What NOT to Pack on Your Next Cruise

Last updated on February 22nd, 2020 at 09:35 am

Take note next time you’re boarding a cruise ship. As you step onboard the ship and are being checked-in by security staff, there’s a table or series of tables with various items sitting on them. It resembles a lost and found table at a school or church. 

But these aren’t lost items. 

The random items sitting on these tables are items that your fellow cruiser passengers tried to take onboard, but were confiscated by security as they are on the prohibited list of the particular cruise line

Want to avoid the time delay and embarrassment of having items confiscated? Take note of the follow items that are prohibited on cruise ships.

Prohibited Items on a Cruise

Liquor (Beer, Wine, Spirits)

It’s true. Think you’re going to enjoy a bottle of your favorite whiskey in your stateroom – think again! Each cruise line has different beverage policies, but in general, other than a bottle of wine to enjoy with dinner, Beer, Spirits & Coolers are prohibited items on a cruise. For more information, see our post: Water & Wine: What You Can Bring Onboard

Firearms, Knives or Weapons

Let’s set the firearms debate aside for a moment and get straight to the point. Firearms are prohibited on cruise ships for regular passengers. Unless you are a law enforcement officer or security guard, onboard in an official capacity and with prior approval, all other firearms are prohibited and will be confiscated. This includes knives, nunchucks and any other item that is considered a weapon.


Do we have to explain this one? Explosives are prohibited items and may get you in hot water with the local authorities. 


Sorry if you had planned for a nice bike ride around Bermuda. You will need to rent a bicycle at your destination as they are prohibited.

Boats or Canoes

We’re not sure where you would put a canoe in a tiny stateroom, so just don’t bother bringing one. 


Cough Cough…Sorry, you can’t bring those. 


Lots of ports have Segway tour shore excursions, but you can’t bring your own Segway onboard. 

Household Appliances

If you’re the type of person that likes to make toast in the morning, or heat up a TV dinner, you are out of luck. Household appliances like Toasters, Toaster Ovens, Microwaves, Waffle Makers, Hot Plates, Coffee Makers, Electric Water Kettles and Blenders are all prohibited items and will be confiscated upon boarding. But don’t worry; there’s plenty of food at the many restaurants throughout the ship, and most of it’s complimentary. 

Clothing Irons

Due to the risk of fire, clothing irons are not allowed onboard. If you need clothing ironed, talk to your stateroom attendant for options. 

Heating Pads & Blankets

For safety reasons, heating pads and heating blankets are not allowed onboard. If you are feeling chilly, ask your stateroom attendant for another blanket. 

Pipes/Hookahs & Illegal Drugs

Do not try to bring cocaine, marijuana or any other illegal recreational drugs onboard. They will be confiscated. 

Gaming & Video Systems

We aren’t sure why you would want to bring video games or a DVD player while heading out for a fabulous cruise vacation since there are so many other activities; These are prohibited items including DVD & Blu-ray players and Gaming stations such as X-Box or PlayStation.


For safety reasons, fireworks are not permitted onboard. Sorry if you thought you could have your own fireworks show, right from your balcony. 

We hope that your cruise will be an amazing experience and hope that NOT being able to bring the items listed above doesn’t cramp your style too much! 

As always, check with your cruise line directly if you have any questions about specific items. See below for more information.

Royal Caribbean Prohibited Items

Carnival Cruises Prohibited Items

Norwegian Cruises Prohibited Items

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