Posted February 17th, 2018, 12:42 PM
I started taking a “drone” with us when cruising about a year ago. Only had one ship with a concern so far. On our December 24th cruise on Celebrity Silhouette ... security wanted to keep the drone in their offices and asked me to check it out at each port where I would like to use it. Celebrity security was very nice about it and was helpful about port rules as well.
They stated that the cruise line was concerned about people flying them while onboard. I agree with Celebrity security completely ! No one should ever fly them onboard ... far too easy to hurt someone. No one should ever take off from a moving cruise ship either ... that’s a good way to lose an expensive camera !!
On our Southern Caribbean cruise on the Equinox, each evening the crew were interested in what shots I had got while in port. We had fun reviewing the video in Michael’s Club each evening. We got some incredible shots during Aruba and Tortola. I think the crew may have had more fun with our videos than we did ! Equinox security and guest relations also wasn’t a problem at all and were excited about the great video footage.
My advice ... take your drone, but research before hand which ports are ok and which ports are NOT ok. Barbados for example is a STRICT no fly zone. Also ... always let ship security know you have brought it onboard. It has been my experience that they will work with you.
And lastly ... I try to educate the crew that it’s not actually a “drone”. It’s NOT an autonomous flying system ... it’s simply a remote camera. After understanding that it’s really just a flying camera used to get great video, Celebrity’s ship security has been really very easy to work with.
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Celebrity seem to have the correct approach. Nothing at all wrong in ensuring you dont fly on the ship, but there are lots of places that passengers are allowed to fly and no reason to deny this.
My next trip is to Singapore, Vietnam and Hong Kong.
I'm not in Singapore long enough and expect they are very strict. Vietnam I know you can fly but you need to pre register your flight details and obviously everywhere near military installations are banned. Hong Kong has similar rules. No license is needed in either. The problem comes for Vietnam is getting a reply and approval. If I dont get one, the drones stay at home.
There is only one place I really want to fly and thats Halong Bay.
Obviously, people do fly there and take the chance. The chances of being challenged are very low, but I certainly won't be taking any chances.
I've taken it on 2 cruises to date without any problem. Never even thought to ask the CL as I've no intention of taking off from the ship. It would be fun to do, but pretty obviously wouldnt be acceptable.
This is what I'm hoping to film.