Is Cruise Ship Luggage Screened?

Cruise lines have exercised much more caution with cruise ship luggage coming on board since the events of September 11, 2001. Once bags are checked in, they are taken to a screening location before they are delivered to passenger rooms. If anything questionable is found in a piece of luggage, the owner of the bag will be asked to come to the ship's security to identify the items and sign a form taking ownership of them. The items may then be held by security until debarkation. Bags are also screened when passengers re-board the ship after getting off at ports, through a process similar to airport security. For more information, read our feature article 5 Packing Techniques for Cruise Ship Luggage on

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