What does a Cruise Ship jail really look like ?


So I am sure a lot of you are wondering what this story was going to talk about. Or better still what it’s really like inside a Cruise Ship jail.

ship brig

Firstly on ships they call the jail a Brig…….here is the dictionary term explained.

brig                                                                 Origin


1.(US) A jail or guardhouse, especially in a naval military prison or jail on a ship, navy base, or (in fiction) spacecraft.


Abbreviated from brigantine, from Italian brigantino; in sense “jail”, from the use of such ships as prisons.

There you have it. I am sure most of you didn’t know the meaning of the word, my self included.

 (The non discrete door in the crew only area)

Now from my experience the ships jail is the last place the ships officers want to use as a place to keep a passenger or guest. In most cases if some kind of incident has occurred they will keep the person under cabin arrest. Where the person is held in their room with a ships security guard posted by their door. Not allowing them in or out. In extreme cases if necessary the person will then be put off in the next port of call, by either disembarking them or handing them over to local authorities.

(Once inside the jail it really is a lot nicer than what you think)

Most instances where the guest is under cabin arrest it’s sometimes for things as simply as drunkenness or perhaps from an argument or altercation with a fellow guests or crew member. In rare cases it’s for more serious matters needing to be dealt with my land based authorities. Where more serious incidents have occurred then the ships jail will be used.

With padded walls and a basic bed the room is pretty simple and definitely not like a real life jail cell from land. The bedding is pretty much the same as regular crew or team members bedding.

Off to the right of the main room there is a small bathroom with only a toilet and sink. Even that was nice considering the reason you might be in there.

Now…..Was it what you expected. did you want to see bars and a small square cell ?





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