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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.

 

It's probably a good hunch to be honest. There are certainly places where they are banned for use, but confiscated?

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It's probably a good hunch to be honest. There are certainly places where they are banned for use, but confiscated?

After watching numerous videos on YouTube about all the problems encountered in different countries I'm not sure I would chance bringing it along. Seems like it's more trouble than it's worth. :(

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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.

 

Ha - I swear, when people hear the word "drone," their mind hears "gun" or "hand grenade." But of course in the early 1900s there was a lot of resistance for those evil horseless carriages too...

 

In any event, should you get past all the negativity and red tape with your evil drone, please remember to provide us a link to the videos you take so we might enjoy too! :)

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There are a few good video's of different ships leaving Ft Lauderdale on YouTube.

 

There's a guy on YouTube who chases cruise ships leaving Port Everglades with his DJI Phantom 4. While it sounds fun and all, I can't say it's a good idea. Leaving port is sensitive time. Who knows what sensor you may be interfering with, or if coast guard chase boats may get a little bit too nervous.

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Ha - I swear, when people hear the word "drone," their mind hears "gun" or "hand grenade." But of course in the early 1900s there was a lot of resistance for those evil horseless carriages too...

 

In any event, should you get past all the negativity and red tape with your evil drone, please remember to provide us a link to the videos you take so we might enjoy too! :)

 

Thanks! I love the whole "Oh I wish I could use it for target practice" response. Considering that people are arrested and charged for doing just that. And some do not understand that it's a great tool to take some awesome shots that are impossible otherwise.

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I put drones at public events and places in the same category with cell phones, camera selfie sticks and the latest annoyance, comfort dogs. Join the club, see who can be the most annoying.

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I put drones at public events and places in the same category with cell phones, camera selfie sticks and the latest annoyance, comfort dogs. Join the club, see who can be the most annoying.

Sounds like you get annoyed easily.

Are those drones flying around you every day?

How about those comfort dogs?

I must lead a sheltered life since I've only seen one in my life flying around- - and that was only for 2 minutes.

Where are all these drones? :confused:

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Sounds like you get annoyed easily.

Are those drones flying around you every day?

How about those comfort dogs?

I must lead a sheltered life since I've only seen one in my life flying around- - and that was only for 2 minutes.

Where are all these drones? :confused:

 

Re "comfort dogs" - I am going to get a "comfort lion" and train it to eat "comfort dogs".

 

DON

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Thanks! I love the whole "Oh I wish I could use it for target practice" response.

 

Hummels are much better, and truly ugly.

PULL!!!

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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.

Good point. I can see

how it would be totally distracting to have drones flying around .

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Added a word.

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I have only experienced a drone once, but the sound it made was very distracting and annoying.

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I have only experienced a drone once, but the sound it made was very distracting and annoying.

 

Keep in mind, drones are all different. Different propellers, different ESCs (speed controllers that run motors), and different motors all produce different sounds. Some people can even tell the drone model based on sound. Mine is pretty quiet. If you run a larger drone with more or less pro camera, like DJI Inspire, you will hear it far away. My drone, 30-40 feet away, is hard to hear on a normal day.

 

So, don't lump it all together.

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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.

 

A couple years ago, someone posted a link to a video from a drone overflying a cruise ship.

The comments were positive.

 

Someone asks about bringing a drone, and gets a pile of negative comments.

 

https://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2204691

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Seems like a self explanatory answer.

 

 

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With everyone going from "Sure" to "Do not" and "I'd like to shoot one" I am curious where did you get the self-explanatory answer.

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With everyone going from "Sure" to "Do not" and "I'd like to shoot one" I am curious where did you get the self-explanatory answer.

 

 

 

The Golden Rule. Drones can be dangerous, annoying, noisy and scary. If your item does not in any way disturb anyone else, no problem. Otherwise it should be self explanatory to avoid using it.

 

 

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Drones are not allowed on cruises. You can’t take anything that flies in the air. It might fly into the ocean and pollute it.

 

 

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Drones are not allowed on cruises. You can’t take anything that flies in the air. It might fly into the ocean and pollute it.

 

 

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You are serious, aren't you?

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The Golden Rule. Drones can be dangerous, annoying, noisy and scary. If your item does not in any way disturb anyone else, no problem. Otherwise it should be self explanatory to avoid using it.

 

 

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the first line of your post reminds me of my first wife.

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The Golden Rule. Drones can be dangerous, annoying, noisy and scary. If your item does not in any way disturb anyone else, no problem. Otherwise it should be self explanatory to avoid using it.

 

 

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Please take your Drone ! It will be taken away by security and the subject will never arise again

 

 

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Sounds like you get annoyed easily.

Are those drones flying around you every day?

How about those comfort dogs?

I must lead a sheltered life since I've only seen one in my life flying around- - and that was only for 2 minutes.

Where are all these drones? :confused:

 

Yes

No, just at some events I have paid to see.

It only takes one.

Yes you probably do lead a sheltered life.

In the air over almost every event.

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Yes

No, just at some events I have paid to see.

It only takes one.

Yes you probably do lead a sheltered life.

In the air over almost every event.

I've been to a few every now & then an unless they've been banned I just don't notice them.

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I've been to a few every now & then an unless they've been banned I just don't notice them.

 

You do understand that because you may not be bothered by a drone others might be right?

 

I look at the issue as we're all on this bike tour (or whatever the activity) together. My actions impact others, just as what others do impacts me.

 

I understand that I can't do what I want whenever I want. That's part of being an adult.

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Please take your Drone ! It will be taken away by security and the subject will never arise again

 

 

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Mine's insured. If they smash it to pieces, I won't care that much.

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You do understand that because you may not be bothered by a drone others might be right?

 

I look at the issue as we're all on this bike tour (or whatever the activity) together. My actions impact others, just as what others do impacts me.

 

I understand that I can't do what I want whenever I want. That's part of being an adult.

Very true. Everyone has their likes & dislikes but as long as people operate within the laws there's nothing that you can do about it.

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Not really on topic here though I am all for drones, phones and technology in general. I always think that Princess do a good job with their DVD's though I don't always buy it. The highlights are usually within the time frame of leaving ports and particularly your departure day. If you're independent at different ports then you're not going to have the luxury of princess photographers, I think it's completely reasonable to drone as much as you want. I can't imagine anyone would be stupid enough to use it on the ship but then again,,, I'm sure we've all seen things we'd rather forget on cruise ships. There is no point in getting all personal about not liking drones, look at where not liking stem cell research has taken us? Nowhere.

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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.

 

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

 

 

Umm... Princess cares what we bring on board and keep in our cabins:

 

Would YOU be comfortable knowing passengers on each side of your cabin, the deck above and below had candles in their cabin? How about coffee makers with frayed electrical cords, at least one of those passengers having a reputation for leaving the room without turning it off?

 

Still have that "don't care" attitude? Perhaps not, but Princess certainly does! They are concerned about fire hazards. In general, wouldn't you agree that they are concerned about the safety of the THOUSANDS OF HUMAN LIVES on board and as a result make rules and prohibit items?

 

In four pages of discussion (term used loosely) no one has pondered WHY Princess -- as well as other cruise lines-- include drones in their list of "Prohibited Items" on board. Instead it's usually "me, me, me: these are my wants and needs."

 

 

 

Only supposition, but it could be one of two things:

 

-interference with ships navigation & communication systems

-forbidding devices that could help pinpoint a ship's actual location while at sea.

 

Lastly, let me be careful and coy here a moment, so that I stay within the CC rules of NOT DISCUSSING CC decision to edit or remove posts. We can't discuss it, so I won't.

 

Instead I will relate a DREAM that I had last night where I read in a well-read national newspaper Cruise Critics's decision to BAR ALL POSTS where members discuss the smuggling of prohibited items or methods to circumvent a cruise line's posted policies and regulations. The website's spokesperson stated it was part of an effort to maintain their good reputation of a source of positive information about consumer cruising. Most industry experts agreed that part of the decision was based on an internal management decision to avoid being later found to be the "source of information" should an incident occur on a cruise.

 

But it was only a dream....

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Umm... Princess cares what we bring on board and keep in our cabins:

 

 

 

But it was only a dream....

 

Keep dreaming & maybe all your dreams will come true someday.

 

In the mean time I'll continue to bring what I deem as acceptable and if they deny me boarding with those items I'll deal with it at the time.

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Keep dreaming & maybe all your dreams will come true someday.

 

In the mean time I'll continue to bring what I deem as acceptable and if they deny me boarding with those items I'll deal with it at the time.

I will... because in my dreams everyone is considerate, selfless, and void of ignorance. Given your comment, not so strange why I never see you there.

 

Happy will be the day when Cruise Critic does turn over comments, such at the above one, to cruise lines who begin viewing these potential passengers as security threats. The airlines deny boarding every day to would-be passengers who say the wrong thing. Perhaps cruise lines should step up security and deny boarding as well.

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Umm... Princess cares what we bring on board and keep in our cabins:

 

Would YOU be comfortable knowing passengers on each side of your cabin, the deck above and below had candles in their cabin? How about coffee makers with frayed electrical cords, at least one of those passengers having a reputation for leaving the room without turning it off?

 

Still have that "don't care" attitude? Perhaps not, but Princess certainly does! They are concerned about fire hazards. In general, wouldn't you agree that they are concerned about the safety of the THOUSANDS OF HUMAN LIVES on board and as a result make rules and prohibit items?

 

In four pages of discussion (term used loosely) no one has pondered WHY Princess -- as well as other cruise lines-- include drones in their list of "Prohibited Items" on board. Instead it's usually "me, me, me: these are my wants and needs."

 

 

 

Only supposition, but it could be one of two things:

 

-interference with ships navigation & communication systems

-forbidding devices that could help pinpoint a ship's actual location while at sea.

 

Lastly, let me be careful and coy here a moment, so that I stay within the CC rules of NOT DISCUSSING CC decision to edit or remove posts. We can't discuss it, so I won't.

 

Instead I will relate a DREAM that I had last night where I read in a well-read national newspaper Cruise Critics's decision to BAR ALL POSTS where members discuss the smuggling of prohibited items or methods to circumvent a cruise line's posted policies and regulations. The website's spokesperson stated it was part of an effort to maintain their good reputation of a source of positive information about consumer cruising. Most industry experts agreed that part of the decision was based on an internal management decision to avoid being later found to be the "source of information" should an incident occur on a cruise.

 

But it was only a dream....

 

Drones use 2.4ghz and 5.8ghz band. These are unregulated bands used by your WiFi systems and other wireless communication devices. Airplanes offering WiFi use these bands. You have hundreds WiFi access points throughout the deck of your ship. Microwaves can cause disruptions on same frequency. So yeah, it won't interfere with any ship systems whatsoever. If it did, ships would be running aground and planes would be falling out of the skies daily.

 

Forbidding to pinpoint ship's location at sea? Seriously? Any person can buy few minutes of internet, and post ship's location using phone's GPS. But nah, let me bring $1k drone to do this same thing. Also, ship's position is never a secret anyway. Tons of tracking websites out there offer just that.

 

Moving on... Smuggling stuff on board. I asked a clear question if anyone had experience to bring it onboard. Princess lists drones as "prohibited without lawful reason" and yeah, me wanting to fly it in ports of call is a lawful reason.

 

Apparently you also missed a post where I said that I will gladly turn it in to ship security and sign it out only when I am in allowed ports of call (Bonaire does not allow drones).

 

I can tell you WHY Princess does not want to allow them. Drones can be dangerous in hands of careless individual. A drone like Inspire 2 with carbon fiber propellers can pretty much slice your finger off. Imagine anyone feeling like flying this thing on the ship, what liability is cruiseline exposed to, if 7.5lb machine with sharp blades slams into some unsuspecting child.

 

So, please, re-read what you called "so called discussion" and try to understand what the discussion is about, before posting whatever was it that you posted above. Nobody here said that the idea was to smuggle the drone on a ship to fly it around.

 

I also have a dream. I dream that people would read, and comprehend before posting. But it's only a dream....

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I will... because in my dreams everyone is considerate, selfless, and void of ignorance. Given your comment, not so strange why I never see you there.

 

Happy will be the day when Cruise Critic does turn over comments, such at the above one, to cruise lines who begin viewing these potential passengers as security threats. The airlines deny boarding every day to would-be passengers who say the wrong thing. Perhaps cruise lines should step up security and deny boarding as well.

Wow are you every living in a dream world. :DLOL

When that day arrives I'll be sure to censor my comments only to those that allow me to board without question.

In the mean time I'll continue to enjoy my freedom and do what I believe as proper although my actions will probably never be considered as threatening.

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Drones use 2.4ghz and 5.8ghz band. These are unregulated bands used by your WiFi systems and other wireless communication devices. Airplanes offering WiFi use these bands. You have hundreds WiFi access points throughout the deck of your ship. Microwaves can cause disruptions on same frequency. So yeah, it won't interfere with any ship systems whatsoever. If it did, ships would be running aground and planes would be falling out of the skies daily.

 

Forbidding to pinpoint ship's location at sea? Seriously? Any person can buy few minutes of internet, and post ship's location using phone's GPS. But nah, let me bring $1k drone to do this same thing. Also, ship's position is never a secret anyway. Tons of tracking websites out there offer just that.

 

Moving on... Smuggling stuff on board. I asked a clear question if anyone had experience to bring it onboard. Princess lists drones as "prohibited without lawful reason" and yeah, me wanting to fly it in ports of call is a lawful reason.

 

Apparently you also missed a post where I said that I will gladly turn it in to ship security and sign it out only when I am in allowed ports of call (Bonaire does not allow drones).

 

I can tell you WHY Princess does not want to allow them. Drones can be dangerous in hands of careless individual. A drone like Inspire 2 with carbon fiber propellers can pretty much slice your finger off. Imagine anyone feeling like flying this thing on the ship, what liability is cruiseline exposed to, if 7.5lb machine with sharp blades slams into some unsuspecting child.

 

So, please, re-read what you called "so called discussion" and try to understand what the discussion is about, before posting whatever was it that you posted above. Nobody here said that the idea was to smuggle the drone on a ship to fly it around.

 

I also have a dream. I dream that people would read, and comprehend before posting. But it's only a dream....

 

I read a few posts on here where even the professional photography staff can't bring them on board. Common sense tells me you won't get an exception.

 

I've read where you TELL us WHY Princess won't allow them. Common sense tells me that's your belief rather than a result of a definitive answer from someone of authority at Princess.

 

Please let us know when you do get that exception from Princess. Until then, dream on.

 

Here's a couple of posts I've found online regarding this subject:

 

First, here's a response on a drone user site:

 

"As an officer in the U.S. Navy, I would advise against this. Not due to any restrictions, but rather the odds of losing your bird. I'm a public affairs officer and I know aboard the ships I've served on, our cameras and microphones go totally haywire due to the radars and electrical interference. I would imagine your going to experience the same on a cruise ship, although not as bad aboard an aircraft carrier. While the photos would be amazing, I just wouldn't risk it."

And from another drone user site, this clip of a quote from a user who SMUGGLED his drone onboard: he knew ahead of times drones were prohibited on Disney. In port, he was unaware as to whether drones were legal or illegal.

"...a few days later we arrive at BVI. So I get off with my Drone bag and again, no one says anything. we go a few blocks inland into an open are between a few buildings and take off. Everything is going awesome. Getting GREAT shots! So I decide to get a shot of the Ship. I fly over to it, about 300 yards according to the app, get a nice shot orbiting around the ship and head back. I fly directly over the ship to get back to where I took off and about 30 yards past the ship the drone flips! It tumbles in the air a few times (this is where it gets weird) then starts floating sideways! its tipped so the camera is pointed almost straight down but I can see one of the arms of the drone so I know the camera isn't just pointed down. then after about 3 seconds of floating it falls and cuts off the live feed before it hits the ground. My first though "Put everything away and get back on the ship! Drones are illegal here and you're going to jail!" "

 

Now if YOU read my post again, you'll see that I chose my words carefully, referring to reasons for prohibition as supposition. It was based upon most airline prohibition of the operation of GPS devices in flight.

 

If YOU read my post, I never said you were looking to smuggle it on board. What I wrote was in response to this comment by someone in the thread:

 

"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."

 

Lastly, on the subject of reading, your initial post indicates that you didn't READ or understand what Princess posted on the subject. You stated:

 

"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."

 

 

Seems to me if you READ about the prohibited items on board Princess ships, then a reader wouldn't have had to inform and correct you.

 

 

All this being said, at this point, why don't you work with Princess to see if they will grant your exception? In my research on this at other sites, some drone owners have stated that RCL will accept and hold them during the cruise, checking them out in port, provided the passenger provide documentation from the local government that the drone's use is permissable. A more recent post states they don't do it any more. But it's all hearsay.

 

 

Princess is the best route, if you're serious about getting it done. And I think other drone users would appreciate it more, if you share the actual steps to get the exception rather than reading some of the posts on here: "... I'll continue to bring on what I deem acceptable."

 

You should note a change in tone from when I began the post from its ending. I don't own a drone. But I am facinated by the beautiful areal shots I've seen online that were taken by drones.

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Wow are you every living in a dream world. :DLOL

When that day arrives I'll be sure to censor my comments only to those that allow me to board without question.

In the mean time I'll continue to enjoy my freedom and do what I believe as proper although my actions will probably never be considered as threatening.

 

Actually, I was carefully wording my comments, wearing velvet gloves. But I guess you missed that.

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Somebody should just ban these things for recreational use.

Just another way for rude people to affect others around them.

Sounds like some Caribbean Islands have already done so.

 

Thankfully it's unlawful to ban them for recreational use. At least something our dear politicians in Washington did right. It's another case "I don't like X, we should ban it so nobody who likes X can't enjoy it, because I am a big baby"

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