Most reasonable travelers understand that there are rules in place on a cruise ship just as there are in every part of the world. The rules are designed to keep everyone safe and to ensure that everyone on the ship has a good time without infringing on other guests’ rights. But there are a few things that you could be surprised to learn you will not be able to do on most cruise ships.
There are often a great number of pools on the mega cruise ships, but that does not mean that you are welcome to use all of them. Many ships have age restrictions for the various pools. Some are geared toward families and require a parent with young children or even an age limit if the pool is specifically for toddlers and small children. Other pools are specifically for adults only, which on some cruise lines means 16 and over while others are 18 and over.
Some cruise lines even have an age limit for passengers. For example, Windstar Cruises does not allow children under the age of 8 and any guest under the age of 21 must be accompanied by a guest who is over 25 years old. There is also an adult only rule on the Virgin Voyages Cruise Line.
There are a few electronic toys and gadgets that might not be welcome on your cruise ship as well. In many cases, even a toy version of a drone is not allowed. The use of hoverboards, bikes, scooters and Heely shoes are also banned from many cruise lines in an effort to reduce the chance of a dangerous collision on the crowded ship. Additional banned toys include any video game that is not handheld, and kites.
In accordance with the rules and laws that most of us are used to on land, cruise ships ban all smoking and vaping anywhere on the ship. Some ships offer a very small area for smoking, but that should be investigated on a ship by ship basis before booking if the ability to smoke is important to you. You will also want to investigate the dress code on any ship that you are considering. Most are fairly relaxed during the day but have more strict dress codes in the evening. Some include no flip-flops or hats in the dining areas in the evening, and no bare feet, no tank tops and no bathing suits in some areas of the ship regardless of the time of day.
Understanding the rules and guidelines of any ship you are considering is very important to your enjoyment of your vacation. If you are uncertain about any limitations or expectations that you might have, your best bet is to call or email the cruise line before booking.