What Items are Permitted on Cruises?

When preparing for a cruise, it’s essential to know what items are permitted on board to ensure a smooth embarkation process. Here's a list of commonly asked-about items and their general status across most cruise lines:


Yes, umbrellas are permitted on cruises. They can be useful for rainy port days or to provide shade during sunny excursions. A small, foldable umbrella is a convenient choice to save space.


Foldable Chairs

Foldable chairs are typically not allowed on cruises. Cruise ships provide plenty of seating options on deck, and bringing your own chair can create clutter in your cabin and communal areas. For excursions, consider renting chairs at your destination if needed.


Pets are generally not permitted on cruises, with the notable exception of service animals. If you require a service animal, you must inform the cruise line in advance and provide proper documentation. There are a few pet-friendly cruises, such as those offered by Cunard’s Queen Mary 2, but these are rare and come with specific guidelines.

Electronics and Gadgets

  • Cameras, Phones, and Tablets: These are allowed and can help you capture memories and stay connected.
  • Laptops: Permitted, but remember to bring a surge protector without an extension cord, as those are often prohibited.
  • Handheld Gaming Devices and E-Readers: These are also allowed for personal entertainment.


Personal Care Items

  • Travel-Sized Toiletries: Permitted and recommended for conserving space.
  • Hair Dryers and Straighteners: Most cruise lines allow these, but check specific guidelines as some lines have restrictions on high-wattage devices.


Medical Supplies

  • Medications: Always allowed, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines. It’s advisable to bring these in their original containers.
  • CPAP Machines: Allowed, but you should inform the cruise line in advance to ensure proper accommodations are made.

Small Sports Equipment

  • Snorkeling Gear: Allowed and can enhance your underwater excursions.
  • Tennis Rackets, Balls, and Non-Motorized Scooters: Generally allowed for use in designated areas.

Guidelines to Follow

Each cruise line has its own specific guidelines, so always check with your cruise provider before packing. They usually have detailed lists of prohibited items, which often include:

  • Weapons and sharp objects
  • Irons and steamers
  • Alcohol (beyond the permitted amount, usually one bottle of wine or champagne per adult)

Knowing what you can and cannot bring on your cruise can make the packing process smoother and prevent any issues at embarkation. Stick to the essentials, take advantage of the amenities provided on board, and check your cruise line’s specific guidelines to ensure a hassle-free vacation.

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