Originally posted by: CruisingCM
Side note: BAK1061 in the naughty room??? I'm shocked!
Seriously, thank you for the clarification, Kennicott. I hope I understand. If not, the following comment won't make any sense...
This raises a point of whether a cruise ship is to be considered a mode of transportation, as an airplane is... or an accommodation, as a hotel is. It's a hybrid really. My perspective is that a cruise ship is a floating hotel, I am not sure that regulations regarding container size are reasonably transferrable in this instance.
What if the powers-that-be decide that cruise ships fall more into the category of an airplane? Then changes to container size rules (as well as other regulations) will cause quite a ruckus within the cruising public. I won't be very happy to have to use the crappy shampoo and body wash products offered by some of the lines. That's why I place full-sized products in my checked baggage.
Excellent observations and questions Cruising CM.
If when boarding the ship one is relegated to bringing on board (In both hand carry and checked luggage) only the equivalent of what is now allowed on the airlines in hand carry (Once again, disregard what the airlines allow in checked luggage as the passenger is not reunited with their checked luggage until outside of the secured areas of the terminals), in my opinion this is really going to impact the cruise experience.
The cruise lines won't have to worry about disembarkation though, as it will be legal to take as much off the ship in checked luggage as one desires, as it will be stuff purchased on the ship or brought on the ship legally. In other words, you can fill your suitcase with their expensive duty free booze as much as you want to.
The reason I bring this scenario up at all, is not to panic everybody but because there is rapidly increasing evidence that this is afoot. For instance:
". . . This isn't about the ports and the safety of them. A terrorist could be among you at the buffet, laying by the pool, playing slots, drinking at the bar … they lay in wait. They're completely legitimate looking like one of us. 50 of them could board a ship as a passenger with a clean record. They've been trained in other countries. They've lived in the countries they're in for years and they lay in wait anticipating their marching orders. Then three days into the cruise, they take over the ship and start killing passengers . . . And that's how it'll go down."
"The cruise industry needs to wake up. Tunis was preventable. (Islamic terrorists killed 32 cruise passengers in Tunisia earlier this year when Costa and MSC cruised blindly into the Goulette port in Tunis.) Despite the foreseeable risk of danger presented by Islamic terrorists active in the country and in nearby Libya, the cruise lines provided absolutely no security or warnings to their guests. Greater attention to Al Qaeda and ISIS is necessary to avoid a similar if not worse attack on innocent passengers. Dangerous ports need to be avoided. In the past, Princess Cruises used security teams / police to accompany tour bus excursions in Egypt. Maritime security teams are also required in foreign ports of call to address the risk of waterborne attacks. Cruise lines are overflowing with cash. The cruise industry collects around $40 billion a year, pay their crew members peanuts and doesn't pay U.S. taxes. The industry needs to start investing some of those tens of millions of dollars into substantial security to keep their guests safe."
"Cruise ship security screening currently pales in comparison to that of air travel, but that gap in strictness could be shrinking soon, according to IHS market analyst Jared Bickenbach.
That's because the U.S. Coast Guard recently announced plans to create the Terminal Screening Program (TSP) in an effort to systematize security screening procedures at cruise ship terminals across the country.
The creation of the TSP is expected to bolster security at cruise ship terminals by... developing "a standardized list of prohibited items and training standards to consolidate requirements for screeners." The program is also expected to require the screening of all passenger, crew, and visitors' baggage and personal items in order to achieve the goal of improved security.
Currently, many cruise ship terminals rely on a combination of procedures, including X-ray, canine teams and manual inspections to screen for dangerous items like explosives, weapons and contraband.However, a recently published report by IHS on the explosives, weapons and contraband detection equipment market, the seaports market is forecast to experience a compound annual growth rate of "6.7 percent to $241.6 million in 2018."
While TSP requirements are certain to change the way future cruise ship passengers are screened by security personnel, the long-term outlook on the cruise market appears promising as it will ensure better safety for travelers.
Plus, added regulations in the U.S. are likely to lead to similar ones in other parts of the world."