Security Screening and Prohibited Items Policy
In order to maintain a safe and secure environment, Carnival prohibits certain items onboard, i.e., weapons, candles, irons, alcohol, or other dangerous goods. According to our policy, Carnival conducts security scanning of all luggage and if prohibited items are found, they will be removed and stored for safekeeping until the end of the voyage. The retained item(s) will be delivered to your stateroom on the last night of the cruise. Unsealed liquids that are prohibited will be discarded, as well as any unclaimed items left after the voyage, and no compensation will be given in either case. For additional information, please refer to the terms and conditions of the cruise ticket contract.
IMPORTANT – We suggest that all luggage be unlocked before turning over to the porters in order to avoid any inconvenience to you or delay in delivering the luggage to your stateroom.
Q & A’s
Q. Why was I asked to unlock my bag before giving it to a porter?
A. In order to maintain a safe and secure environment, Carnival prohibits certain items onboard, i.e., weapons, candles, irons, alcohol, or other dangerous goods. According to our policy, Carnival conducts security scanning of all luggage and if prohibited items are found, they will be removed and stored for safekeeping until the end of the voyage. You were asked to unlock your bag so we could conduct the necessary security screening.
Q. What happens to the items you remove from my bag?
A. The retained item(s) will be delivered to your stateroom on the last night of the cruise. Unsealed liquids that are prohibited will be discarded, as well as any unclaimed items left after the voyage.
Q. Are you going to refund me for the alcohol you threw away?
A. We only discard opened bottles of alcohol/liquor and there is no compensation since it is a prohibited item that should not have been packed.
Q. Who is going to be looking through my personal belongings?
A. To maintain the integrity of the search, a member of our Security team along with a member from our Housekeeping staff will conduct the search. They will wear gloves and take proper precaution when handling your belongings, including carefully documenting the items which have been retained and/or discarded.
Q. What happens if you find a locked bag?
A. Luggage will not be delivered to the guest’s stateroom until the guest has unlocked the bag and given our security personnel an opportunity to properly screen the bag.
Q. I have cruised on Carnival before and did not have to unlock my bags. When did this policy go in effect?
A. You are right, although we have had this policy for many years, it is now being strictly enforced.
Q. Why would you take my bottle of mouthwash?
A. If it was unsealed and appeared in any way as a suspicious, prohibited item, it was discarded.
Q. I have valuable in my luggage, what happens if something is missing?
A. All of our guest communications advise guests to pack all valuables in their carry-on luggage. If you need to remove anything before turning it over to the porter, we suggest you do so.
Q. When will you begin to strictly enforce this policy on other ships?
A. Guests should adhere to the policy immediately since the roll out is imminent.
Safety and Security Policy
In order to maintain a safe and secure environment, Carnival prohibits bringing certain items onboard. Additionally, we reserve the right to confiscate (and destroy) any articles that in our discretion are considered dangerous or pose a risk or inconvenience to the safety and security of the ship, or our guests, and no compensation will be provided.
Section 4(a) of the Cruise Ticket Contract states: (a) Each fully paid adult Guest will be allowed a reasonable amount of luggage on board containing their personal belongings. Luggage means only trunks, valises, satchels, bags, hangers and bundles with their contents consisting of only such wearing apparel, toilet articles and similar personal effects as are necessary and appropriate for the purpose of the journey.
- Alcohol (hard liquor)/sealed, unopened bottles
- Beer/sealed, unopened bottles/cans
- Wine or champagne/sealed, unopened bottles – beyond the allowable limit of one bottle per adult 21 years of age (brought on at embarkation time only)
- Excessive quantities of non-alcoholic beverages (over 12 per person, sealed, unopened bottles/cans, 20 ounces each or less)
- Clothing irons and steamers (all Carnival ships offer laundry facilities with irons and ironing boards. Fleet-wide valet laundry service is also available for a nominal fee.)
- Electrical and household appliances (i.e. coffee makers, hot plates, toasters, etc.)
- Heating Pads
Prohibited Items – will be disposed of prior to boarding
- Large coolers
- Alcohol in unsealed containers
- Firearms (i.e., non-firing weapons and starter pistols)
- Ammunition (i.e., bullets, shot or missile that can be fired using a propellant)
- Imitation or replica weapons (i.e., de-commissioned weapons or those not capable of being fired, toy weapons, or any other item made, intended or adapted to be used as a weapon)
- Explosives or explosive component parts, (i.e., detonators)
- Fireworks or pyrotechnics (except those previously approved in connection with a company stage production which have been properly manifested)
- Taser or electronic stun guns
- Pepper or mace sprays
- Telescopic or regular batons
- Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB)
- Martial arts equipment (i.e., flails, throwing stars, belt buckle knives, etc.)
- Handcuffs, brass knuckles
- Compressed gas bottles/cylinders
- Knives with blades longer than four (4) inches ( Recreational dive knives are allowed but must be held in the custody of the Guest Services Manager or Chief Security Officer and must be checked out/in by the owner for dive excursions during the cruise.)
- Dive tanks (empty or full), diver spears/slings
- Household goods or tools of trade
- Volatile and highly flammable liquids such as cigarette lighter fluid
- Scissors with blades longer than four (4) inches (Large scissors of the type used by scrapbook and quilting enthusiasts are at times permitted with prior notification from the Security Services Department, but are held onboard in the same manner as dive knives.)
- Medical Marijuana
- Scooters (only permitted if used for mobility – must be stored in guest’s stateroom)
- Any footwear with wheels, i.e. Heely’s type shoes
- Personal grooming devices such as hair dryers, flat and curling irons, shavers, etc., are allowed on board when used with proper caution. These devices should not be used when other electrical appliances are plugged in. However, if such devices are determined to pose a hazard, they will be removed and returned the last day of the cruise prior to debark.
- Electronics such as laptops, cameras, cellular phones, etc. are allowed on board when used with proper caution.
- Electrical devices such as fans, power strips, multi plug box outlets/adaptors, and extension cords will be removed if determined to pose a hazard and returned the last day of the cruise prior to debark.
- Medical gas bottles/oxygen cylinders: Allowed in connection with a certified medical condition but cannot be packed in baggage. Oxygen cylinders must be delivered to guest services and stored in a designated safe area.
- Coolers: Small, personal-sized coolers no larger than 12” x 12” x 12” for the purpose of housing small quantities of non-alcoholic beverages and/or medications are permitted as carry-on luggage.
- Live Animals: Only qualified service animals once approved by Guest Access Services at time of booking.
- Flowers and Plants: May be brought on board in the port of embarkation but are not permitted to be taken off the ship in the United States, per the U.S Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) Agricultural Division.
- Musical Instruments: We will allow musical instruments on board, however, if a noise complaint is received, the instrument will be confiscated by shipboard security and returned to the guest on the morning of debarkation.
- Radios/Boom Boxes: For the comfort of all our guests, radios and boom boxes can be used with headphones or earpieces when used in public areas.
- Floatation Devices: For the comfort of all our guests, rafts, tubes and floatation devices other than those used as life preservers (water wings) cannot be used in the swimming pools on board.
- Wrapped Gifts: Guests may bring wrapped gifts on board; however, due to heightened security, the gift may have to be unwrapped, upon request.
- DVDs/VCRs/Nintendo/Play Units: Due to compatibility issues with stateroom televisions, these items can only be utilized in suites and guests must provide their own RCA cables.
- Fish Caught on Fishing Expeditions: The fish cannot be brought on board; it must be shipped home.
- Items for In Port Use only (Note: all must be stored in the guest’s stateroom)
- Snorkel gear
- Golf clubs
- Fishing rods (packed)
- Tennis rackets
- Kites (packed)
- Roller blades/skates
- Metal detectors
- Boogie Boards (maximum 42” in length)
Items Not Permitted to be Taken Off the Ship in the United States
- U.S Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Port Officers perform agricultural inspections to protect the U.S from potential carriers of animal and plant pests or diseases that could cause serious damage to America’s crops, livestock, pets and the environment.
- Animal products
- Unsealed food items
- Fruits and vegetables
- Agriculture and Horticulture products
- Plants / cut flowers
- Cuban cigars
- Illegal drugs
- Ship property