‘Explosion’ fear prompts cruise ban on phones
Major cruise lines, including Carnival and Royal Caribbean, the world’s two largest operators, have banned passengers from using Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones on board their ships over fears of “dangerous explosions” caused by overheating.
The devices were recalled last month following reports of faults with the phone’s battery. One report described how a Jeep burst into flames when a smartphone was left to charge inside the vehicle.
Carnival, which runs cruises in the Caribbean and Bahamas, said: “Guests and crew in possession of an applicable Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone are required to turn off their device, disconnect the device from any charging equipment, disable all applications that could involuntarily activate the device and protect the power switch to prevent its unintentional activation.”
P&O Cruises asked owners of the Note 7 to avoid charging or using the phones during a cruise. “It is suggested that the cabin safe security box is used for storage,” it said.
Similarly, Disney warned passengers not to use their phones and instead to store them in the safe in the room.
Samsung last month issued a global recall of the new model, which retails for £739. Owners were told they were entitled to a free replacement.