MSC Cruises Prohibited Items: Complete List (2024)

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What items are not allowed on MSC Cruise? As you probably know, any cruise ship has a list of prohibited items, and there is one for MSC Cruises as well.

If you will be traveling with this cruise line, I suggest you carefully check what items are not permitted on board.

To help you out, I have created a list updated to 2024 so read it carefully below here!

Firearms and Dangerous Objects

It is absolutely forbidden to carry firearms, ammunition, and other dangerous objects on board.

Do not think only about handguns or rifles, items such as pepper spray, batons, scissors, or knives are also prohibited.

Replicas of firearms, even in toy form, are also banned. This restriction is essential to ensure the safety of guests and crew.

  • Handguns
  • Rifles
  • Ammunition
  • Pepper spray
  • Batons
  • Scissors
  • Knives
  • Replicas of firearms
  • Toy guns

Drugs and Illicit Substances

The use and possession of drugs, even for recreational purposes, is strictly forbidden on this cruise line.

MSC maintains a zero-tolerance policy regarding illegal drugs. Violating this policy will lead to immediate disembarkation from the ship.

  • Recreational drugs
  • Prescription drugs without a prescription
  • Synthetic substances
  • Herbal stimulants
  • Hallucinogens
  • Narcotics
  • Cannabis products

Battery-powered Power Tools


Items equipped with large batteries that pose a fire risk are prohibited on MSC cruises.

This includes electric scooters, hoverboards, and drones, which are not permitted without explicit authorization.

  • Electric scooters
  • Hoverboards
  • Drones
  • Large battery packs
  • Electric skateboards
  • Portable generators
  • Power drills

Domestic Animals

Pets are not allowed onboard MSC ships to maintain a hygienic and safe environment for all guests.

However, there are cruise options that accommodate dogs for those wishing to travel with their pets. Exceptions are made for guide dogs or dogs assisting disabled passengers, provided they have prior approval from the carrier.

  • Cats
  • Dogs (without prior approval)
  • Birds
  • Reptiles
  • Rodents
  • Exotic animals

Blunt Objects and Dangerous Sports Equipment

It may not be immediately obvious, but sports equipment and blunt objects may not be allowed.

Items such as baseball bats, field hockey sticks, or trekking poles could be confiscated to prevent accidents, ensure safety during the use of onboard sports facilities, and avoid their use for violent purposes.

  • Baseball bats
  • Field hockey sticks
  • Trekking poles
  • Cricket bats
  • Lacrosse sticks
  • Golf clubs
  • Skateboards

Food and Beverages

MSC provides a vast selection of food and beverages onboard. Despite this, bringing food and drinks from land, whether homemade or partially consumed, is prohibited for health and safety reasons.

The only exception is for commercial, dry, or packaged foods.

  • Homemade foods
  • Partially consumed meals
  • Fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Alcoholic beverages (check the specific Alcohol Policy)
  • Bottled water

Large and Bulky Items

Advance notification is required for guests wishing to bring bulky items onboard.

This category includes bicycles, large luggage, strollers, and wheelchairs.
Previous notification is required to facilitate efficient onboard space management and guest comfort.

  • Bicycles
  • Large luggage
  • Strollers
  • Wheelchairs (without advance notification)
  • Surfboards
  • Musical instruments

Fishing and Scuba Diving Gear

Scuba Diving

While cruising offers an ideal vacation for sea enthusiasts, fishing and scuba diving equipment are considered potentially dangerous, and must be declared and authorized before boarding.

  • Fishing rods
  • Spear guns
  • Scuba tanks
  • Dive knives
  • Harpoons
  • Weight belts

Environmentally Harmful Objects

MSC is committed to environmental sustainability, demonstrated by all the new ships powered by liquefied natural gas.

Accordingly, any objects, liquids, waste, or materials that could damage the marine ecosystem are strictly prohibited onboard.

  • Chemical waste
  • Pesticides

Flammable Items and Heat-Generating Devices


To minimize fire hazards, flammable substances, explosive materials like fireworks, and heat-generating devices such as irons, kettles, candles, and electric stoves are banned.

Noteworthy, however, is that hair straighteners and curlers are accepted.

  • Irons
  • Kettles
  • Candles
  • Electric stoves
  • Fireworks
  • Lighter fluid

Exceptions and clarifications

I remind you that there may be exceptions or variations based on the itineraries of the cruise.

To be 100% sure, especially if you are traveling with special items, always contact MSC customer service well in advance.

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