Definitely not! Some time ago the cruise industry decided that irons were a fire hazzard and banned them. However, a few individual ships have public laundry rooms where irons are provided as a courtesy. IMHO, irons are a lot less of a fire hazard than the fact that smoking is permitted in the cabins. If I were cruise management, I'd be a whole lot more concerned about an intoxicated passenger passing out in bed with a lit cigarette than a (more than likely) sober passenger pressing out the wrinkles in a shirt. I don't understand why irons and ironing boards can't be provided in each stateroom (as they are in virtually all hotels/motels these days), and if fire is the real reason irons are banned, why not purchase the kind with automatic shut-offs? True there is laundry and pressing service provided for a charge on board, but this is not something that's practical when you want to wear the garment right away.
Carnival has self-service laundry on each passenger deck, each laundry room has an iron.
Cruisecrazy2 - the reason that irons are considered a fire hazzard by the cruise line, is the fact that if the ship pitched or rolled, the iron could fall to the floor, onto the bed and catch them on fire.
...assuming the iron was left unattended, I suppose that could happen. But it still doesn't make sense that passengers can smoke in their cabins. If a lit cigarette was left in an ashtray and the ship pitched or rolled, the ashtray and lit cigarette could fall to the floor, onto the bed and catch them on fire just as easily.
Try Downey Wrinkle Releaser found in the laundry area of Target or WalMart. Works great on many types of material. I still bring my little travel iron but am very careful and I don't smoke. FYI - RCI ships do not have self service laundry rooms like Carnival does. Has to be sent out.
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The Downy Wrinkle Release works great! I was skeptical about it when I first saw it mentioned on these boards, but tried it and it really works.
If smoking was not allowed in the cabins there would be a lot of people who wouldn't cruise. (See Paradise-the first non-smoking ship, now a "regular" ship) Besides, how would they monitor this? Would the cabin stewards risk losing their tips by reporting that someone was smoking? As long as smoking is legal, people will smoke. I've never heard of anyone causing a fire in their cabin because they were smoking. It may have happened, but I've never heard of it.
MOST people who smoke are very careful, not just on ships, but everywhere else.
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Buy a cheap 7.00 iron from walmart,target,or kmart and pack it in your bag aong with a extension cord,and a can of spray starch.Also bring along some detergent,because mid way during the cruise you will want to wash your favorite wear.
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My appologies to any smokers out there--no offense intended. I have no problem with people smoking in their cabins. What I was trying to say is that I find it illogical that irons are banned, but smoking is not, and IMO, both can be a fire hazard if not used carefully. I believe we are all adults and understand the serious danger of fire at sea. Therefore, in the interest of passenger comfort and convenience, I believe both should be permitted.