A recent experience on the Norwegian Jewel tells me no.
I searched and called Norwegian Cruise lines for months before I went on the cruise.
Obtaining no information except information from the blog and then calling Norwegian, I was told yes I could bring my gear, but I had to get the captains approval to operate.
Upon checking into the terminal cruise port security, I had to show my gear. I happily complied. I was then informed after a few minutes that NCL had to "confiscate" my gear. The gear was not on the prohibited list on the security book.
Later on the next day, while at sea, I asked if I was allowed to operate ! I also asked to examine my bag for a needed item that I thought I forgot. I was told be ship security (no answer was ever received from the captain) that once my gear was in the confiscated items area, it would not be returned until the finish of the cruise.
I received a call that Wednesday from their front desk asking if I was alright and if I was still upset about not getting my gear. I told them that I just forgot about it and enjoyed the cruise, and that I would secure my gear when we returned to port.
Bottom line up front....if we ham radio people are not allowed to have gear on the boat and FRS hand helds are, why not put a policy in place for all communications equipment to be banned unless you work for the cruise line?
answered 1 week, 3 days ago
I have on other cruises. I plan on taking my portable.