Power cord/strip

Leaving in a week and have heard many different things regarding power cords/strips being brought on this particular ship (Liberty of the Seas). We have a multi-plug extension cord and a non-surge power strip we were considering taking (either/or not both). Will either be allowed on the ship?

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Some ships do not allow strips with a surge suppressor but do allow the ones without. We usually bring a power strip with a switch and no suppressor but rarely use it. If we do use it to charge many things at once we do it overnight when we are in the cabin and the steward is not. There are other options as well. 

we always bring a power strip, but its more of a rectangle with 4 USB ports and the plugs accommodating all country plugs.  We asked the Stewart for a power cord as there was only 1 outlet and it was not convenient for me to use. 

 

We do see a LOT of confiscated power strips and cords at security.  Our last cruise they took my cord, but missed the power box.

We take an Anker charger (like williamcate describes in the previous post) with 4 USB ports. Works well and hasn’t been confiscated yet. Enjoy your cruise!

We take a power strip with cord, since we have sailed on a couple of ships where our little plug in adapter cube didn't fit due to positioning of outlet.  No surge suppression is the big thing, and be sure it is new or like new.  Anything that looks used will most likely be confiscated.  

We always take a new short power cord with  no surge protector, and have never had it taken away. It may be best to check the FAQs for your Cruiseline or even call them to be sure of what is allowed.

I bought one off of Amazon and we will keep it in our suitcase when we are not there (or our steward is) and at night we'll use it to charge everything. Ours isn't surge protected which from what I've heard they don't want surge protected. And we'll also bring power bricks with us while we are at port. 

This is the style I bring as they don't "see" it as a power strip which they often take when they exray.  On the last cruise there were a lot of extension cords and power strips confiscated.  My power strip wasn't taken, but the extension cord was - they told me to ask my room Stewart for an extension cord, which he did provide.  I got my cord back at end of cruise.  Never hid the strip from my room attendant.

 

https://www.amazon.com/BESTEK-6-Outlet-Protector-Extension-Charging/dp/B01L94ZOH4/ref=sr_1_28?ie=UTF8&qid=1528145277&sr=8-28&keywords=power+strip+with+usb

 

We also travel with 2 or 3 power sticks for our day long travels

 

 

Williamcate, i looked at the product from your link and it describes itself as "surge protected".  What is the most sure-fire way to ensure that our electric and USB chargers are not confiscated?  If new( in original packaging) are they tipped off by the words( surge) or do they look for something specific about the device?

 

 

Check directly with the cruise line.  When we take a Grand or World cruise on HAL, the ship loans us a power strip. 

As indicated on previous threads concerning this subject: So many bringing devices on board nowadays in order to thwart cabin electrical on the ships makes one a tad nervous. The greatest fear on board a vessel today is "FIRE"."  But there are other reasons besides fire that has cruise lines concerned in this regard, here is a pertinent comment from a knowledgeable individual  worth considering:

 

Courtesy:  Capt. B.J.------"The electrical systems you find on land are not exactly what you find in the shipboard environment. The difference has to do with grounding. On land we ground to that .... the ground! Or EARTH. And we do that thru wires - we hope, but a little loose current in the foundation is no biggie----On a ship you ground to the sea if you followed the same principle, problem is the ship is steel and if the ship's hull transmits any of that juice to the sea a bad thing happens - actually several. For one - electrolysis - the flow of electrons away from the ship carries molecules of metal. The hull erodes to the point that ships develop weakened hulls and even holes in the props and rudders. Not good things. (ships try to mitigate this which can never be totally eliminated by attaching a sacrificial metal to the hull. One that will carry away more easily then the metal of the hull. These blocks of ZINC are seen even on smaller boats and outboard motors. Zincs are one of those items that are checked and replaced as needed during a dry dock period.) Also if there is a 'short' or a 'ground' on a ship that can cause the walls and floors and everything else to be electically hot - ships are not framed in wood anymore. It is very very important to keep the electric distribution on a ship a closed system. It is different than on land.

 

So what? Well, most power strips are also surge protectors and the way surge protectors work on land is most of the time not completely friendly to a ship's grounding system. How unfriendly? I have honestly seen a surge protector power strip burst into flames with no warning what so ever. I was involved with some of the first installations of desktop computers on ships for the organization that paid me. We learned this the hard way and eventually there were Navy safety warnings about the dangers of powerstips/surge protectors/and interruptible power supplies on ship's. There were only a limited few models that were approved for shipboard use - UL TESTING HAS LIMITED APPLICATION IN THE SHIP ENVIRONMENT"

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