Any experience carrying drone onboard?

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#21
Chelsea MA
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Originally posted by DaveinWhales
Drone shooting would make a wonderful onboard activity, much more fun than shooting clays.
I love skeet shooting. Shooting down drones that could be a lot of fun. Do you think Princess will let me take my skeet guns?
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#23
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IMHO drones at top holiday spots will eventually become even more annoying than people with camera sticks. Just wait and see. In a few years this will be the hot topic on CC.
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Do as you like within the rules, as long as you are prepared to live with your choices. And if the officer in the naughty room starts smashing at your folded-up drone, or at you, with a baseball bat, be sure to put it on YouTube.

And don't let anyone interpret the rules for you, unless you are paying them and they're licensed by the state bar.
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Originally posted by dstables
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!
Exactly. We were on the CB for 29 days last month and got very friendly with the photo/video staff since we have images on various Princess ships. As I have a GoPro Hero 5 and a drone I asked them if they ever used the GoPro drone to do video and they said they would love to but are not allowed to have one on the ship. If these guys can't have one it would seem difficult to see how a passenger could have one. I agree it would be great to shoot some video and images in the various ports, but at this time I don't see how it can be done unless you have a professional license and written permission under contract to do so.
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Originally posted by broberts
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/
Not just Bonaire. It is illegal to fly a drone in Bermuda without a Government license.
#27
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In looking at the list of prohibited items I came across this:
  • Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB), Ham radios, transformers, lasers, laser pointers, electric extension cords with surge protectors*.
Back on the LA, Hawaii, Samoa, Tahiti run I made arrangements to do some star gazing on board. Soon there were many from our Roll Call that wanted to join in. Long story short, after a few emails to Princess, I was able to obtain permission to bring along my Green Laser pointer, and get an area where they turned the lights off for us. In the end we wound up having many people on many nights, including staff and other passengers that came up for some "Stars under the Stars". The laser pointer was indispensable.

I also know that there are "Ham Radio Expeditions" on cruise ships, but again, with permission. So it is possible to get permission, but do so in writing.
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#28
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Originally posted by broberts
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/

My original post said "Aruba and Curacao allow it, Bonaire does not" so yeah, I made sure I checked every island about the drone laws.
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i heard drones over peggys cove last week and i have to admit, it was kind of annoying.
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#30
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Originally posted by wishfulone
I'm with the skeet shooters. I don't want your drone on my ship. Leave it at home.
Did you even bother reading a post? I know it's not allowed to fly them on the ship and I do not intend to. My original idea is to have it follow me on a bike trip.
#31
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Originally posted by Meanee
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.


Buy the DVD.


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Originally posted by Flatbush Flyer
Buy the DVD.


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Of what? Me on shore excursion, away from the ship? Do I get my own private videographer?
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Originally posted by Meanee
Of what? Me on shore excursion, away from the ship? Do I get my own private videographer?


Pretty much every tourist spot in the world NOW has various DVDs of the area shot from drones.


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#34
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Originally posted by Flatbush Flyer
Pretty much every tourist spot in the world NOW has various DVDs of the area shot from drones.


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I get it. But neither myself or my significant other are not on those videos/photos.
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Originally posted by Flatbush Flyer
Pretty much every tourist spot in the world NOW has various DVDs of the area shot from drones.


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I guess from now on you can forget taking any photo's of yourself anywhere.
Just Photoshop yourself onto the available pictures of all the tourist spots.
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#36
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If Princess allows it, the island allows it, and your fellow expedition-takers are okay with it, then go for it. Just out of courtesy, I would check with people in your group (if there are any, and you’re not going solo.) Otherwise, have a good time.
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#37
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Originally posted by floridalover5623
I guess from now on you can forget taking any photo's of yourself anywhere.

Just Photoshop yourself onto the available pictures of all the tourist spots.


You beat me to that comment


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#38
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Princess has some strange policies, do they think people will be hovering outside other peoples staterooms? It's just a drone, part of every day life in 2017. The sound of any drone is usually muffled out with people filming on the ground or using their cell phones. I get it, we want to sell dvd's 2 people that could easily do it themselves. We want to use Uber instead of an actual taxi?
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Originally posted by Credit 00
Princess has some strange policies, do they think people will be hovering outside other peoples staterooms? It's just a drone, part of every day life in 2017. The sound of any drone is usually muffled out with people filming on the ground or using their cell phones. I get it, we want to sell dvd's 2 people that could easily do it themselves. We want to use Uber instead of an actual taxi?
Just a hunch but something tells me that the photography crew is already using them for the Panama canal trips. If they're not is because the authorities won't allow it.
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Originally posted by floridalover5623
I guess from now on you can forget taking any photo's of yourself anywhere.
Just Photoshop yourself onto the available pictures of all the tourist spots.
This will save the cost of purchasing the cruise.

I don't understand the negative comments from some folks here.
The poster said he was going to follow the rules, and not use it on the ship.
Simply following the rules and not annoying me puts him in the top 5%
of the passengers on board.

Why would anyone care what he brings onboard and keeps in his cabin?

There was another poster who wanted to bring a sewing machine.

Not my thing, but knock yourself out.
Actually probably better for me -- if everyone stayed in their cabins with
their sewing machines, the public areas would be a lot less crowded.

For the poster -- I would try and get approval from princess in advance.
Even if you bring the drone onboard during embarcation, it's possible
you would be hassled returning from a port.
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