Cruise lines do everything possible to make their liners feel like a home away from home. From sweet-smelling toiletries in the bathroom and a mini-bar filled with your favourite snacks to a TV pre-loaded with popular films and hangers to keep your clothes off the floor – they’ve got almost everything you could ever want…almost. If there’s anything not in your cabin, it’s not missing because of an oversight. Chances are it’s not there for a specific reason and if you bring your own replacement to make up for it, you’ll get in trouble. Best case scenario: it will be taken off you at embarkation and you’ll have to wait until the end of your cruise to pick it up. Worst case scenario: it will be confiscated and you’ll never see it again. There are some cruise packing tips you can follow to avoid the hassle.
To make sure you get to keep all your belongings, here are 5 things you can’t bring on board.
Cruise Packing Tips: 5 Things not allowed to bring on a cruise
Planning on bringing an iron along so you can look your best on formal night? Forget it – they’re banned because they’re a serious fire hazard. But you don’t have to look like something the cat dragged in. Some cruise lines (such as Carnival and Holland America) provide guests with ironing facilities within self-service launderettes. But to get anything ironed on most ships, you’ll have to pay for the laundrette to do it.
Kettles and coffeemakers
If you’re determined to have a cup of tea or coffee in your stateroom in the morning; you’ll have to pop up to the coffee shop and bring a takeaway cup back with you, because you can’t bring a kettle or coffee maker onboard. Just like irons, these small appliances are fire hazards on a ship. If you really love your coffee and want to be sure of an excellent cup without paying an arm and a leg for it; bring your own ground coffee and a French press with you.
Some cruise liners let you bring a bottle or two of wine in your suitcase, but the majority have a strict policy against bringing any kind of alcohol onboard. You can read plenty of creative ways to sneak it onboard online, but is the hassle and potential embarrassment of getting found out really worth it? Instead, check out these cruise packing tips and ways on how to save money on onboard drinks.
Fun on wheels
If you’ve ever cruised before, this one might sound obvious; but you can’t bring anything with wheels (i.e. rollerblades, skateboards, scooters, Segways, etc.) onboard. Although fun, these items increase the risk of accidents at sea tenfold; for the person bringing them and everyone else on board. Rest assured, personal mobility aids (like wheelchairs and motorised scooters) are perfectly okay.
Swimming pools on cruise ships are small enough without being filled of inflatable unicorns and pizza slices. By all means, pack them in your case and use them at the beach when you dock. But begin blowing them up on deck and you’re likely to attract a telling off from the on-duty lifeguard; as well as a few nasty glares from your fellow cruise passengers.