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dive knife on cruise ship
nutralbouy - 7/19/2008 6:46 PM
Category: Travel
Replies: 11

I have just just booked a cruise for western caribean on a new ship carnaval-Dream in spring 2010, I have never done this before. my question is....will the cruise ship accept knives or take the dive knives from me ?
GADiver - 7/19/2008 7:33 PM
We did a Royal Caribbean cruise couple of years ago, on Majesty of the Seas... While I don’t carry a big honkin’ spear, I didn’t have any problem with a folding titanium BC knife, or the EMT shears, that I had in with the checked baggage. 
seawolfdiving - 7/19/2008 9:24 PM

One option would be to contact the cruise line that you booked the trip with and simply ask them. I’m sure that they would be able to fill you in on any limitations, etc...

Usually, they are not too concerned with dive gear(dive knife or divers tool), but they do frown upon things like spearguns and such. Also, some islands/countries don’t allow spearguns to be brought into their territories.

ScouterJT - 7/20/2008 11:08 AM
DCL will confiscate a dive knife and hold it for you until the end of your cruise
nutralbouy - 7/20/2008 4:21 PM
well that sucks, I guess the only option I have for safty equipment is EMT scissors
nutralbouy - 7/20/2008 4:22 PM
thanks for the tip
nutralbouy - 7/21/2008 8:03 PM
thanks for the tip, I did find part of the rules of what to bring ( scuba equipment} 
nutralbouy - 7/21/2008 8:06 PM

thanks everybody for your input, this is what I found. for canival .....

Scuba Gear Diving Knives: Diving knives are permitted on board. Due to security reasons, the knife will be confiscated by Shoreside Security at embarkation and turned over to the ship’s Chief Security Officer. The guest will sign for the knife for diving excursions and return it to the Chief Security Officer upon returning to the ship. At the end of the cruise, the knife is returned to the guest in the cruise ship terminal.

JollyRoger - 7/27/2008 11:27 PM
I went on a 7 day cruise last year with Princess Cruiselines. I was told that I could have a dive Knife that was under 3.5 inches as long as it was a dive knife and had a blunt tip. I took my BC knife which fit that description and I had no problems getting on or off the boat with it at every port of call. I brought it to their attn at every entry before they run it through the X-ray and explained that it was a dive knife and part of my dive gear. They let me pass everytime with it. Looks like every Cruise Line is different, it would be best to just call anytime we travel just to be sure. I’ve also had Dive Masters ask that no one take a knife on their dive as a measure to protect the reef from clowns prying off chunks of coral etc.. So you might want to contact the Co your diving with to see if their Coolio with it too.
JollyRoger - 7/27/2008 11:35 PM
Oh and it seems kind of rediculas that they hold your knife for you when your not diving for security purposes. I mean they give you a nice sharp knife with every meal or will deliver one to your room with room service. I never saw them counting the knives at the table when everyone got up! So its a typical security farse to make everyone feel safe. So watch out - everyone on the boat has a knife and they might be out to get you! LOL
nutralbouy - 7/28/2008 9:11 AM

you made a good point, about knives at tables and holding for security,
But I do not know who doing the charter dives. I have never been on a cruise line or been in salt water so this will be exciting for me