MIAMI – Several major cruise lines are banning the use of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 onboard ships after several worldwide incidents of overheating and smoking devices.
Some of the cruise lines implementing the ban include Carnival, Royal Caribbean International, Disney Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruises, Costa Crusises, Cunard Line, Crystal Cruises, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Seabourn Cruise and more, according to the website Crew Center.
Disney Cruise Line posted signs in the cruise terminals asking passengers not to use the device during the voyage. “If you own a Galaxy Note7 and have not replaced your recalled device, please power it off and do not charge it for the duration of the cruise. We recommend storing electronics and valuables in your stateroom safe,” says the website.
German cruise line AIDA says, “Your safety is our priority. Therefore, we would like to point strongly to the risk of using your Samsung Galaxy smartphones Note7 aboard. Because of faulty lithium-ion batteries can overheat, it can lead to dangerous explosions in this model.”
An overheating, smoking Samsung smartphone forced the evacuation of a Southwest Airlines jet that was preparing to take off Wednesday from the Louisville airport on October 5th.
The incident raised fresh trouble for Samsung, which saw its new Galaxy Note 7 device recalled last month because of overheating batteries.
Last month Samsung agreed to recall the Galaxy Note 7 after receiving 92 reports of batteries overheating in the U.S., including 26 reports of burns and 55 cases of property damage. The Federal Aviation Administration took the unusual step of warning passengers not to use or charge the devices while on board and not to stow them in checked luggage.
Flight attendants on many airlines added a warning about the Samsung device to their pre-flight safety demonstrations.
However, the FAA’s advisory to airlines did not apply to replacement Galaxy Note 7s. Those phones have a green battery icon.