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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Prohibited Items and Packing Tips

This is straight off the Disney Cruise Line Website:

Items prohibited on board ship and on Castaway Cay. 
  • Firearms, ammunition, knives (including dive knives), swords, daggers and any other types of weapons
  • Toy guns or other replicas of firearms and weapons
  • Highly flammable liquids and combustible substances
  • Liquid oxygen
  • Non-prescribed controlled substances, illegal drugs, medically prescribed and synthetic marijuana
  • Hookah pipes
  • Power tools and toolboxes (except those utilized by vendors providing services)
  • Potentially dangerous sporting equipment, including baseball and cricket bats, hockey and lacrosse sticks, pool cues, ski poles, fishing gear and archery equipment. (Golf clubs are permitted as long as they are stored inside your stateroom.)
  • Scuba equipment such as tanks, spears, spear guns, slings, dive knives, pry bars, and underwater scooters. (Masks and snorkels are allowed)
  • Remote-controlled helicopters, airplanes, drones or similar devices
  • Kites, balloons, surfboards, wave boards, inflatable floats, pool noodles, inflatable pools and wagons
  • Bicycles, scooters, skateboards, hoverboards, inline & roller skates, any footwear with wheels (i.e. Heely’s type shoes) and Segways, or other wheeled mobility devices with less than 3 wheels and devices that cannot maintain stability and balance when stopped, unpowered or unoccupied. Training wheels or similar modifications are not permitted.
  • Wheeled transport devices other than those required by Guests with disabilities
  • Electrical appliances such as rice cookers, hot plates, coffee makers, blenders, electric irons, electric blankets, heating pads, bottle sterilizers and warmers
    • Please note: A limited number of approved bottle warmers and bottle sterilizers are available upon request through Guest Services
    • All ships offer self-service laundry facilities with irons and ironing boards. Portable fans are permitted in your stateroom. However, you must contact Guest Services to have the Chief Electrician approve your fan.
  • Candles and incense
  • DVD, VCR, and Blu-ray players
  • Gaming systems such as Playstation®, Xbox and Nintendo Wii (due to compatibility issues with the stateroom TVs)
  • Musical instruments
  • Ice chests and coolers, except for those permitted for storing medications, baby food and items related to dietary restrictions
  • Homemade, precooked or perishable foods or open food containers. Also, please refer to our guidelines on restricted food and beverages
  • Over-the-door hanging organizers
  • Metal detectors
  • Fireworks or pyrotechnics
  • Seasonal and/or celebratory light bulb strings
  • Extension cords or surge protectors
  • Ham radios

What about alcohol?

What about alcohol? How much, if any can I bring onboard? What types are allowed? Please see the information below directly taken from DCL's website on their alcohol policy.


Are Guests allowed to bring alcoholic beverages on board the ship?


Disney Cruise Line Guests 21 years and older may bring a maximum of 2 bottles of unopened wine or champagne (no larger than 750 ml) or 6 beers (no larger than 12 ounces) on board at the beginning of the voyage and at each port of call. These beverages must be packed in carry-on (not checked) bags or luggage.
Guests wishing to consume wine or champagne that they have brought on board in one of the dining rooms will be charged a corking fee of $25.00 per bottle.
Please note:
  • Any alcohol packed in checked luggage will be removed and stored until the end of the cruise.
  • All alcohol brought onboard must be in an original unopened container. Partially used bottles and those in which the seal has been broken will be destroyed and no compensation will be offered.
  • Any wine or champagne in excess of 2 bottles or beer in excess of 6 beers will be stored until the end of the cruise.
  • Bringing liquors and spirits (including powdered alcohol) on board is prohibited. These items will be stored until the end of the cruise.
  • Guest MUST retrieve any stored alcohol at the end of the cruise. Items not retrieved will be destroyed and no compensation will be offered.
  • Alcohol brought on board may not be consumed in any lounge or public area.

Please note that the Disney Cruise Line alcohol policy is subject to change without notice.

Packing Tips

Required or very important items:Passport (see required cruise documents section of the blog)
Cruise documents 
Credit card

Special occasions to pack for on Caribbean itineraries: 

Formal Night (you can rent gowns and tuxedos on the ship: If you prefer more formal attire during the optional dress-up evenings, you're invited to pre-order tailored formalwear rentals and have them delivered directly to your stateroom upon arrival. To learn more, visit Cruiseline Formalwear.

  • Women: SHOES!!! (Both of them), Dress or gown, accessories, sweater for dining rooms, make-up (if you wear it), curling iron/straightener or whatever you need to make your hair dazzling!
  • Men: Tuxedo or suit. If bringing a Tux, don't forget your buttons, bowtie, and cufflinks. We found this out the hard way that Disney Cruise Line does not sell them on the ship!
  • Don't forget your kiddos! Sunday best would be just fine on Formal Night.

Semi-formal Night: Same as formal night, just not as formal! Ladies, a nice dress/skirt will do. Men, nice slacks/polo or a button down shirt or a suit will do. 

Pirate Night: Make-up, costume, accessories. You can dress up as much as possible or not at all. DCL will give you bandanas to wear on Pirate Night. You can also purchase pirate gear in the shops on the ship. 

Tip: Many people think Nassau has pirate costumes since there is a history of pirate activity. Actually, Nassau does not sell much in the way of pirate gear. They have a few T-shirts and accessories in the Pirate Museum, but don't plan on buying a pirate costume there.

Items people are thankful they packed:

Clothespins (personally, I've never needed them, but people like to use them to hang wet suits on the clothesline in the bathroom)
Laundry soap
Autograph book (if you have kids)
Pins to trade
Mickey Ears
Ziploc bags for wet clothes
Sea Lice Ointment for Castaway Cay. When sea lice is bad, they will sometimes provide it. I have also seen it for sale in the shops on the ship and on the island.

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