to be onboard. I hope to have helped you. If I did, follow the blog to know every time I put a new post.

Thanks for reading, see you in the next post.


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