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A Hassle-Free Cruise: It's Not "What" To Pack...It's What "Not" To Pack

Cruise passengers should refrain from packing unsafe items in their luggage.  Clothing irons, knives, and alcoholic beverages are atop the list.
David Kriso

At this very given moment, there are people getting ready for their upcoming cruise vacation. No matter how often people cruise, cruising is a lot of fun. No matter what types of cruises people go on, or wherever they are sailing to, the excitement is never-ending. The most important element is ensuring the safety of cruise passengers. It is their utmost desire to safely embark and disembark their ship. Safely, not referring to avoiding trips and falls, but pertaining to possible mishaps that could be caused by unsafe items packed inside their luggage. There's the old phrase, “better safe than sorry.” Here is some pertinent information on what items cruise passengers should not pack in their carry-on or checked luggage. Why? It makes a huge difference by packing safely. It is well worth it when any cruise experience is kept safe and enjoyable. The safer cruise passengers are when packing, the easier the pier security staff’s job will be.

In a previous article, “A Cruise Vacationer's Packing List: The Basic Essentials,” a suggested list of items was shared as a quick guide to packing for an upcoming cruise vacation. In addition, the specific quantity of items was suggested. It depends on the length of the cruise. Regardless of the necessary items to be packed, there are items which cruise lines deem unsafe for on board use. They are not just unsafe for any cruise, but they also may be unsafe amongst fellow passengers, crew, and staff alike.

What items should cruise passengers refrain from packing in their luggage? It is very simple. Weapons, illegal drugs, and other items that could interfere with the safe operation of the vessel and secure environment of fellow passengers and the crew are not allowed. Weapons may include guns, hammers, bows and arrows, baseball bats, and martial arts gear (i.e. nunchucks). Knives, including Swiss Army knives, switch blades, scissors (except those in length of less than four inches), candles, incense sticks, and hot plates are also prohibited. These items should be left at home.

Curling irons and clothing irons should not be packed. They are considered an on board fire hazard. The voltage on board may not be the same as what cruise passengers' curling irons or clothing irons require to operate. Cruise passengers need to ask their cabin attendants for these items and they will be provided. If pier security should confiscate any of these items, they’ll attach a claim ticket to them. Cruise passengers will be allowed to reclaim them upon disembarkation. Cruise passengers who had items confiscated on sailing day should immediately see a member of the shore staff, pier security, or a customs officer for assistance.

Aside from unsafe items, cruise passengers should refrain from packing alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. If passengers choose to bring a bottle of wine on their cruise, they need to see a member of the ship’s restaurant staff. They will take care of it. Cruise lines normally charge passengers a corkage fee per bottle. Cruise passengers are encouraged to use their discretion. Alcoholic items purchased on board or at ports-of-call will be stored away until the night before disembarkation. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic items that are confiscated upon embarkation will not be returned.

There is an assortment of other items prohibited on cruise vessels. Cruise passengers must consult the web site of whichever cruise line they are sailing on. The cruise lines’ safety guidelines are mirror-image of each other. For example, those who are planning to sail on Royal Caribbean should visit Royal Caribbean's web site. Cruise passengers are to click on the choice, “Before You Board.” and then click on the choice, “What To Know Before You Go.” On the following page, they will click on the choice, “What To Pack.” The list of prohibited items is shown toward the bottom of the page.

Any cruise vacation, whether the first or tenth, should always be exciting. It should always be fun and filled with great memories to be treasured. Before passengers leave their home for the cruise terminal, they must make sure that they are ready to have not only a good time, but a SAFE TIME. Passengers must refrain from packing any combustible items and objects that can be harmful. More importantly, cruise passengers should not pack any objects that could be subject to question. Pier security takes the safety of passengers and crew very seriously. Pier security doesn’t work in this field alone. Ship security takes the safety of all crew and guests seriously as well. All cruise passengers must note that safety is their responsibility, too. It’s obligatory for cruise passengers to make every effort in making their cruise vacation as safe as possible. Ultimately, following the packing guidelines and leaving unsafe items at home will make the ship and pier security's job all the more easier.

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