Gun laws vary by state. And each gun owner carries one for a different reason. This leads to an abundance of laws surrounding when and where you can carry. But what about when you take a cruise vacation?
Most major cruise lines do not allow passengers to bring firearms on board. This prohibition is a safety measure. Taking a gun on a cruise may also violate maritime law as well as the laws in the ports you visit.
In most cases, carrying a gun on a cruise ship is not allowed. In this article, we’ll take a look at the reasons why this is the case. We’ll also take a look at some of the legal ramifications of carrying a gun on a cruise.
Why Do Cruise Lines Ban Firearms?
As a general point, cruise lines make efforts to ban all kinds of weapons. Of course, firearms are among the weapons about which they are most concerned. Some other weapons that commonly appear on lists of prohibited items include:
- Pepper spray
- Tear gas
The obvious reason for banning weapons is safety. A cruise line cannot assume that every weapon owner will act responsibly. When weapons are present, there is always the potential for accidental injury. As a preventative measure, cruise ships take the simple approach of prohibiting weapons of all forms. In their mind, this contributes to the overall security of their guests.
Firearms are particularly dangerous in this regard. Statistics support this idea. For instance, over a decade, there were more than 6,500 deaths from accidental shootings in the United States. Cruise ships want to avoid liability at all costs. That’s why they are so strict regarding what weapons you can carry onboard.
What About Concealed Carry Permits?
It is safe to assume that you can’t bring a gun on a cruise regardless of what permit you have. There are many different firearm laws in the United States. But cruise ships do not care about these laws. Instead of dealing with the details of each one, they take a blanket approach.
You may not find this to be fair, but it is the case. Depending on where you live, you may be allowed to carry a concealed weapon anywhere you go in your home state. You may even be allowed to open carry.
None of this matters to a cruise ship company. What you might see as a violation of rights, they see as a necessary precaution. So, don’t expect them to make exceptions based on the local laws in your state.
How Cruise Ships Deal with Safety Concerns
One of the primary reasons that people own guns is for protection. With proper training, an individual can defend themselves very effectively with a firearm. This desire for self-preservation often motivates people to carry a weapon everywhere they go.
If you are one of those people, the lack of guns on a cruise might make you feel unsafe. Without your gun, your main line of defense is lost. Thankfully, cruise ships are worried about your protection as well.
Though unlikely, hijackers or pirates may try to take control of a ship. Cruise companies see the risk of this kind of terrorism. In response, many cruise companies place armed security on each of their ships. These trained professionals are ready to defend the passengers on board.
The Consequences of Bringing a Firearm on a Cruise
Common cruise ship firearm restrictions will disappoint gun enthusiasts. But they are meant to contribute to the safety of all cruise ship passengers. Still, some may reject this idea and try to bring a firearm on a cruise anyway. This is a bad idea for several reasons.
Bringing a gun on a cruise ship is a serious offense. It is an infraction that can come with punishment. This punishment can come from a few different sources. That’s because bringing a firearm on a cruise will likely violate:
- Cruise ship guidelines
- Maritime Law
- Local port laws
Here’s why sneaking a firearm on a cruise ship is not worth the risk.
Cruise Line Punishments
As you board your cruise, the crew will screen your luggage. In this process, they are looking for any items that might pose a safety risk. They also look for other items that they ban specifically. Comprehensive lists of these items are available on cruise line websites. Some of the most common are:
- Illegal drugs
You can be confident that weapons will also appear on these lists. Most cruise lines have a zero-tolerance policy for banned items. Since their rules are clearly stated, you are expected to know and follow them before arrival. However, breaking these rules is not likely to have significant legal ramifications.
Instead, the cruise line will usually confiscate any banned items they find. What they do after confiscation is up to them. It will usually depend on the item. Sometimes they will hold the banned item and return it to you after the cruise. Other times they will discard the item and offer no compensation.
The last section covered how cruise lines are likely to treat your items. But these actions are relatively harmless to you compared to legal action. Cruise lines are not law enforcement agencies. So they don’t have the authority to prosecute you. However, there are plenty of domestic and international laws regarding what is legal at sea.
The laws over what you can and cannot do at sea are called Maritime Law.
Maritime Law began as a set of rules created by the United Nations. Now, these laws apply to cruise ships as well as any other ships on the ocean and are the standard for legality on the ocean.
When sailing in international waters, the laws will vary based on your vessel. Generally, the laws in international waters are the same as those in the country where the ship is registered. That means that if the ship you are on is registered in the United States, US federal law will apply.
For cruisers, this technicality won’t matter. The rules of the cruise ship will prevent you from taking a firearm on board. But at least you can know that you may not be in violation of Maritime Law. Of course, as we mentioned, that all depends on where the cruise ship is registered. Odds are Maritime Law will not be leveraged against you. But that does not mean that you are free from all law enforcement.
Local Port Laws
Let’s imagine a scenario where someone manages to get a firearm past cruise security. That person is far from safe in terms of legal action. Along with cruise ship guidelines, each port you visit will have an individual set of laws. Since cruise ships travel between multiple nations, it is difficult to predict the details of those laws.
Some ports may have very stringent laws surrounding firearms. When you are under their jurisdiction, they have full right to use those laws against you. It does not matter if you are a legal gun owner in your home state. The laws of the country you visit will always take precedence.
This is not a hypothetical threat either. Local authorities may detain you, which can lead to formal charges as well.
In 2019, one cruiser found that out first hand. A woman from Wisconsin took a cruise to the Cayman Islands. Once there, authorities found a gun and ammunition in her luggage. That cruiser now faces up to ten years in prison in the Cayman Islands.
This is just one example of a cruiser facing the law after failing to abide by firearm restrictions. It is also strong evidence that trying to bring a gun on a cruise is not a smart decision.
Are There Any Exceptions?
So far, we have seen that it is essentially a guarantee that you can’t bring a firearm on a cruise. This is not just a violation of cruise rules. It can also be a violation of the law. Those legal consequences are enough to deter most. Yet, still, some wonder if there are any exceptions to these rules. In the following sections, we will look at some situations where people might expect an exception for carrying firearms on cruises.
There may be some confusion surrounding law enforcement on cruise ships. Many people assume that those in law enforcement should be allowed to bring their firearms on cruise ships. Since law enforcement officers are trained and have a duty to protect the public, this assumption makes some sense.
To further add to the confusion, there is something called the Law Enforcement Safety Act. This act mainly dictates that current and retired law enforcement officers can carry firearms in any state or US jurisdiction. This act came into existence in 2004. Since then, its provisions have expanded multiple times. While this act grants plenty of freedom for officers to carry weapons, there are many restrictions:
- The officer must undergo annual firearm training.
- Retired officers must have left service in good standing.
- Officers must have no mental health issues.
- Officers must refrain from abusing alcohol.
- The act does not allow officers to carry firearms on planes or cruise ships.
At first glance, this act seems to allow law enforcement to carry firearms on cruises. But the details of the act prove otherwise. Under the Law Enforcement Safety Act, officers cannot carry firearms on cruise ships. The same is true for both planes and trains.
Sport Shooting Onboard
By this point, you know that cruise lines are very strict about firearms. So, you might be shocked to hear this next potential exception.
Although it seems outlandish, skeet shooting was once a popular activity on cruise ships. Cruisers would take aim at clay pigeons that sailed over the ocean. An officer would supervise as people fired shotguns into the open sea. For multiple reasons, this practice is now nonexistent.
The first reason is fairly obvious. Having cruise-goers handling shotguns onboard is a safety hazard. At the time, there was likely minimal screening for those who wanted to take part. This opens the door for plenty of dangerous scenarios.
The other main reason is ecological. Sending countless clay pigeons and rounds of ammunition into the ocean is unsanitary. The practice goes against all we know today about littering and protecting natural habitats. Thankfully, onboard skeet shooting has not been common for a few decades.
Skeet shooting onboard a cruise ship is inconceivable by today’s standards. But what is more reasonable is the idea of a skeet shooting shore excursion. There are many activities to partake in when you visit different ports on your cruise. At times, sport shooting is among them.
These shooting opportunities are not the most common type of excursion. But some cruise lines still offer the chance to fire a gun when you get off the ship. To your benefit, this takes place in a controlled environment. Those running the activity are well trained. They will usually have multiple certifications for safe firearm use.
If you are interested in sport shooting, these excursions will likely catch your eye. You might also see them as a chance to bring your gun on board. But, again, this is not the case.
A skeet shooting shore excursion does not require you to bring your own gun. In fact, they will probably prohibit it. Instead, those running the excursion will provide you with a gun and ammunition. This ensures safety so that all passengers can enjoy a secure shooting experience.
Buying a Firearm at a Port of Call
Here is another situation in which you might think there is an exception to cruise ship firearm rules. However, this one is quite unlikely to happen. Some people use firearms solely as a form of protection. Others, however, take their love of firearms beyond the functional aspect. These gun owners see guns as collector items.
As such, they may find the idea of buying a gun from a foreign country alluring. Though not common, there may be a chance to purchase a firearm or another weapon at a port of call. However, what some consider to be a valuable addition to a gun collection, the cruise ship will see as a liability.
As you return to your ship, you will need to go through security. In this process, the cruise workers may find and confiscate the weapon you purchased. Again, depending on the item, they may store it and give it to you at the end of the cruise. They may also dispose of it.
In some cases, items may go undetected in this security screening. The high volumes of people returning to the ship leave room for error. But even if you get a weapon past cruise security, you will have bigger problems later on. Let’s explore the details of those problems right now.
Bringing a Firearm Through US Customs
By nature, a cruise will take you outside of the United States. As a result, you will need to pass through US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) upon your return. This is an important step in your travels that officials take very seriously.
Customs is the means by which the United States controls what enters the country. The following items are among those that are restricted in some way or entirely prohibited:
- Cultural artifacts
- Drug paraphernalia
- Food products
Each of these comes with a detailed set of rules. To know what to expect regarding these and more, just visit the CBP online resources. You’ll find some rules to be stringent while others come with only a few restrictions.
The rules surrounding firearms are particularly strict. Let’s go through what you can expect to unfold if you attempt to bring a firearm into the country.
What Happens When You Get Off Your Cruise?
We’ll start with a general description of what it is like to return to the country from a cruise. The process is somewhat more complex than what you might imagine.
You cannot simply step off the ship and call a cab. Instead, you must pass through a multi-layered disembarkation process. Typically, this process is fairly uniform and will include these steps:
- Closing out all onboard purchases
- Exiting the ship in groups according to a preset schedule
- Claiming luggage
- Going through Customs
- Connecting to other modes of transportation
You should expect this process to take a few hours. This is partially due to the number of travelers attempting to disembark. It also has to do with the safety and security measures that must be in place. Only after going through this in-depth process can you proceed to travel home. As it relates to firearms, going through customs is the most critical part of this process.
How Customs Treats Firearms
When you go through customs, an officer will ask you if you have anything to declare. This is your opportunity to be forthcoming regarding the items you are transporting. As a high priority item, a firearm is something you should always declare when you reach customs.
Recall the hypothetical earlier in which a cruiser buys a firearm at a port. They may get their firearm past cruise security. But getting through customs is an entirely different challenge.
To bring a firearm into the United States, you need to have a permit from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. Considering the cruiser in our hypothetical situation bought their gun at a port of call, it is unlikely they will receive this permit. Additionally, it often takes several months to be granted a permit.
This process will require a background check. It will also require the serial number of the firearms you are transporting. This can be tough to achieve depending on the firearm seller’s legitimacy at your port of call.
What Happens If I Fail to Declare a Firearm?
As mentioned above, Customs will ask you if you have anything to declare. This implies that the system relies on you to volunteer information. The insidious among us may attempt to skirt this responsibility. But doing so is not only ill-advised. It is completely illegal.
If you fail to declare an item at customs, they may seize that item with no intention of returning it to you. This can include further punishment, as well. For instance, you may have fines levied against you.
Crossing the border in any capacity is a serious endeavor. Be sure to follow all regulations to avoid getting into any legal trouble. For those hoping to bring firearms into the country, be very careful. Seek to transport firearms in full accordance with the law. Follow all orders from Customs officers and remain compliant with the clearly listed rules of the CBP.
Best Way to Transport a Gun
Not all gun enthusiasts are as willing to break the rules as the person in our hypothetical. In fact, the majority of owners respect the important laws surrounding firearms. So, how can a law-abiding person go about bringing a gun into the United States?
The first step is to acquire a permit from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. With a long turn around time, you should do this well before your trip. This lead time implies that you are a responsible buyer.
Knowing you will be buying a gun in advance means you probably know a reputable seller in the area you are visiting. This will mean the gun you buy is likely registered and has a serial number. If you are successful in getting a permit, you need to know how to safely transport your new gun once you are back in the country. Here are a few important guidelines:
- Ensure the firearm is unloaded
- Put the firearm in a case
- Lock the firearm in an inaccessible place like a trunk or checked luggage
- Know the specific laws of the states through which your gun will pass
Following these steps may help you bring a gun home legally. However, before you do this, conduct careful legal research to ensure you know and follow all relevant laws.
Other Banned Items
It is not a surprise that guns are banned on cruise ships when you consider the safety risk. But other banned items might surprise you. Some of these are weapons. Others are items that you might think are relatively harmless.
What is Considered a Weapon on a Cruise Ship?
The term weapon might have a different meaning to different people. Some might only consider firearms and other obvious items. Other people have a much longer list of what they consider to be dangerous.
Cruise lines fall into the second category. Along with firearms, there are a few other items of which cruise ships are wary. Some of these may seem harmless to you. But to a cruise ship prioritizing safety at all times, these are a risk:
- Archery equipment
- CBD and medical marijuana
- Diving spear guns
- Scissors longer than four inches
Some of these items seem to be ridiculous additions to the list. But these are not the only strange items you will find banned on cruise ships. Cruise lines set their own safety rules with little regard for what you think is reasonable. To further illustrate this, let’s look at one final item that is often, surprisingly, banned on many cruise ships.
Toy Guns on Cruise Ships
That’s right, even items that look like guns are not allowed on cruise ships. Although these items are clearly toys meant for children, cruise lines are not willing to take any chances.
In fairness, these days, toy guns can have a highly realistic appearance. This adds to the excitement of playing with them. However, it is this appearance that cruise ships don’t like. Cruise lines are worried that other guests will mistake a toy gun for a real one. Presumably, the issue is that this mistake will lead to fear among the guests. Even water guns are not allowed on many ships for this reason.
The surprising part about this is what appears to be a level of hypocrisy. The same ships that ban toy guns may have a gift shop with toy weapons. The ship has no issue with children playing with the toys they are selling. But they are unwilling to allow children to bring their own toy weapons.
But even if this seems unfair, there is no getting around this rule. Even if the reasoning seems flawed, the cruise line sets the rules.
The answer here is clear. In nearly every scenario, you cannot bring a firearm on a cruise. To do so would be a violation of cruise ship rules. It is a violation of the law in many cases as well.
The same is true for other weapons as well. So, next time you are going on a cruise, don’t bring a firearm. That way, you won’t be breaking any rules. You’ll be reducing the risk of dangerous accidents too.
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Can you carry a gun on a cruise ship? ›
All weapons are prohibited on cruises due to cruise ship security regulations. Guns are not allowed, with or without a concealed carry permit. Mace, pepper sprays and knives of any type are prohibited. The information contained on this website is provided as a service to USCCA, Inc.Can you take a gun on a Carnival cruise? ›
Carnival Cruise Line prohibits weapons, illegal drugs and certain items that could interfere with the safe operation of its ships or compromise the safety and secure environment of its guests and crew.Is anyone on a cruise ship armed? ›
Though unlikely, hijackers or pirates may try to take control of a ship. Cruise companies see the risk of this kind of terrorism. In response, many cruise companies place armed security on each of their ships. These trained professionals are ready to defend the passengers on board.Can a cop carry a gun on a cruise? ›
No, a US police officer cannot take a gun into a cruise ship. Cruise ships have strict security protocols in place to ensure the safety of all passengers and crew members on board. As such, firearms are not allowed onboard any cruise ship regardless of who is carrying them.Do cruise ships check your carry-on? ›
When you arrive at the Port Authority Security in the cruise terminal, you will pass a security checkpoint where all carry-on luggage goes through X-rays and other baggage is checked in. All checked bags on cruise ships are scanned.Do they check your carry-on on a cruise? ›
Will my bags be searched on a cruise ship? All baggage brought on board the ship will be X-rayed. When you go through security you will set your bags on the x-ray machine like you'd find at an airport. Checked luggage is also X-rayed behind the scenes.Can you carry a pocket knife on a cruise ship? ›
So if you have a pocket knife that you carry everywhere, you can actually bring it with you on the cruise. Just be sure that you aren't flying to the port as they aren't allowed on planes. (Be sure to double-check before you sail that the policy is still in place.)Do you have to go through a metal detector on a Carnival Cruise? ›
As for your person, you will go through a metal detector. We have yet to go through a port that has the body scanners that have caused so much controversy at airports. This means you can keep things in your pockets, as long as is isn't metal. You also do not have to remove belts or shoes.How much does a security guard on a cruise ship make? ›
As of Apr 12, 2023, the average annual pay for a Security Officer Cruise Ship in the United States is $58,595 a year. Just in case you need a simple salary calculator, that works out to be approximately $28.17 an hour. This is the equivalent of $1,126/week or $4,882/month.Are there armed security guards on cruise ships? ›
Most entry-level security guards aboard cruise ships work unarmed until they gain more experience and attend a firearms safety course. As you advance to the rank of a security officer, it's important to complete this firearms training to obtain certification to carry firearms aboard passenger vessels.
Is there a police station on a cruise ship? ›
There are no police on a cruise ship. Everyone from passenger to crew is subject to the control of the master or captain who answers only to the cruise line.What is the hardest job on a cruise ship? ›
Among many difficult jobs on cruise ships, handpicking the toughest one is tricky. Still, one job will stand out in terms of horrific working conditions and cruel working hours-the galley steward.Can you smoke on a cruise ship? ›
Can you smoke on a cruise ship? You may smoke on a cruise ship, but only in designated smoking areas. On most ships operated by U.S. cruise lines, all indoor public spaces are off-limits with the exceptions being the casino (or part of the casino), a cigar lounge (if the ship has one) and one or two other lounges.Has a pirate ever attacked a cruise ship? ›
However, cruise ships have thorough procedures to protect themselves from pirates, particularly in areas known for high rates of attacks. There were only six reports of pirates attempting to attack cruise ships over the last 10 years. – in fact there has never been a successful pirate attack on a cruise ship.Do cruise ships carry guns in case of pirates? ›
Merchant ships now plying in high piracy affected areas such as Gulf of Aden (GOA) carry Armed Guards along with a series of non-lethal weaponry to thwart any kind of piracy attempt. Mentioned herein is a list of non-lethal anti-piracy weapons that are used or can be used to fight piracy at high seas.Do cruise ships check your bags for drugs? ›
With the assistance of narcotics-sniffing dogs, all bags may be subject to drug screening, including at foreign ports of call where authorities are often present enforcing local laws. Any guest found to be in possession of illegal drugs will be denied boarding and no refunds or compensation will be issued.Are there drug sniffing dogs on cruise ships? ›
When you board a cruise ship, your bags will be x-rayed to check for alcohol and weapons. At many ports, the luggage is also checked by a sniffer dog who may be trained to detect drugs and explosives.Do you get searched before you go on a cruise? ›
Passengers must pass through an airport-style detector and they will have a digital photo taken. Most cruise lines employ former police or military personnel to process boarding checks, and scent dogs may be present to check for drugs, which are among many items prohibited on board.What is security like getting on a cruise ship? ›
Upon entering the terminal, you'll need to show your cruise documents and go through a security line. You will need to pass through an x-ray machine and have your carry-ons scanned, but the process is not as rigorous as at the airport. (You likely won't need to remove your shoes, for example.)What is considered a carry-on on a cruise ship? ›
In addition, you must personally carry-on any boarding documentation (passports, Visas, I.D), valuables, medications and any items which require special handling. To fit neatly in your stateroom, each bag should be no bigger than 140cm x 60cm x 40cm.
Can I bring a 12 pack of soda on Royal Caribbean? ›
Guests may also bring non-alcoholic beverages as carry-on items on boarding day. Non-alcoholic beverages may not exceed 12 standard (17 oz.) cans, bottles or cartons per stateroom.Can you bring full size toiletries on a cruise? ›
You are allowed to bring a quart-size, zip-lock bag of liquids, aerosols, gels, creams and pastes though the checkpoint in carryon luggage. These combined items need to be less than 3 ounces. More information from the TSA. So the 3-1-1 rule is the TSA's quick reminder: 3 ounces, 1 quart bag and 1 bag per traveler.What happens if you get caught smoking on a Carnival Cruise? ›
They will be assessed a $500 charge, per violation, on their Sail & Sign® account. Information on this charge is included in Section 8 of Carnival's Cruise Ticket Contract. The assessment of this charge does not allow a guest to continue smoking in his/her stateroom.How much do cruise ship staff get paid? ›
|Annual Salary||Monthly Pay|
A cruise ship crew member for Carnival, Royal Caribbean, or Norwegian Cruise Line can earn an annual average between $16,000 to $20,000. For leadership staff onboard cruise ships, the annual salary can be much higher from $30,000 to $100,000.What is the average salary of a cruise ship room attendant? ›
Average American Cruise Lines Room Attendant yearly pay in the United States is approximately $50,012, which is 82% above the national average.Do cruise ships have a jail cell? ›
Are there jails on cruise ships? Yes, cruise ships have brigs, which is the nautical term for a jail on a vessel, including a cruise ship. The term comes from the word "brigantine," which is a type of two-masted sailing ship formerly used to house criminals.What defenses do cruise ships have? ›
The outer defense line includes the physical security measures taken by the security division and the cruise lines before passengers and crew go on board. The inner defense line involves the security measures taken inside a cruise ship after the passengers and crew are already on board.Where is the jail on a cruise ship? ›
Typically the jail onboard is below deck in the marshaling area where provisions are loaded or somewhere along I-95 (the route that runs through the middle of the ship). However, cruise lines do not use the onboard jail as much as they used to. Instead, many lines will confine guests in their cabin instead.What is code Papa on cruise ship? ›
What does Papa mean on a cruise ship? The cruise code “Papa” may sound innocuous, and cute even, but don't be lulled into a false sense of security, it means the ship has encountered an oil spill or some other form of pollution.
Are cruise ship captains armed? ›
Do ship captains carry guns? Cruise ship captains do not carry guns. However, the captain and the staff captain can give permission to the security team to arm themselves if necessary in order to protect the guests and crew members from an immediate threat.Are there curfews on cruise ships? ›
The vast majority of cruise lines don't publish official curfews, though they do rely on parents to exercise good judgement. Perhaps somewhat surprisingly, the very kid-friendly Disney Cruise Line does not have an official policy regarding curfew for underage cruisers.Do cruise ship workers get free food? ›
Do cruise ship employees get free food? A majority of cruise ship lines offer their employees free food throughout the duration of their contracts. There's typically a special kitchen on the boat that prepares food for staff members. Employees may eat in separate dining areas, depending on their classifications.What is the easiest job on a cruise ship? ›
- Cabin steward.
- Activity coordinator.
Charlie, Charlie, Charlie is the code for a security threat aboard Royal Caribbean ships and the code for upcoming helicopter winch operations aboard c-bed accommodation vessels. Code Blue usually means a medical emergency. Delta, Delta, Delta is the code for a possible bio-hazard among some cruise lines.How many packs of cigarettes can you take on a cruise? ›
You can pack an unlimited number of cigarettes in your carry-on bag, checked luggage or both, but you're limited to one fueled lighter in your carry-on. If you want to pack lighters in your checked bag, you're limited to two, and they must either be unfueled or stored in a DOT-approved case.Can I smoke on the balcony of my room on a cruise ship? ›
Smoking is not permitted inside any stateroom and any stateroom balcony. This applies to all stateroom categories onboard. Electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes are only permitted within the designated smoking areas. Casino Royale allows smoking and has a designated area for non-smoking guests.How many cartons of cigarettes can you take off a cruise ship? ›
For tobacco, the limit (except in a few special cases) is 200 cigarettes or 100 cigars.How much does a cruise captain make? ›
How much does a cruise ship captain make? While there's no explicit salary data for a cruise ship captain, the average annual salary for a captain is $92,125 per year . These salaries can vary for several reasons, such as a captain's work experience, their certifications, licensure, employer and other accreditations.How deep does a cruise ship sit in the water? ›
The Physics of Water Displacement
That means the vessel has to be extremely wide to compensate for the weight-to-water ratio. Approximately 30 feet (9 meters) of the average large cruise ship sits underwater, but as you'll see below, there are more understandable ways to measure this.
What was the worst cruise ship incident? ›
|Aground with rigid lifeboats in foreground and inflatables hanging from the side of the ship|
|Date||13 January 2012|
|Cause||Struck a rock while deviating from planned course|
|Participants||4,252 (3,206 passengers; 1,023 crew and personnel)|
|Deaths||33 (27 passengers, 5 crew, 1 salvage member)|
Cruise Ship Travel
All weapons are prohibited on cruises due to cruise ship security regulations. Guns are not allowed, with or without a concealed carry permit. Mace, pepper sprays and knives of any type are prohibited. The information contained on this website is provided as a service to USCCA, Inc.
Medical staff varies by ship size, but typically ships have a doctor and at least two nurses. The world's largest cruise ships may have two doctors and five or six nurses.Can a hurricane sink a cruise ship? ›
Most likely a hurricane will not impact your cruise, but you might incur an itinerary change if a hurricane is in the path of a port of call on your cruise itinerary.Can I carry a gun in the Bahamas? ›
U.S. citizens must present a passport. Before leaving the islands of The Bahamas, be sure to surrender your copy of the immigration card at the last Bahamian port you visit. If you have a firearm on board, you must declare it with Bahamian Customs. Only shotguns and handguns are allowed in Bahamian waters.What does CODE RED mean on a cruise ship? ›
Code Red: Outbreak of norovirus or other illness. It means the ship must undergo deep cleaning and sick passengers should stay in their rooms. Code Green and Code Yellow indicate less severe problems.Do ship captains carry guns? ›
Vessel captains usually have a firearm or two with ammo locked in their safe, to protect the crew and ship.Can a US citizen carry a gun overseas? ›
Even though it is not possible to carry concealed as an international visitor, you can definitely still take your guns with you to foreign countries so long as you have a legitimate purpose for doing so and follow all of the laws set forth by the United States and the country you'll be visiting.What country can you not carry a gun? ›
Some countries have gone a step further and have made possession and ownership of firearms completely illegal. These countries have a complete ban on civilian ownership of firearms, and the two countries with the largest population to have this rule are Myanmar and North Korea.Can you travel with a gun outside the US? ›
Permanent export regulations require that prior to traveling outside the United States with firearms and/or ammunition, all departing persons must obtain a valid and appropriate DDTC or BIS export license or qualify for a valid license exemption.
What do pineapples mean on a cruise? ›
On a cruise ship, the secret symbol of an upside-down pineapple is regularly used as a code for swinging or “wife-swapping”. In most cases, an illustrated and upside-down pineapple is fixed to the cabin door of a guest interested in swinging and partner swapping.What does code mike mean on cruise ship? ›
Operation Bright Star (Code Mike on Oceania Cruises) – medical emergency, urgent assistance required. Operation Rising Star – someone died on board. Oscar, Oscar, Oscar – man overboard on Royal Caribbean ships.Do cruise ships have security against pirates? ›
There is no particular law in place that cruise lines must follow to ensure the safety of their passengers from pirate attacks. However, International Maritime Organization suggests some tactics to evade pirate attacks and ransom paid for terrorist attacks.What is a gun on a ship called? ›
Naval artillery is artillery mounted on a warship, originally used only for naval warfare and then subsequently used for more specialized roles in surface warfare such as naval gunfire support (NGFS) and anti-aircraft warfare (AAW) engagements.