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What am I not allowed to take on board?

The safety and security of our ships is paramount and, as such, you are prohibited from carrying certain items onto our vessels. Security screening of you and your baggage will be conducted each time you board the ship, and if you are found in possession of any of these items, they may be permanently confiscated. This list is not exhaustive and any other items may be refused at the discretion of either the Port or Ship security staff.


The following items (this is not an exhaustive list) will not be permitted on-board:

  • Any illegal narcotics/drugs including synthetic and designer drugs
  • Medical marijuana (including CBD oil)
  • All firearms including replicas, imitations and their components
  • Air, BB or pellet pistols or rifles
  • Any other projectile-weapon (e.g., paint ball guns)
  • All ammunition
  • All explosives, including imitation explosives and devices
  • Fireworks, flares, pyrotechnics
  • Sharp pointed weapons including throwing stars
  • Knives with a blade longer than 2.75 inches / 7cm, any blade length that is prohibited by local laws/regulation and all concealed bladed weapons such as belt buckle knives, cane and umbrella knives/swords, pen knives, credit card knives, etc
  • Open razors or scissors with a blade longer than 2.75 inches / 7cm
  • Skean Dhus or Kirpans
  • Spears or spear guns
  • Crossbows, crossbow bolts and long bow arrows
  • Blunt weapons including knuckle dusters, brass knuckles, clubs, coshes, batons, flails or nunchaku
  • Items containing incapacitating substances (e.g. gas guns, tear gas sprays, mace, phosphorus, acid and  other dangerous chemicals that could be used to maim or disable)
  • Flammable substances and hazardous chemicals
  • Any other item made, adapted or intended for use as an offensive weapon
  • Stun devices
  • Items not supplied by the Company containing any kind of heating element, such as but not limited to: immersion heaters, heating blankets, clothes irons, electric steamers, water heaters, coffee machines with heating / hot plates, etc.
  • Any remotely controlled or autonomously flying devices, toys or drones
  • Self-balancing hover boards, air wheels, electric bicycles/scooters, or Segways (except those provided by the Company for shore excursions and for use onshore by guests with a disability as a mobility device) 

    Compressed gas tanks, bottles, cylinders including dive tanks, propane tanks and aerosol cans
  • Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB), ham radios, communication scanners, hand-held radios, wide-band receivers, satellite phones, transformers, lasers and laser pointers
  • Inflatables – with the exception of children’s swimming aids
  • Fancy dress, novelty clothing and clothing personalised with images or slogans, effective from 1 January 2018. (This policy does not apply to children 16 years and under.) The only exception to this is official P&O Cruises theme nights, where guests are invited to dress up in line with the theme.
  • Medical gas bottles are allowed in connection with a certified medical condition but cannot be packed in baggage.  Oxygen cylinders must be delivered to the pursers’ office and stored in a designated safe area
  • Any items or amounts of currency prohibited by customs regulations
  • Balloons - As part of our Ocean's Alive programme and our continued commitment to do everything we can to help protect our environment and wild/marine life, we no longer use or allow balloons of any kind on board Carnival UK ships.
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