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Old 03-01-2013, 05:08 AM   #1
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Knife on cruise?

First off let me begin by explaining the reasoning behind carrying a knife IMO at least. I carry it a tool, not a weapon. Generally the knives I carry are only about 3" in blade length or less and other times I will carry a full size Swiss Army knife with me. I do not carry it while on the ship, but when I get off I do prefer to bring one with me. I just want to make it clear I'm not some crazy who thinks he is going to be attacked every second and carries one to defend myself. I'm currently a criminology student with goals of becoming a police officer and just find these items extremely useful.

This leads on to my question: I was wondering what disney might do if they did see my knife for whatever reason. Would they take it away for good? Or for the remainder of the trip? Am I even able to bring a knife of Swiss Army knife on board? The knives I carry are generally $100+ knives as I am a collector (I know it may be weird).

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Old 03-01-2013, 05:58 AM   #2
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DCL says no knives and does not further define it by type or length of blade. If seen,they could confiscate it if they chose to, and there is no guarantee they would return it on departure.

I also carry a Swiss Army knife daily, but when I cruise I leave my knife at home.
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Old 03-01-2013, 06:06 AM   #3
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Welcome to the Disboards.

From DCL; http://disneycruise.disney.go.com/fa...hibited-items/

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What items are not permitted on board?

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In order to maintain a safe and secure environment for our Guests and crew, the following are examples of items that Guests are not allowed to bring on board. These and other similar items will be confiscated upon being found.

"Weapons and firearms (including ammunition, knives, including dive knives, swords, daggers or any other types of weapons) are not allowed onboard under any circumstances."

ETA; Apparently we can't bring hookah pipes either. I don't recall that one last time I reviewed the restricted items.
Well that's really going to interfere my next sailing.

I suppose the list needs constant updating as passengers push the limits.

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Old 03-01-2013, 06:46 AM   #4
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There is no reason the carry or have a weapon/knife onboard the vessel!

The knife will be taken and you will get it at the end of the cruise. If you sneak it onboard, DCL may consider you a risk and do more then take it.

P.S. I have a small collection of knifes as well, Buck for the most part. I would never think of bringing any of them, even a small one, on the Vessel in todays terror scared world.

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Old 03-01-2013, 06:54 AM   #5
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First off let me begin by explaining the reasoning behind carrying a knife IMO at least. I carry it a tool, not a weapon. Generally the knives I carry are only about 3" in blade length or less and other times I will carry a full size Swiss Army knife with me. I do not carry it while on the ship, but when I get off I do prefer to bring one with me. I just want to make it clear I'm not some crazy who thinks he is going to be attacked every second and carries one to defend myself. I'm currently a criminology student with goals of becoming a police officer and just find these items extremely useful.

This leads on to my question: I was wondering what disney might do if they did see my knife for whatever reason. Would they take it away for good? Or for the remainder of the trip? Am I even able to bring a knife of Swiss Army knife on board? The knives I carry are generally $100+ knives as I am a collector (I know it may be weird).

Thanks for hearing me out
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I totally understand, but, especially considering that you favor quality knives, I would not risk their loss. As to carrying while off-ship, also remember that you will not be in the US - and you also don't want to risk at worst an encounter, or a possible detention, in a foreign country.

I, too, always carry a knife - but not when flying or onboard. I am now a retired LEO, but a knife is just one of "those things". (See Gibbs' Rule #9). That said, I have twice "lost" a particularly valuable or sentimental one due to my own forgetting to leave it elsewhere. While they SAY they'll return it, don't count on it finding it's way back. My son would have "lost" a valuable one that was a gift upon his reaching Eagle Scout, and it was only after I educated a LEO on the statute was it returned.

Plus, when you de-bark in a port, you do have to pass through a screening to reboard, so it would be confiscated then. It's why you also can't purchase one in a port and bring it aboard. Although, I'm sure SOMEONE will chime in here that they've done just that, but I won't stray into THAT area.
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Old 03-01-2013, 09:23 AM   #6
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Several years ago we did a Med cruise on DCL out of Barcelona. We arrived in Barcelona several days prior to embarkation and in the course of touring my son picked up a knife at a shop in the old town part of the city. Out of forgetfullness we didn't think about the "weapon" policy on DCL and packed his knife away in our luggage.

I don't know how DCL scans bags, but it whatever method they use is not "state of the art," since DCL security didn't find the knife (yes, it stayed packed away while we were on the cruise, I agree with those who say there is really no need for these things while ashore on excursions).

So while I'm not recommending violating the policy, the enforcement is not ironclad.

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Old 03-01-2013, 09:26 AM   #7
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Oh dear! I'm so glad I read this because I was planning to pack a small kitchen knife (one of the little ceramic paring knives) so I could cut up apples and such for my child.

Sounds like this is a big NO NO ??? Or are we talking knives more typically perceived as weapons???

Perhaps I could "borrow" a steak knife from room service???
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Old 03-01-2013, 09:36 AM   #8
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I would think that any knife of any kind would be prohibited. While you may have good intentions, if they allowed them onboard, someone with bad intentions could bring on a paring knife and say they were using it for cutting up apples. It could still be used as a weapon, though.

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Old 03-01-2013, 09:49 AM   #9
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I had a metal nail file confiscated at airport security, so if that was considered a weapon, I'm sure a small pairing knife would be considered the same!
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Old 03-01-2013, 10:12 AM   #10
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Yes, it's weird.

Well how odd that these questions are coming up. Just yesterday on the Disney Cruise Line board at Cruise Critic, a brand new poster (much like this OP) had a concern about guns on the cruise ships. Two newbies on two different sites, both on DCL boards, inquiring about weapons on ships. DCL may want to upgrade their metal detectors!

OP, while I understand that you like to carry a knife, I suggest leaving it at home or in your car if you drive to the port. In the unlikely event that your ship is attacked, your Swiss Army Knife isn't going to do you any good. If you need any tools for anything, the crew members will be happy to assist.
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Old 03-01-2013, 10:15 AM   #11
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I read this policy as saying WEAPONS are prohibited, and weapons can include knives, but not that all knives are weapons or that knives in and of themselves are prohibited. If knives were prohibited, it would say 'Weapons and Knives', not Weapons such as knives. Not all knives are weapons. TSA prohibits BLADES of a certain length, and originally excluded everything from a fingernail clipper to a machette, but now even TSA allows some scissors.

Disney is more lenient than TSA. I think a small knife would be fine (for cutting in the room, for example). I don't think there is a need as I'm sure they would bring you a steak knife if you wanted one, but I don't read this as an outright ban on all knives.

To the OP: I don't think your knife is a weapon, but I still wouldn't chance it if you don't want to risk having it taken away. I don't think they would take away a swiss army knife because as you said, it is also a tool.

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Old 03-01-2013, 10:22 AM   #12
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I understand DCL's rules, however, it amazes me at the hysteria we have now over this. A pocket knife is no more of a weapon than a ball point pen or a set of keys. I am a country boy from the south. I carry a pocket knife with me everywhere I go.

Of course, in this day and time where a drawing of a gun can get you in trouble, I shouldn't be surprised.

That being said... if that is the policy, it should be complied with. I just think we have gone overboard (no pun intended) on things these days.
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Old 03-01-2013, 10:24 AM   #13
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A small knife can come in handy....there are times, like a PP said, that one is needed...cutting apple slices, opening something.....and I've packed a very small knife for this purpose and not had it taken. I could do more harm with knitting needles or a sharp pencil than my little knife would.

But to answer the question, as above, no....they aren't allowed. So yes, I am admitting to "bending" the rules.

We have friends who dive, but can't (and don't) bring their dive knives, even though a dive knife could save their lives underwater.
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Old 03-01-2013, 10:30 AM   #14
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My straight razor that I use for shaving was confiscated, so I assume that a knife would be also if it's noticed.
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Old 03-01-2013, 10:31 AM   #15
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The answers you are getting here are just peoples opinions and interpretations of what they read. You can contact Disney Cruise Line and asked them the question

https://disneycruise.disney.go.com/contact-us/

That way you can get an official answer. I do not think the proper thing is to risk the loss of your knife due to peoples opinion or lapses in security and detection.

I can't imagine a Disney security personal being impressed by quoting what someone said on the Disboards. But Sir, On the disboards they said it would be OK.
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