A cruise 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.
Still, there 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.
Skipping the 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.
Smoking outside 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 lounge.
Bringing 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 medicinal purposes.
Bringing a weapon on board. Any type of gun, knife or self-defense spray like mace is usually prohibited.
Purchasing 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 ask.
Throwing something 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 more.
Stealing. Taking 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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