irons are prohibited for good reason as they are a major fire hazard onboard a ship. Fire is a much more serious thing at sea than at home. It must be considered grossly negligent to take and use a travel iron despite this significant danger. A passenger died earlier this year on the "Star Princess" after a fire broke out in a passenger space, and the damage to the ship was reportedly in the range of US$ 40 million.
Taking a portable steamer is an excellent and so much safer alternative!
I also have a portable steamer, but it´s about 1 pound in weight.
And the service onboard is not that expensive, we try to give them our clothes, which need a dry cleaning, its much less expensive than here on land and we come home with some clean clothes.
You can find some price-examples on our website: www.oppermann-wuppertal.de when you look at the US version of the Radiance Hawaii review, you´ll find different prices.
Chris, a pound is nothing compared to an iron. I'd take the steamer if you have one. I you have an item of clothing that just needs a couple of wrinkles taken out, it only takes a few seconds. I'd rather take one along and not need it, then to need it and not have it along.
I was not refering that it would cost you alot for a garment or 2 but that if you want to have them pressed on the ship it would simply cost some money. The amount depends on how much you have done. I just pack with care and do not normally need my things pressed.
If you forget to take the steamer, when you take your shower place the garments in the room with you, the steam will take the wrinkles out normally. Also most ships now supply a hair dryer. If you use the steam in the shower use the dryer to finish it off.