Carnival Prohibited Items

Published 09/29/2016 03:42 PM   |    Updated 01/01/2019 06:22 PM
To maintain a safe and secure shipboard environment by prohibiting certain items considered by the Company to be dangerous or that pose a risk to the crew, passengers or ship. 
According to our policy, Carnival conducts security scanning of all luggage and if prohibited items are found, they will be removed and disposed of and no compensation will be given. We suggest that all luggage be unlocked before turning it over to the porters in order to avoid any inconvenience to you or delay in delivering the luggage to your stateroom. For additional information, please refer to the terms and conditions of the Cruise Ticket Contract.

Before you pack, please take the time to review the following:

Carnival Corporation Prohibited Items
The following items are prohibited and their possession is not allowed on board any Company ship by passengers or crew without a valid lawful reason, unless required in direct support of ship operations, as part of a crew member's official duties, and only with consent of the Ship's Master. 

NOTE: The below list varies for Australian departures - view the Australian prohibited item list here.

  • Any illegal narcotics/drugs including synthetic, designer drugs, Cannabidiol (CBD) and medical marijuana
  • 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 (excluding those which are part of the vessel's lifesaving equipment and which have been properly manifested)
  • Sharp pointed weapons including throwing stars
  • Knives with a blade longer than 4 inches / 10.16 cm, 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 4 inches / 10.16cm
  • 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 unless carried in limited quantities and in accordance with company instructions (e.g., petrol, methylated spirits, paint thinners etc.)
  • Any other item made, adapted or intended for use as an offensive weapon
  • Stun devices
  • Handcuffs
  • Items brought on board the vessel and not supplied by the Company containing any kind of heating element, such as but not limited to: immersion heaters, heating blankets, flat irons, 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, scooters or Segway’s (except those provided by the Company for shore excursions)
  • Compressed gas tanks, bottles, cylinders including dive tanks, propane tanks and aerosol cans
  • Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB), ham radios, communication scanners, wide-band receivers, satellite phones, transformers, lasers and laser pointers
Carnival Cruise Line Additional Prohibited Items, Exemptions and Other Considerations
In order to maintain a safe and secure environment, Carnival Cruise Line additionally prohibits the following items from being brought on board. Additionally, we reserve the right to confiscate or dispose of 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.    
Additional Prohibited Items
  • 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, such as a coffee maker, hot plate, toaster, heating pad, humidifier, etc. 
  • Hookahs 
  • Alcohol (hard liquor) and Beer
  • Wine or champagne (sealed, unopened bottles brought on at embarkation) beyond the allowable limit of one 750 ml bottle per adult (21 years of age or older)
  • Non-alcoholic beverages in containers other than a can or carton; excessive quantities per person (over 12 cans/cartons per person); excessive size per can/carton (over 12 ounces each)
  • Large coolers
  • Candles and Incense
  • 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.)
  • 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 on board in the same manner as dive knives.)
  • Bicycles (refer to Exemptions)
  • Wagons (refer to Exemptions)
  • Surfboards, boats and canoes 
  • Scooters (only permitted if used for mobility – must be stored in guest’s stateroom)
  • Inflatable Kiddie Pool
  • Any footwear with wheels, such as, Heely’s type shoes
  • Kava  
  • Fish of any kind; if fish are caught during an excursion, they must be shipped home.  
  • Personal grooming devices such as hair dryers, flat irons, curling irons and shavers are allowed on board when used with proper caution.  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 (without surge protectors) are allowed on board when used with proper caution.  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.
  • Medical gas bottles/oxygen cylinders are 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.
  • If you use a CPAP machine, please note you will need to pack your machine with your carry-on luggage. For your convenience, Carnival carries distilled water which can be purchased either pre-cruise or once on board. For pre-purchase, please contact our Fun Shops department at 1-800-522-7648 Ext. 70039 Monday-Sunday from 8:00am-10:00pm ET. For purchase on board, please contact Room Service. Should you wish to bring your own distilled water with you, it must be hand carried along with your CPAP machine.
  • 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:  Only permitted on board if ordered through Carnival’s Fun Shops or delivered by a florist 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 last day of the cruise prior to debark.
  • 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.
  • Ham Radios/Amateur Radio Equipment: Permitted to be used on board Carnival Cruise Line ships.
  • Google Glasses are permitted on board in public areas but cannot be worn at any gangway operation. 
  • 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. 
  • Digital Cameras/Camcorders, DVDs/VCRs, USB sticks, iPods, Nintendo/X-Box Play Units cannot be used with the TV in the guest's stateroom or suite as the connection ports are disabled. 
  • Food Items must be pre-packaged and unopened; homemade items or pre-cooked foods will not be permitted onboard. Limitations on permitted food items are directly related to concerns for food safety and contamination prevention. We are unable to provide food preparation, refrigeration or storage for personal food or beverage items.
  • Seashells may be brought onboard from the ports visited if they appear to be clean and sanitized and do not have the odor of a living organism.  
Exemptions - Items for Port Use Only
The following items may be brought on board but can only be used off the ship, for port use only. All items must be stored in the guest’s stateroom.  
  • Drone Cameras
  • Snorkel gear
  • Segways
  • Skateboards
  • Golf clubs
  • Fishing rods
  • Tennis rackets
  • Kites
  • Roller blades or skates
  • Metal detectors
  • Beach chair
  • Umbrella
  • Boogie Boards (maximu 42 inches in length)
  • Portable Folding Bicycles (maximum 20 inch tires)
  • Collapsible Wagon - For the safety of our guests, the wagon cannot be rolled onto/off the ship during embarkation and debarkation and cannot be rolled off/onto the ship while in port.  
Please Note: It is the responsibility of the guest to check with the local laws of each port as Carnival will not be responsible for confiscated items by Foreign Governments.

Other Considerations - Items Cannot be Taken off the Ship in the United States
The following items cannot be taken off the ship in the United States during the cruise or on debarkation day. 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
  • Ship property
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