How much hand luggage can I carry on the ferry?


Ferry travel is also very convenient because of the possibility of embarking one’s own means of transportation, within which there are no limits on the transport of luggage (as long as allowed). When boarding on foot, however, the issue changes and all travelers have the same doubts: how much hand luggage can I carry on the ferry? Are there weight or bulk limits?

In this article we will try to clear the doubts about carrying hand luggage on board the ferry.

General guidelines on carrying hand luggage on board ferries

Almost all Shipping Companies apply their own rules to the carriage of luggage. There are usually weight limits on hand luggage (20-25 kg maximum). Generally you have to stick to the total allowed kg of weight, there are no limitations on the number of suitcases allowed, however, if the ferry does not have luggage storage, their number may be limited.

It is important to inquire before leaving about the number of suitcases allowed by consulting the list of operators on or directly the call centers of the Shipping Companies.

Where is luggage crammed aboard the ferry?

Most ferries have special holds for luggage on board. Some ferries also provide special reserved storage facilities by paying an additional fee. There is usually a limit on the amount of luggage you can take with you on the trip or carry into the cabins. Regarding luggage carried on board on your embarked vehicles, there are no weight limits, however keep in mind that once you park your vehicle in the ferry garage, it will be locked and you will not be able to access it until you disembark.

Allowable number of carry-on bags per person

Although usually the limit of luggage that can be carried on board is measured in total kilograms, there may also be restrictions on the number of suitcases per person that can be carried in the cabin.

What happens if I exceed the allowable carry-on baggage limit?

Most operators limit the total weight of hand luggage to be carried free of charge on the ferry, in case the amount is higher as weight or number , you will only need to pay a surcharge. Inquire carefully before making travel arrangements because, in some cases, it may not be possible to take excess baggage onto the ferry.

Canoes, kayaks, sports equipment, camping tents and bulky luggage

In the case of very bulky items such as sports equipment, especially canoes and kayaks, you should contact the Ferry Company in advance and ask if there are suitable spaces on board the ferry and, if so, what is the surcharge to pay

Valuables on board ferries

In this case, common sense must prevail. There are no limits on the value of items that can be carried in hand luggage aboard ferries. Remembering that usually the responsibility over hand luggage is personal to the owner, it should be mentioned that on almost all ferries there are special guarded safety deposit boxes. In addition, there are also special insurances on valuables carried on board the ferries.

Hand luggage lost or damaged during travel

What should I do if I lost my luggage while traveling? In the case of carry-on luggage, there is very little that can be done. Unfortunately, the responsibility for items out of the hold is personal, if you find you have misplaced an item the only things you can do are to notify the staff and possibly file a complaint with law enforcement.

In case of loss or damage to one’s luggage crammed into the luggage garages, on the other hand, shipping companies generally observe a liability policy. The best thing to do in such cases is to check your luggage thoroughly when you disembark and point out any anomalies to the airline staff.

Regulations of major shipping companies on hand luggage

  • Grimaldi Lines. La Grimaldi Lines Navigation Company allows the carriage of one carry-on bag per person with no weight or size limits. Any extra luggage should be placed in the ferry storage room by paying an extra charge
  • Moby places no limits on the number, size or weight of luggage that can be carried on the ferry. However, the operator accepts no responsibility for any damage or loss of the same
  • SNAV. The SNAV operator allows hand luggage weighing no more than 9 kg and measuring 50x35x20 to be carried on board
  • Corsica Sardinia Elba Ferries. Each passenger may carry only one carry-on baggage on board the ferry that is a maximum of 200 cm in height, 100 cm in width and 50 cm in depth. As for larger items, such as canoes and kayaks these will have to be stowed in special holds for a fee.
  • G.N.V. Grandi Navi Veloci. A maximum of two pieces of hand luggage may be carried aboard G.N.V. ferries with no weight limit.
  • Siremar. Siremar Shipping Company allows hand luggage weighing up to 20 kg to be carried on board. Children who, thanks to the offers travel by paying 50 percent of the ticket, can carry only 10 kg of hand luggage. It also allows the transport of boxes and bags by equating them with suitcases as long as they contain only personal items
  • Toremar. Travelers can carry up to 20 kilograms of hand luggage on Toremar ferries. 10 kk, on the other hand is the maximum weight limit of hand luggage allowed on fast ships.

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