You’re going on a cruise, you are taking formal gear that has been screwed up in your suitcase for over 24 hours, of course you need an iron… why wouldn’t you? Sadly most cruise lines do not allow travel irons to be packed and taken on board. Check out this post to find out the rules for each cruise line and who allows travel irons.
Let’s face it, irons are not particularly safe and you are on a cruise ship, the last place you want a fire to break out….It only takes one careless person to leave the iron on after all. But rules are changing, some cruise lines are changing the rules and allowing irons. Newer ships have automatic electric shutoffs in the cabins meaning irons could not be left on when no one was in the room. This could be the reason why things are changing…
Azamara do not allow travel irons onboard. But each floor has a self service laundry with irons and boards free of charge.
CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES
Carnival States: For our guest’s safety we do not allows irons in staterooms. However each ship has at least 2 self-service launderettes located on the stateroom decks. There are two or three washers and dryers, and one iron and ironing board in each launderette.
Celebrity States: Candles, Incense, Coffee Makers, Clothes Irons, Travel Steamers & Hot Plates. (Items that generate heat or produce an open flame. This includes heating pads, clothing irons, hotplates, candles, incense and any other item that may create a fire hazard.
Travel irons are NOT allowed on Costa Cruises.
Cunard States: Irons are available in our laundrettes. Please do not pack your own iron as this will not be permitted on board.
Disney States: Electric irons and Steamers are forbidden (all ships offer self-service laundry facilities equipped with irons and ironing boards)
Fred Olsen States: Travel irons are not permitted on any of our cruise ships. All of our ships (with the exception of Borealis) have at least one fully equipped Laundry Room, complete with self service washing machines filled with with detergent and softener. Just collect a token from Guest Services (there is a small fee of £2 for this service) and pop it in the machine. Also in the Laundry Rooms are tumble driers, irons and ironing boards.
HOLLAND AMERICA LINE
Travel irons are NOT allowed on Holland America.
You may take a travel iron on the ship, however if the device is determined to pose a hazard they will be removed and returned on the last day of the cruise prior to disembarkation. There’s also a laundry service onboard the ships where you can pay for your clothes to be pressed on-demand. If you’ve chosen a cabin with premier service, you get a free pressing service for the formal night.
Travel irons are NOT allowed on MSC.
NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINES
Norwegian States: Guests are not permitted to bring and use their own irons or steamers onboard. Norwegian Cruise Line carries a limited number of irons and ironing boards which can be loaned to guests for a few hours at a time. They can be requested through housekeeping or Guest Services Desk.
Irons and steamers would both be taken from guests at embarkation and returned at the end of the sailing.
P&O Do not allow travel irons onboard. But each floor has a self service laundry with irons and boards free of charge.
Princess Cruises: do not allow travel irons to be packed. However there are irons available in the onboard laundry rooms.
ROYAL CARIBBEAN INTERNATIONAL
RCI States: Irons and clothes steamers are prohibited items and should not be brought with you on your vacation. RCI do offer a wash and press laundry service, but it can be quite expensive.
Travel irons are not allowed onboard. Irons are available in the complimentary self-service launderettes
Clothing irons are a no go on board, but if you need to bring flat iron for your hair, that’s ok.
So in conclusion at the moment (current FEB 2022) the only cruise line that currently allows travel irons to come onboard is Marella/TUI. We actually took an iron onboard with us and guess what, we didn’t use it once! You may think you will need it but if you pack properly you can avoid it.