vacation is a time to unwind and enjoy yourself, but that doesn’t mean anything
goes. When you make a cruise reservation, you agree to follow the cruise line’s
standards of conduct for passengers. This isn’t meant to limit your fun, but to
keep you and other passengers safe and happy as you cruise.
are consequences for those who don’t follow the standards of conduct, up to and
including being removed from the ship. The following isn’t a complete list, but
any of these actions may result in early dismissal.
muster drill. Whether it’s virtual or in-person, the muster drill (a lifeboat
safety drill) is an absolute must for every passenger – and yes, the crew will
know if you don’t attend.
of designated smoking areas. Most ships have a defined area that is the only
place passengers can use cigarettes, e-cigarettes, or vaping devices while on
board. Cigar smoking is often not allowed at all, unless the ship has a cigar
illegal drugs on board. Because cruise ships are governed by federal law, this ban
includes marijuana, even if it’s legal in your state or you use it only for
weapon on board. Any type of gun, knife or self-defense spray like mace is usually
alcoholic drinks for anyone who isn’t of drinking age. The onboard drinking age
may depend on your port of departure; if you’re not sure what it is, be sure to
overboard. Cruise lines must be responsible stewards of the waters they sail in,
so they prohibit throwing anything at all over the ship’s railings.
Behaving in a
reckless or abusive manner. This covers a wide range of misbehavior, including
verbal abuse, throwing a punch or a deck chair, sitting on a deck railing, entering
a restricted area, impersonating a crew member, having sex on a balcony, and
things that you haven’t paid for from fellow passengers or onboard shops will
not be tolerated.
Sneaking a pet
onboard. While there are some exceptions for service animals, pets are generally
not allowed on cruise ships. (Note that Cunard Line’s Queen Mary 2 does
have a small onboard kennel facility, which is in great demand.)
If you have any
questions about these or other forbidden activities on a cruise ship, talk with
Anita, your professional travel advisor.
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