Holidaymakers going on a cruise may know they have to limit their liquids on the plane – but you might also have your property confiscated when boarding the ship if it breaks one of the many rules in place. The major one to remember is that you cannot bring your own alcohol onto the ship and it will be taken from you.
So, if you decided to grab a bottle of nice whiskey from Duty Free or a bottle of wine from a stop in France it will be taken from you by security when you re-enter the ship. Usually, cruises will return the alcohol to you when you are departing from your holiday but you should check the policy of your cruise line to make sure.
For example, P&O Cruises states: "All luggage will be security screened for drugs and alcohol as well as dangerous items at embarkation. If you have any alcohol in your bag it will be collected at embarkation and returned to you at the end of your cruise."
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While Royal Caribbean Cruises says: "Guests are not allowed to bring beer or hard liquor onboard for consumption or any other use. Alcoholic beverages (beer, seltzer or hard liquor) seized on embarkation day will not be returned.
"On embarkation day, each guest of drinking age may bring one (1) sealed 750 ml bottle of wine or champagne. Boxed wine and other containers are prohibited. Guests who purchase alcohol bottles onboard, in a port-of-call, or bring more than the one permitted bottle on boarding day, will have their items safely stored by the ship. These bottles will be returned on the last day onboard for enjoyment once home."
But, it’s not just booze that holidaymakers should be aware are not allowed on board a ship. Candles will be taken from you if you try to bring them on board, explains the Express, as they are a fire risk – and nobody wants a fire when out at sea. You can use flameless, electric candles with wild abandon though!
Many cruise ships also ban other heat-risk items like irons, kettles and coffee machines. Though, of course, it’s easy to get a cuppa on-board and many ships offer a laundry service for your clothing or will allow you to use one of their safety tested irons on board.
You are usually allowed hair straighteners, electric razors and curling irons but you should be very careful to switch them off and store them safely. Of course some more obvious items are banned from cruise ships including drugs, guns, ammunition and firearms replicas plus all knives and scissors over a certain length.
Royal Caribbean even bans CBD oil and CBD products. Likely because the cannabis byproduct may not be legal at all stops on your holiday. Other items that are often banned can include the likes of hoverboards, martial arts or self defence sports gear, hookahs, extension cords, and HAM radios.
It's also worth noting that the majority of cruise lines have a strict policy that bans bringing perishable food and meat products onboard. This is because in most ports, there are laws in place that prohibit bringing these products to shore – with hefty fines for those who try to flout the rules.
For example a number of Caribbean islands prohibit food being brought by tourists, while in the EU you won't be allowed to bring in the likes of meat, dairy and other animal products. Anyone caught breaking the rules will have their goods confiscated, not to mention that you could land yourself a pretty hefty fine. Your best bet is to check the rules with your cruise line, as well as your destination's own rules.
One passenger recently revealed they'd planned to take plastic containers with them to fill with food from the buffet – but people were quick to shut the idea down, with some slamming it as 'tacky' behaviour.
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