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Old September 3rd, 2010, 02:42 PM
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I was just looking at the Carnival website regarding items you may not bring on board. They have now listed steamers. I use to take a travel iron and then I learned that was not allowed so I purchased a steamer. Now that is not allowed either. I also have always taken a kettle to heat water. It heats in less than a minute and has an automatic shut off in 10 minutes. Any info on the changes. Thanks
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It all has to do with limiting fire hazards onboard. Those are all items that can potentually start a fire, which is a major hazard onboard a ship at sea.
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I completely under stand the fire risk. That is why I was sure to purchase a kettle that shuts off automatically, which probably poses no more risk than a curling iron. Yet they will let someone who has had way too much to drink go to their cabin and light a cigarette. Someone falling asleep with a lit cigarette scares me much more. I am not proposing you stop people from smoking. For the smoker who can't smoke a cruise would be a nightmare. I am just commenting on the fire hazard.
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I never understood not being allowed to bring a travel iron. The ships provide blowdryers which could catch on fire; so I don't get it. Good luck.
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I never understood not being allowed to bring a travel iron. The ships provide blowdryers which could catch on fire; so I don't get it. Good luck.
It has to do with the large flat surface of the travel iron. Large flat surfaces that can heat up to well over a hundred degrees can cause a fire quite easily. Steamers and kettles also have a heating element that gets quite hot as well. It doesn't matter if it shuts off automatically, all it takes is less then a minute for it to start a fire. Unlike your home or in a hotel, a cruise ship at sea will roll and pitch with the sea, and the possibility of any appliance that can get that hot falling off a table or vanity is a serious fire risk.

The hair dryers are attached to the wall in the bathroom, so they cannot fall out onto the carpet, and thus they are not such a risk. That is why they are allowed, but you cannot bring your hair dryer onboard.

It also doesn't matter how careful you promise to be with your iron or steamer. Fire onboard a ship at sea is way too serious event that can coast many lives, so the cruiselines just cannot allow them onboard. If they allow 1 passenger to bring an iron onboard, they would have to allow everybody, and they just cannot do that. It only takes 1 careless passenger.
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Scott while I agree with you on why items are banned;I also agree with Susan that smoking in cabins is a bigger fire hazzard aboard ship
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I agree that the electrical appliances should be banned and understand why, as a fire on a ship is the most dangerous thing they face.
However, I also agree and do worry about some drunk flopping down at 2-3 a.m with a lit cigarette and starting a fire, as well as idiots that throw cigarette and cigar butts overboard despite being repeatedly warned not to do that. In all honesty, I'm surprised there's not more fires aboard a ship than the few that there has been in recent years. Hopefully though there'll never be another.
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I was just looking at the Carnival website regarding items you may not bring on board. They have now listed steamers. I use to take a travel iron and then I learned that was not allowed so I purchased a steamer. Now that is not allowed either. I also have always taken a kettle to heat water. It heats in less than a minute and has an automatic shut off in 10 minutes. Any info on the changes. Thanks

We have been cruising since 2006 . They always never allowed steamers , travel irons and other similar appliances .Why would you want to carry a heavy steamer when the shower does a go steaming job.
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I never understood not being allowed to bring a travel iron. The ships provide blowdryers which could catch on fire; so I don't get it. Good luck.
On the blow dryers you physically have to push a trigger to use the unit.

Someone commented about smoking . The difference is that electrical fires don't produce a lot of smoke to trigger the smoke detector . A smoldering cigarette produces smoke very quickly and will set the alarm off.

As part of my electrical training we had to learn this difference.8)
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On the blow dryers you physically have to push a trigger to use the unit.

Someone commented about smoking . The difference is that electrical fires don't produce a lot of smoke to trigger the smoke detector . A smoldering cigarette produces smoke very quickly and will set the alarm off.

As part of my electrical training we had to learn this difference.8)
Thanks for the info, although people smoking while intoxicated still scares the heck out of me.
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