Published On: Fri, Sep 29th, 2017

Cruise safety – Do cruise ships have security scanners REVEALED

Cruise ships are the popular new way to travel around the world as more and more choose to explore the world by boat.

With recent IT problems at Gatwick Airport and Ryanair flight cancellations, sailing around the world may seem like an easier option.

However, one issue that passengers may forget about is the security side to the holiday at sea, due to the passengers frequently getting on and off the ship in many different countries and destinations.

So do cruise ships have security scanners? Cruise liners reveal the secrets behind keeping passengers safe onboard.

One key aspect is scanning luggage and suitcases to check they don’t have anything dangerous or prohibited on the cruise holiday.

Whilst some minor rule breaking such as alcohol and own food can be caught, it also stops anything else being brought onboard that could put passengers at risk.

A Royal Caribbean spokesperson told Express Online that: “100 per cent of all luggage, carry-ons and provisions coming onto our ships [are screened] with X-ray machines, metal detectors, human searches, sniffer dogs and other methods.”

Therefore everything that passengers bring on within their bags are checked, meaning no smuggling of weapons of dangerous items will get past.

However, it seems that cruise liners have very similar methods of security checks compared to airports, putting travellers minds at ease.

A spokesperson from Princess Cruises confirmed: “Our onboard computer system and security team track via photo ID each guest and crew member, including whether they are on or off a ship, at all times.

This will then help to allow passengers to board and depart at ease as well as not allow any people who aren’t passengers to get onto the ship. 

They continued: ”Princess Cruises monitors and analyses information regarding safety and security from many sources, which includes liaising with government intelligence agencies, local immigration authorities and on-the-ground port security. 

“Other measures we take include employing x-ray or other devices to inspect all bags, luggage and supplies that come aboard our ships.” 

Therefore anyone who fears they may be at risk when choosing a cruise liner over a plane should rest assured that checks are always carried out when boarding.

Online user Adam Richards who has experienced the security from a cruise ship himself confirmed on Quora: “As of a recent cruise I took, the security to get on a cruise was very similar to that at a regional airport. 

“All bags were scanned and we went through a metal detector having had to take off outer garments and put metal objects on the belt.”

Passengers should also make sure they’re aware of what to do if they get left behind on land as well, and what steps they need to take next.

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