Prohibited Item List

The following list specifies the items prohibited onboard the Odyssey. These items will be confiscated during the boarding process by ship security and cannot be transported aboard.

Our highest priority is the safety and security of our guests, crew, and vessel.  

  • We are a residential cruise and strive to make you feel at home as much as possible. Because our community exists mostly on a ship, we are however subject to the same safety, security and environmental rules and regulations as all other non-residential cruise lines.  
  • The following list specifies the items prohibited onboard the Odyssey. These items will be confiscated during the boarding process by ship security and cannot be transported aboard. The appropriate authorities will be informed if illegal items (weapons, ammunition, etc.) are confiscated.  
  • Villa Vie and ship management retain the authority to seize any item deemed a potential hazard to the safety, security, environmental integrity, or smooth operation of the vessel. 

Important general information 

  • Hair dryers, and shavers/razors are permitted onboard if in good working condition (e.g. no broken/tempered cables or other damage). Shavers/razors may only be used with the outlets specifically dedicated to this (in the cabin bathrooms). Other personal grooming devices like flat irons, and hair curling devices are not permitted onboard. Should these devices be identified as potential hazards during the cruise, Ship Security will confiscate them and return them on the final day before disembarkation. 
  • Other devices with heating elements (i.e. electric tea kettles) are not permitted onboard. Should these devices be identified as potential hazards during the cruise, Ship Security will confiscate them and return them on the final day before disembarkation.  
  • For packing: If an item is not clearly prohibited in the following list and you seek reassurance whether it’s permitted onboard, please send an email to, with the subject line: “Permitted onboard? [write type of item, e.g. monitor]”, a picture of the product. 
  • A close-up picture of its technical specifications, especially containing the voltage, power consumption, whether the device is surcharge protected, etc.  
  • Other information such as brand, size and weight of electrical items are not needed. 
  • To avoid spending money on technical devices that turn out to be prohibited on board, inform Guest Services what specifically you would like to buy (e.g. online purchases sent to the ship) and wait for their approval, before making the purchase. 
  • Onboard, Saving Energy is Risk Reduction: Please make sure to switch off and unplug any electric devices when leaving your cabin. This saves energy and reduces the risk of shortcuts and fires when the cabin is unattended.  

List of prohibited items


  • All illegal narcotics including synthetic and designer drugs independent of existing substance specific regulations 
  • Marijuana, even if prescribed for medical purposes  
  • Items used as drug paraphernalia 
  • All products containing THC such as oils, edibles, and gummies 
  • Although specific CBD products intended for medicinal use may be permissible under U.S. state and local regulations, they remain illegal under federal law and are typically prohibited in most ports we visit and are therefore also considered prohibited items. 

Weapons, Ammunitions, Explosives

  • Knives with fixed blades longer than 4 inches/10.16 cm. Recreational dive knives must be presented to the Ship’s Security Officer or representative at the time of boarding.  They will be safely stored and may be claimed when disembarking for a scheduled dive excursion. 
  • Metal scissors with pointed tips and a blade length longer than 4 inches/10.16 cm  
  • Open razors, box cutters, swords, ice axes, ice picks, Skean Dhus, Kirpans. Spears or spear guns. Crossbows, crossbow bolts, and any type of arrows. 
  • All explosives, component parts (i.e., detonators) including imitation explosives and devices. Gun powder, fireworks, flares, and pyrotechnics. Flares are used only for life-saving purposes and under control of the ship crew. 
  • All firearms including components, replicas, imitations, non-firing weapons, starting pistols and their components. Air, BB or pellet pistols or rifles. Any other projectile-weapon or item that resembles or can be mistaken as a firearm (e.g., paint ball guns). All ammunition or replica ammunition for listed and non-listed items. 
  • Martial Arts Weapons, such as throwing stars 
  • Blunt weapons including knuckle dusters, brass knuckles, clubs, billy clubs, black jacks, telescopic batons, batons, night sticks, flails, or nunchaku 
  • Items containing incapacitating substances (e.g., gas guns, tear gas, pepper spray, mace, phosphorus, acid and other dangerous chemicals that could be used to maim or disable, such as chlorine or liquid bleach) 
  • Stun devices (i.e., tasers and stun guns) 
  • Restraining devices (i.e., handcuffs, leg, and head restraining straps) 
  • Any other item made, adapted, or intended for use as an offensive weapon 

Fire & Injury Hazards

  • Matches and standard lighters are permitted for use onboard. However, "torch lighters" and novelty lighters resembling guns are strictly prohibited. Torch lighters produce a highly concentrated flame and are therefore not permitted onboard. 
  • Flammable substances and hazardous chemicals. (e.g., petrol, methylated spirits, turpentine and paint thinners, lighter fuel, spray paints, etc.) 
  • Candles (incl. gel candles), incense burners or any other open flames  
  • Hookahs 
  • Large batteries (except those in wheelchairs) 
  • E-Bikes, hover boards, air wheels, scooters, or Segway’s 
  • Items brought on board the vessel and not supplied by the company containing any kind of heating element, such as but not limited to immersion heaters, steamers, clothing irons, water heaters, heating blankets, coffee machines (will be provided), tea kettles, water boiling devices, etc. 
  • Compressed gas tanks, bottles, cylinders including dive tanks, oxygen tanks, propane tanks and large aerosol cans (except for medical purposes) 

Technological Devices

  • Electrical extension cords with power strips/surge protected strips/surge protectors 
  • No fans except for small electrical or battery-operated fans 
  • Boom boxes/large radios 
  • Any remotely controlled or autonomously flying devices, toys, or drones 
  • Walkie-talkies 
  • Metal detectors 
  • Any form of radio/telephone signal jamming equipment 
  • Satellite disk, routers, and other internet related equipment 
  • Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB), ham radios, satellite phones, transformers, lasers, and laser pointers 
  • Any multi-functional device developed for interaction with access control systems onboard the ship 


  • Generally, tools for personal use are not allowed on cruise ships, as cabin modifications must be approved and executed by ship personnel. Accordingly, tools are available onboard for operational use, which can include resident activities. Tools dedicated to being used for leisure activities by residents must be approved by ship personnel and can only be used and stored in designated areas under supervision by staff. Tools larger than 7 inches in length are prohibited.  
  • Axes, hatchets, machetes 
  • Cattle prods 
  • Crowbars 
  • Hammers and nails 
  • Drills and drill bits (incl. cordless portable power drills) 
  • Saws (incl. cordless portable power saws) 
  • Screwdriver and screws larger than 7 inches in length 
  • Wrenches and Pliers 
  • Glue guns 
  • Nail guns and nails 


  • Fresh flowers
  • Fresh produce, meats, vegetables, fish and seafood
  • E-bikes (folding bikes are allowed)
  • Surfboards, Kayaks, canoes, and rafts
  • Any footwear with wheels, such as Heely’s type shoes (roller blades for shores side use are allowed
  • Drones (are not allowed to be flown onboard the ship at any time (small drones are permissible for shoreside use only)