Are There Outlets In Cruise Ship Bathrooms?


Your cruise cabin will typically be outfitted with a hair dryer, but it is not likely to be in the bathroom. It usually is in a drawer in the main cabin, often plugged into an outlet through the back of the drawer.


Most cruise ship bathrooms, however, do not have independent vents (though a small vent may be connected to the light), bathtubs, dual sinks, multiple outlets, vanity areas, or windows.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do cruise ships have electrical outlets?

Most cruise ships supply both 110VAC and 220VAC power to cabins and public areas. In North America we use 110VAC, and these are the outlets you likely use in your cabin. On almost every cabin I've ever had however, there is at least one 220VAC outlet (Type F, as used in most of Europe) near the vanity.

Where does bathroom waste go on a cruise ship?

Vacuum suction lines zip toilets' contents to marine sanitation farms, which siphon out the water, treat it until it's drinkable, then pump it into the ocean. Helpful aerobic bacteria digest the remaining sludge in storage tanks until it's all offloaded ashore, about once a month.

How many bathrooms are on a cruise ship?

There are upwards of 1,500 to 2,000-plus bathrooms on today's largest mega ships when you include both cabin and public facilities. Though cabin bathrooms are generally pre-fab units built off-site and plunked into each stateroom at the shipyard, that doesn't mean they're boring little utilitarian boxes.

Why can't you have a surge protector on a cruise ship?

Many cruise lines have banned bringing power strips on cruise ships due to the chance that the surge protector will overload the circuit and cause potential electrical damage or fires. Alternatives include USB charging stations, multi-socket outlets, or outlet adapters which don't contain a surge protector.

Are there any electrical outlets in the bathroom on a cruise?

No outlets near the sink in this cabin bathroom. You might have heard rumors that there aren’t many electrical outlets in a cruise cabin. It’s true, and one reason we suggest people bring along an outlet adapter to give you more plugs. The same limited outlet space applies to bathrooms too.

What should I expect from a cruise ship bathroom?

Most cruise ship bathrooms are wired for low amperage (possibly as low as 8 amps, compared to 15 or 20 amps in an average home bathroom). The available outlets are 110 volts, so no converter is needed for U.S. devices and they are usually suitable for two-pronged plugs from either Europe or the U.S.

Is there a toilet on a cruise ship?

The toilet in your cruise ship bathroom will not be a standard water-flush system like you have at home. Water is a precious resource onboard a cruise ship, so modern ships save gallons with each flush by using a vacuum system.

Is there a hair dryer in the bathroom on a cruise?

The reason you aren't likely to find the provided hair dryer in the bathroom is safety. Most cruise ship bathrooms are wired for low amperage (possibly as low as 8 amps, compared to 15 or 20 amps in an average home bathroom).

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