The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 recall was announced around a month ago and affected users are currently in the midst of replacing their units with new and safe ones. In certain markets such as South Korea, the Galaxy Note 7 has already been put back on shelves for sale, while in the US, the device is being sold by T-Mobile once again via its online store. While the use of the device was banned by some aviation regulators and airlines, the aviation regulator in India has since relaxed the Galaxy Note 7 restriction. However, with the replacement process already underway, it seems that cruise lines are still taking precaution against the device, with a new ban.
A number of major cruise lines are all reported to have banned passengers and crew members from using the Galaxy Note 7 on board their ships. Some of the cruise lines include Cunard, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Seabourn, P&O Cruises, Costa Cruises, Fathom, Royal Caribbean International, Azamara Club Cruises, Thomson Cruises and Disney Cruise Line. A small cruise line called Windstar has also banned the usage of the Galaxy Note 7 on its ships. Some cruise lines such as Disney and Crystal Cruises have stated that if your Galaxy Note 7 is part of the affected batch and is yet to be replaced, then it is required that the device is turned off and stowed away. However, other cruise lines have banned all Galaxy Note 7 units regardless whether it has been replaced or not.
At the moment, it is unclear how long this ban will be in effect, but it is likely that it will not be too long before it is lifted as Samsung has already replaced most affected units with new ones. It is also unclear if there will be any penalty towards passengers who fail to comply with the new ruling. To differentiate between affected units and the new units which come with a safe battery, all new units come with a green battery indicator while the old one comes with a white one. The Galaxy Note 7 recall was first initiated when reports regarding explosions of the device started to emerge and this was traced back to a faulty battery in the device.