I am glad that they are outlawing power strips, it can very easily cause a fire when a circuit is overloaded. As you said, Dave, these ships were not designed for more than one outlet. You put a curling iron, blow dryer, flat iron, battery charger, laptop, and a fan on one circuit, you could be asking for problems. I am sure people even hang more than that off of one.
I know it will not sit well with some, but it is a good idea. It shouldn't be left to discretion, but just a rule. It doesn't seem that many care about formal nights anymore, and those that do can have their hair done in the salon or use the blow dryer with a curling brush.