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Meanee October 30th, 2017 04:14 PM

Any experience carrying drone onboard?
 
Hey all!

I am on December 1st sailing on Crown Princess to South Caribbean. I have a small drone that I would like to take with me. Aruba and Curacao allow it, Bonaire does not. Drone is small enough, when folded, to fit in a jacket pocket.

I know that drones are prohibited to be flown on a ship and I am not going to fly it there. Idea is to fly it at port of call, around some landmarks.

Was anyone successful bringing one without getting hassled by security? I'd rather not lose it.

neverbeenhere October 30th, 2017 04:24 PM

Princess says you may not BRING them onboard. Packaged correctly, you might swing it, but then again. They have no way to know that you won't "test fly" it in your stateroom.

Buy a cheap one in port, fly it, then give it away.

Or you might be able to convince the shop owner to "rent" it from them.

Meanee October 30th, 2017 06:43 PM

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Originally Posted by neverbeenhere (Post 54437490)
Princess says you may not BRING them onboard. Packaged correctly, you might swing it, but then again. They have no way to know that you won't "test fly" it in your stateroom.

Buy a cheap one in port, fly it, then give it away.

Or you might be able to convince the shop owner to "rent" it from them.

Not quite an option. Drone in question is $1000 Mavic Pro. It's tiny when folded. I am looking to do it for proper 4k aerial footage. Not something that I can do with a small one I can buy and give away.

Optotronics October 30th, 2017 06:49 PM

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Originally Posted by Meanee (Post 54438510)
Not quite an option. Drone in question is $1000 Mavic Pro. It's tiny when folded. I am looking to do it for proper 4k aerial footage. Not something that I can do with a small one I can buy and give away.

Then you have to decide if you will risk them not allowing it onboard and or finding it during their baggage screening process and losing it.

neverbeenhere October 30th, 2017 06:50 PM

Actually, Princess policy is " not allowed on board without a lawful reason". So, you might be able to get a letter from Princess to allow you to take the drone with certain conditions.


Decided I should look it up.

Optotronics October 30th, 2017 06:54 PM

They are prohibited items, which means not allowed on the ship....even if no being used onboard.
Here's a thread from about a year ago which may help you.
https://boards.cruisecritic.com/show....php?t=2425950

DaveinWhales October 30th, 2017 07:01 PM

Drone shooting would make a wonderful onboard activity, much more fun than shooting clays.

Fla Mike October 30th, 2017 07:08 PM

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Originally Posted by DaveinWhales (Post 54438656)
Drone shooting would make a wonderful onboard activity, much more fun than shooting clays.

Sign me up!

Meanee October 30th, 2017 07:23 PM

Just called Princess. The statement is that it's now allowed without a lawful reason. Account rep said that worst case scenario, they will hold it on a ship until end of cruise. Best case, I will be able to sign it out in port.

Optotronics October 30th, 2017 07:31 PM

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Originally Posted by Meanee (Post 54438806)
Just called Princess. The statement is that it's now allowed without a lawful reason. Account rep said that worst case scenario, they will hold it on a ship until end of cruise. Best case, I will be able to sign it out in port.

Then make sure you get it in writing before you go. What someone tells you over the phone may be very different when you get to the ship and having a letter from corporate will be your proof.

goodmud October 30th, 2017 07:32 PM

Please don't bring it to fly around landmarks. We were on a cruise this summer at the historic fort on St. Kitts. A couple had a drone flying above the the whole time, which really distracted from the visit for as it was loud and flying all around between people. In addition, there was a very clear sign when we entered the fort area that drones were not permitted. Just my opinion.

framer October 30th, 2017 07:36 PM

AS long as it folds up and does not look like a drone and be put in a bag with beach towels I'd say go for it. Don't take it out of the bag even in your room. The steward might be required to rat you out if he spots sitting out. IMHO its just like a camera until you fly it. Flying it on the ship could/would have you walking the gang plank. As an old photographer we do take the attitude to never ask permission but to beg for forgiveness or run like a bat out of HE-L...

Have fun.

framer

Meanee October 30th, 2017 08:32 PM

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Originally Posted by framer (Post 54438904)
AS long as it folds up and does not look like a drone and be put in a bag with beach towels I'd say go for it. Don't take it out of the bag even in your room. The steward might be required to rat you out if he spots sitting out. IMHO its just like a camera until you fly it. Flying it on the ship could/would have you walking the gang plank. As an old photographer we do take the attitude to never ask permission but to beg for forgiveness or run like a bat out of HE-L...

Have fun.

framer

Mavic Pro folds to the size of a DSLR, and it's bag looks like a camera bag. And yeah, I tend to think that I am much smarter than that, to fly it on a ship.

vettprincess October 30th, 2017 08:50 PM

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Originally Posted by Fla Mike (Post 54438707)
Sign me up!

Me too-great activity.

fishywood October 30th, 2017 08:53 PM

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Originally Posted by neverbeenhere (Post 54438568)
Actually, Princess policy is " not allowed on board without a lawful reason". So, you might be able to get a letter from Princess to allow you to take the drone with certain conditions.

Actually the recent addition of the "without a lawful reason" fudge language gives Princess more latitude in refusing to return any item. Everyone called down to the Naughty Room has in their eyes a valid reason for bringing what the brought, but now the officer in charge can just arbitrarily retort "not a lawful reason" and chuck it back on the pile.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Meanee (Post 54438806)
Just called Princess. The statement is that it's now allowed without a lawful reason. Account rep said that worst case scenario, they will hold it on a ship until end of cruise. Best case, I will be able to sign it out in port.

A worse scenario would be that if it was discovered before sailaway it would be held ashore at the embarkation port. Where the likelihood of it being lost or destroyed is pretty high.

Woobstr112G October 30th, 2017 09:11 PM

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Originally Posted by DaveinWhales (Post 54438656)
Drone shooting would make a wonderful onboard activity, much more fun than shooting clays.

https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5480/1...f49f29f1_o.jpg

Bob

dstables October 30th, 2017 09:25 PM

We were sailing last February on Princess and got chatting with the ship videographer. He was from the same country as us so we chatted often. The discussion of drones came up as my husband uses one in his work and the Princess staff videographer said he would love to bring his on the ship to use in ports but it is absolutely not allowed. Don’t think I would be taking my $1000.00 drone on the ship and risk it being discovered and taken by Princess!

Potstech October 30th, 2017 09:53 PM

You could take it but are you willing to lose $1000.00 worth of drone for some reason? I would not want to chance that happening for any reason. Especially for what appears to be a hobby.

broberts October 30th, 2017 10:04 PM

Aside from the Princess stricture, one has to consider island laws. How embarrassing would it be to miss the ship explaining an illegal drone flight to authorities.

http://www.bonaireinternationalairpo...e-for-bonaire/

satxdiver October 31st, 2017 01:49 AM

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Originally Posted by Meanee (Post 54438806)
Just called Princess. The statement is that it's now allowed without a lawful reason. Account rep said that worst case scenario, they will hold it on a ship until end of cruise. Best case, I will be able to sign it out in port.

Princess is notorious for making rules/regulations in Santa Clarita and not enforcing them on the various ships. No matter what corporate says, the captain of the ship is the final word by maritime law. You well may encounter some low level officer who will make his own decision and confiscate it. I can visualize a lot of problems if they realize you have it.

Personally I like the target practice scenario. :D


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