What not to pack for a cruise

Your suitcase is on the bed, and you’re ready to start packing for your cruise of a lifetime. Besides sunscreen, swimmers and a good book, there are likely to be many other items you’re intending to take along. Did you know, however, that some everyday things you use at home are not allowed onboard a cruise ship? Here’s a run down of some of the key things to leave behind.

A clothes iron or steamer
It may be convenient to have one in your stateroom, but the humble iron is regarded as a major fire risk on a ship, even those specially designed for travel. The solution is to avoid packing clothes which wrinkle easily, be prepared to pay for your clothes to be ironed, or choose a ship with a self-service launderette.

Anything with an open flame is also a major fire risk, so if you’re in the mood for some high seas romance, or you have a bathroom with a tub, the best option is to take a couple of battery operated fake candles or tea lights. They’ll create soft lighting, and an atmosphere for love.

Anything with a blade will likely be confiscated, or ‘held’ by security for the duration of your cruise, including any large scissors. Small blades are said by some to be allowed by certain cruise lines, but be prepared to be held up by security on check-in.

Different cruise lines have different rules, but overall beer and spirits are forbidden and will be confiscated. Some cruise lines allow a small number of bottles of wine, sparking wine, or Champagne to be taken on board per person, but you’ll pay corkage fee to use them in a bar or restaurant, or have to open them in your stateroom.

Electric kettles and coffee makers
Some travellers try to take these on board, to avoid paying for specialty coffees or herbal teas, and also to enjoy a cuppa in the privacy of their own stateroom. They are strictly forbidden, however, so if you try to bring one with you, you will likely lose it.

Power boards and extension cords
This remains a grey area; depending on the cruise line and the port, some people have them confiscated on check in, while others get them through security without any problems. The main concern is electrical overloading, either in a cabin specifically, or through an individual socket, which can pose a fire risk. If you have a lot of electrical products with you, take a couple of double-adaptors; one in your carry-on luggage and one in your check-in bag to be safe.

To find out more about cruising or to find the cruise of your dreams within your budget, visit CruiseGuide.com.au.

Written by joannaha