What Type of Electrical Plug Will My Cruise Ship Cabin Have?


You’ve got your bags packed, crammed with all the clothes, sun cream and necessary electronics you need to make your holiday go swimmingly. You arrive on the boat, ready for a week or two of sun, cities and relaxation. There’s one snag though: the cabin doesn’t have the correct plug socket to charge everything up! Now your hair will go un-straightened, your laptop won’t have any juice and your phone will be on its last legs in no time!

Cruise lines vary in their design of plug socket, whether it’s a British one, a US two-pin or the European version; if you don’t research beforehand, it can be a bit of a lucky dip as to which one you’ll have in your cabin.

Whether it’s a phone charger, hair dryer, straighteners or a laptop power supply you bring with you, scoping out your cruise ship cabin’s plug sockets before you set sail is well worth looking into. Avoid disappointment with this handy guide to cruise lines and their respective plug types right here.

British socket

Featured on: P&O Cruises, Cunard Line

All cabins and staterooms onboard P&O Cruises and Cunard Line feature the traditional three-pin socket you’ll be used to using throughout your home, so there’s no need to pack any adapters.

Continental European socket

Featured on: Cunard Line, Celebrity Cruises, MSC Cruises, Fred Olsen Line, Holland America Line

As well as the UK plug sockets, Cunard Line features the Continental two-pin socket in its rooms too. The other cruise lines listed here don’t feature UK plug sockets, so it might be wise to bring adapters along with you.

US two-pin socket

Featured on: Cunard Line, Celebrity Cruises, Royal Caribbean, Princess Cruises, MSC Cruises, Fred Olsen Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Disney, Carnival Cruises, Holland America Line

In addition to US sockets, Cunard Line, Celebrity Cruises, MSC Cruises and Fred Olsen Line also feature European sockets, so if you can’t track down US adapters, you’ll still be able to pack a European adapter to use during your cruise.

Cruise Line British socket Continental two pin European socket US two pin socket
P&O Cruises Yes No No
Cunard Line Yes Yes Yes
Celebrity Cruises No Yes Yes
Royal Caribbean No No Yes
Princess Cruises No No Yes
MSC Cruises No Yes Yes
Fred Olsen Line No Yes Yes
Norwegian Cruise Line No No Yes
Disney No No Yes
Carnival Cruises No No Yes
Holland America Line No Yes Yes


Whatever electrical items you’re looking to bring onboard, we hope this article has helped to clear up some issues before you set sail. For more information about Cruise1st UK’s fantastic cruise packages, head to our dedicated homepage here, or give our friendly customer care team a call on 0808 2746 777


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Claire has worked in the travel industry since leaving college in 1994. One of this blog's most regular contributors, Claire covers cruise news and industry trends.

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