Brigs and (Yikes) Morgues

Ship security - pretty much all smiles when checking S&S cards on and off ship - they may get a bit more stern when checking out an otherwise innocent pocket knife or rolling their eyes at your boot leg fifth of rum. Of course I suspect (or at least hope) they've got an even sterner side in case really bad things happen. Like an arms room, handcuffs, and authority to place you under "cabin arrest." Many/most/all? have brigs and even refrigerated morgue facilities. Be curious to learn the rules and wherefores of their various emergency procedures, authorities, international law and jurisdictions.

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I have encountered only one security person on a cruise who was armed. I like to think that there is no brig on board. I know from discussions with a security officer that there is a morgue on board. As on two long cruises there were deaths.

We witnessed a couple class acts on our cruise in September on the Triumph get snatched up by Security sure didn't look like they were taking them up to the Windjammer for Coffee... Maybe not the Brig but a quite time out room..

I'm pretty sure the lines have many security features on board that they do not advertise. I would be willing to bet that they have the equivalent of a SWAT team, complete with all the "hardware" needed.

Agree no doubt

We cruised in the Red Sea and in the Suez Canal. We had barbed wire on the open deck during this transit but didn't really see armed guards - maybe one but I wasn't sure from a distance. I never felt in danger. Most dangers recently come from fishing boats and pleasure crafts that come too close to a ship.

On a recent cruise, we toured the bridge. There was one crew member constantly on watch while we were in ports, I was told.

Arms on merchant ships are a delicate matter. A good part of the open seas concept of a foreign flagged vessel being able to visit a port of another country is that they are unarmed, with the exception of military craft of course, and they take great care to ensure their visit is per-authorized and approved through diplomatic channels, else it could be taken as a hostile act of one country against another.

This open unarmed concept is exactly what modern day pirates take advantage of, knowing when they attempt to breach a ship they are unlikely to encounter armed resistance.

I also going to venture that cruise lines don't want their security practices and procedures to be publicly known and documented online, else the bad guys can use that to figure out how to circumvent them.

Yes they have brigs and morgues. Some people just can't handle their liquor and deaths happen, usually through no fault of the cruise line.

We went on a "behind the scenes" tour on a recent cruise, the question was asked about brigs and morgues was asked. Yes, Carnival cruise lines has both and they are frequently used.

Wow coming from AuntPinkie. I guess it's not the door that says No Enter No Exit .. "Behind The Pirate Pizza" .....

Carnival bill's the tour as "Behind the Fun" and it usually about $99 on a 7 days cruise. We considered it an on-board shore tour and felt it was worth the cost. Sometimes you get see the brig or the morgue, almost always the bridge (and a talk with the Captain), the storage area below decks, the crew bar, some very interesting parts of the singer/dancer areas and more. If you have any interest about the inter-working of the ship, I highly recommend it! It is given on the last day of the cruise and you must have closed toe shoes plus no cameras (phones) or recording devices are permitted.

They certainly don’t call it a morgue, but every ship has a refrigerated room they can use in case of an unfortunate, untimely demise. On most cruises this room is used to store all the fresh flowers. So, if you start to see an overabundance of flowers throughout the ship, it may be that their room has become occupied by the recently deceased…


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