When getting on board a plane, there are several items that are banned from being taken into the cabin. A cruise ship is no different, and here at Cruise Nation, we feel that by taking this list of banned items into account, you will have an exciting, worthwhile and safe holiday.
For most people, packing for a holiday is all part of the adventure. You finally get to sort out your new cruise wardrobe, not to mention your bathing suits, camera and sun cream for that all-important sun-kissed tan.
However, there are some things that are banned for a very good reason, to ensure your safety and the safety of others around you. Remember, we want you to have the most enjoyable holiday of your life so read on to find out the do’s and don’ts when it comes to packing for your cruise ship holiday.
In this post we will be discussing the following:
- Items you should leave behind
- Items allowed onboard but should be used with caution
- Things you want to pack but shouldn’t
There are already various shops and bars that sell alcoholic beverages, so it’s a waste of luggage space and will no doubt make your suitcase heavier to carry. If you do bring alcohol that isn’t permitted onboard, it will be confiscated and returned to you at the end of your cruise. To save the hassle, leave your alcohol at home and enjoy the wide selection of drinks available.
Knives should be left in your household kitchen when it comes to packing for your cruise. This is to ensure safety onboard for you and your fellow passengers.
PAINT AND BLEACH
Perhaps you have little ones with you and you want to bring arts and crafts for them to enjoy whilst onboard, but paint is not allowed. Bleach is also banned, because both contain harsh chemicals that could be deemed hazardous to you, your child and those around you.
Like many of us, you might crave that delicious cup of coffee every morning to get you through the day, but you don’t need to bring your own in order to get your daily fix. Freshly made coffee can be made available to you whilst onboard the ship.
Understandably, you’re going to want to look your best on your cruise ship holiday, and there’s nothing smarter than a clean, pressed shirt. However, bringing your own iron is not is not allowed. Onboard facilities will be available for you to iron your clothes when you need to.
This pretty much goes without saying, but we thought it was worth a mention. Illegal drugs are prohibited onboard and will be confiscated upon being found.
Sit back and relax, you’re on holiday! Cooking in your cabin can be hazardous and unnecessary when there are plenty of restaurants and cafes to choose from onboard. You could even get room service to deliver to your room if you really wanted. The choices are endless!
CERTAIN KINDS OF SPORTS GEAR
This can include anything from baseball/cricket bats, bicycles, skateboards and surfboards. These could be a hazard to other passengers and frankly, they weigh heavy in your luggage. Some of these items may even be available onboard, so make sure you investigate beforehand.
CANDLES AND INCENSE
Whilst you’re at home, it’s a nice idea to have candles lit and incense burning to give your room a lovely aroma, but unfortunately bringing these items on a cruise ship could result in an accident. Keep yourself and others safe by steering clear of these items when it comes to packing your luggage. We all love a pleasant smell but it just isn’t worth the risk.
ITEMS ALLOWED ONBOARD, BUT SHOULD BE USED WITH CAUTION
There are some items that are allowed on a cruise ship but must be used with extra care, as without caution, they could prove a danger to you and other passengers. These items include electronic items such as laptops, cameras and mobile phones, electrical devices such as fans and extension cords and personal grooming devices including hair dryers, straighteners and curling irons. These grooming devices should not be used whilst other electrical items are plugged in.
THINGS YOU WANT TO PACK BUT SHOULDN’T
Ok, so some of these aren’t necessarily ‘banned’ items, but they are items that we feel should perhaps be substituted for others to give you more space for essential items.
PACK A KINDLE INSTEAD OF BOOKS
Kindles are becoming the forefront of digital reading devices, and what better way to hold all your favourite books on one device that this? That way you won’t be carrying 20 books in your case to see you through your holiday.
PACK YOUR TOILETRY KIT INSTEAD OF KNIVES
As we’ve previously stated, knives are a no-go when it comes to packing your suitcase. Your toiletry bag already has a nail file, scissors and tweezers. Need a corkscrew? Don’t worry! Your cabin steward should be able to provide you with one should you need to open any bottles.
PACK WRINKLE-RELEASE SPRAY INSTEAD OF AN IRON
If you don’t want to use the onboard iron, why not pack wrinkle-release spray? It relaxes fabrics so wrinkles can be smoothed out with your hands. They’re available in a variety of sizes and are kind to most clothing fabrics.
We hope that by reading this post you feel more confident about what items aren’t worth packing and what items are completely banned onboard.
Here at Cruise Nation we want you to have the most enjoyable and memorable holiday of your lifetime, so start it off on the right foot by packing the items you know are permitted.
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