If you're geeking out over your new drone, you've probably wondered whether you can take it on your next cruise for flying and photography fun. Cruise Critic researched individual cruise line policies on drones to determine what you can and can't do with a drone onboard.
. ### Why do most cruise lines not allow drones onboard?Many lines consider drones a safety and security risk. Some cruise lines worry a drone would interfere with a ship's operation. There are also concerns that a drone would crash on deck or violate the privacy of other guests. ### What happens if my drone inadvertently takes flight onboard or is caught flying in an unauthorized area or port?In most cases, the drone will be confiscated and returned to the passenger at the end of the voyage. If the drone was involved in an incident or accident, it will be confiscated and turned over to the appropriate law enforcement agency. Flying in an unauthorized area onshore could also result in a fine or other legal penalty. Local authorities might confiscate a rogue drone and not return it.### You say these are the rules, but I'm hearing other things from fellow cruisers. What should I do?Cruise lines are constantly reevaluating these policies so the best way to get the correct answers to drone questions is to contact the company directly.Carnival, for example, said it was prompted to add a drone-related question to its website's FAQ because it received so many questions. A Cunard spokesperson said it is reviewing its current no-drone policy in light of advancement in drone technology. ### Do the same policies apply if I am a licensed drone pilot with substantial drone experience?Yes. Even if you are considered the equivalent of Tom Cruise in "Top Gun" in the drone-operating world, no drones means no drones.### I'm a professional photographer and have received permission from a port to use my drone there. Can I get a special exception to bring the drone onboard a non-Carnival or non-Royal Caribbean ship if I promise not to use it at any other time?The only way to find out about special exceptions is to contact the cruise line directly.
Updated January 08, 2020