Cruise lines ban the recalled version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7

On the same day that a "safe" Samsung Galaxy Note 7 exploded inside a Southwest airliner just as passengers started boarding the flight, a number of major cruise lines announced that they are banning passengers and crew members from carrying the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 purchased before September 15th. The cruise lines that have taken this action include Carnival, Costa Cruises, Cunard, Disney Cruise Line, Fathom, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, P&O Cruses, Royal Caribbean and Seabourn.

Carnival's website tells prospective seafaring passengers and crew members that if they own a recalled Samsung Galaxy Note 7, the phablet must be turned off and disconnected from the charger. Any apps that could turn on the phone involuntarily must be disabled.

Even though we have seen at least two of the "safer" versions of the Galaxy Note 7 explode, the newer models received in exchange of older units, and Galaxy Note 7 handsets purchased after September 21st are welcome on the ships with no restrictions. To tell the models apart, those with the defective battery sport a battery charging icon in white. Those phones that have the "safe" battery have the charging icon in green.


With the older, dangerous models recalled and exchanged, and the newer " safer" models now in stores (depending on the country), the ban shouldn't affect that many passengers or crew members. However, all it takes is one lazy passenger or cruise line employee to put the lives of many at risk.

source: Carnival, Disney via SamMobile

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Galaxy Note 7
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2150 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh

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28 Comments

1. Clars123

Posts: 1079; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

Im sorry but wth PA. Cant you guys bloody read? The ban is for the un-recalled Note7 units if you can show you have a replaced note7 its cool.Thats literally what it says on the sign

3. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Was there acually a mistake or are you just tripping lol. I thought the title read that they ban the safe units but when I looked again it was different so IDK.

6. MaryPoopins

Posts: 324; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Yeah, the title was different, they edited it.

9. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I thought so, thx bruh.

2. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Given reports claiming these explosions occur while charging, wonder if none of this fiasco would have happened if they stuck with Micro USB until USB Type C was ready for prime time...

5. Harambe unregistered

Type C is ready. It's Samsung who is violating the standard by using Qualcomm quick charge. Type C supports only USB power delivery. It's Samsung's fault. You will never hear a nexus 6P or a oneplus 3 explosion during charging, because they care about the standard and don't just put what's easy and cheap for them. It's not just Samsung. HTC and LG are doing it too.

7. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Thought they used their proprietary quick charge tech, which charges at a rate similar to QC2? Maybe that proprietary tech violates the standard.

14. Harambe unregistered

Qualcomm quick charge uses 9V or higher voltage which is not safe to use with type C port. USB power delivery on the other hand uses 5V and more amperage.

13. HomerS

Posts: 419; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

15. Harambe unregistered

There is a difference between cables being proprietary and the tech itself being proprietary. Oneplus has to use the thicker cable to carry the 4A current. It can pose a danger if you use that cable with any other device. But if you use it on the oneplus 3, it poses no issue since USB type C can handle upto 20A current which is 5V and oneplus only uses 4A. On the other hand, quick charge being out of spec is due to putting more voltage in than the port can handle, i.e. 9 or 12V. More voltage is very dangerous since it heats up the battery while quick charging. Also since the transformer has to do duty inside the phone, additional heat gets generated which poses further danger to the battery. There is a difference between being out of spec for good reason and for bad reason.

21. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Quick charge has nothing to do with the port. Sorry you're wrong. Quick charge does not go against the standard. The battery exploding had nothing to do with quick charge. You are a moron for even suggesting it. Quick charging has nothing to even do with the port, its about how the circuit handles the power from the charger itself and how that current is applied to charging the battery. The port isn't even relevant. The port is nothing more than a connector.Quick charge works with the USB Type C spec. Its is nothing but a modified USB port. It has nothing to do with how fat the phone charges. The reason USB Type C supports fast charging is because the specs allows for usage of a larger wire which transfers more power. However there are different USB Type C ports. Not all of them support charging faster. Its just a port. YOU ARE WRONG. Go back and actually read about Quick Charge and USB Type C in detail and you will see you are wrong.

20. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

That's a good question. But then, the new batch has the same USB Type C and yet it hasn't burned. But not that long ago, PA posted an article that explains the USB Type C spec. It also stated very clearly in the article, that you have to be careful when using a charger from another phone. All of Samsung's 2A chargers are the same, what is different is the cable. I have always compared the cable with others and Samsung cables even for microUSB are thicker and heavier than many brands accept Belkin. Belkin is the only brand of cable I would ever buy if I wasn't buying the original OEM. But here is the issue. if you use an incompatible charger or cable, the phone should simply reject it and say, this is not a compatible charger or cable. Because i have used cheap cables on Samsung devices, and the phone won't charge. I have purchase cheap cables on eBay before. When I tried to use them, and I plug it into my USB on the PC, it will keep connecting and disconnecting. When I use it with the OEM charger, the phone simply wont charge. he port isn't the issue. There is a video that explains what could be happening.But Samsung has found it was the battery itself. After all, if the defect was the component that controls when the phone should stop charging, it would have exploded with any battery. Its not the port. It is the battery. None of the new phone have exploded. The one that did was proven to have been done by external means. Probably some butthurt Apple fan to purposely sabotaged a Note 7 to get free clicks and money. I'm just saying what Apple fans said when the iPhone 7 arrive burned up. They claimed Samsung butthurt fans did it. So I'm returning the non-sense favor.

24. darkkjedii

Posts: 31631; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Good post.

8. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

A battery being squeezed by a rushed and sealed enclosure is potentially dangerous as we have especially seen with the Galaxy Note 7. A removable (and thus 'looser') battery may negate this. Other advantages of removable battery: -Go from zero to 100% charge in seconds -Prevented unsafe use of phone by those who would otherwise simultaneously charge and use phone, and be subject to closeup radiation exposure emitting near charging port (Charging only the battery from a distance would be safer) -Faulty battery replacement does require entire device servicing -Removing the battery fully disables 'trickle drain', of which still allows a device to be remotely monitored even when powered off or in airplane mode -Battery size / capacity can be increased by purchasing such from third parties like Zerolemon, etc Disadvantage of a removable battery: -Reading frivolous negative comments about support for such on PhoneArena from contrarians and trolls who just can't help the way they are

10. willywanta

Posts: 502; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

A removable battery will not prevent the phone from exploding or overheating. It is the battery error, or the charging circuit whatsoever, not wether the battery is sealed or not.

22. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

It wasn't rushed. The fault was a battery. It has nothing to do with waterproof sealing.

23. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

You are a fool. If you have a faulty battery in your phone and it explodes, how would you replace it? OH THAT'S RIGHT...YOU WONT BE BALE TOO. Granted, if the batteries were removable, than yes those who had phones that didn't exploded, could just replace the battery with a non-faulty one. But claiming having a battery that can be removable is safer is just BS. 0 to 100 in seconds. First off, I don't want to power off my phone. So no that isn't an advantage. I'm not going to buy a phone that doesn't have a battery large enough to handle my needs. If your phone can't last 8 hours while you are at work and suppose to be working, then that means you are using your phone way to much. You should be able to use a phone while charging. If you remove the battery from your phone and have it plugged in only, many phones wont even turn on and many will shut off without the battery inside. Using Non- license 3rd party batteries have been show to explode more often. When the Galaxy had removable batteries, the phones that did exploded were using cheap low spec'd batteries. I would never use a 3rd party battery. Seems you are asking to die. Just like most for the iPhone that exploded, were being charged with unlicensed cheap chargers and cables. Dude you are a complete and uttered moron. You need to fact check your BS.

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 31631; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That's a trip, cause my wife and I just took a cruise to Mexico for our 3rd anniversary. We sailed on the Carnival Insparation, her Note was a recall unit.Wowwww.

12. MOTOREZOID

Posts: 121; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

when the news about exploding phones will end? just cut it off PA, don't you have any other topic for posting? end this bull****s! look how people dispute each other for a matter of nonsense, anyone in this forum loves a phone and it's no one's business that the phone is good or bad, we all have phones and we all experienced issues with our phones, samsung lovers love their phones no matter they burn or explode or anything else, the same thing for iPhone lovers or any other brand, guys let's end this and for god sake don't bother each other.

27. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Dude, please stop crying for ignorance. We come here to get the latest news on mobile devices, positive or negative, if you don't want to read about these news, feel free to disconnect from the internet or find a pro apple/samsung site that turns a blind eye to negatives of either company, there's lots out there. That said, I wish iPhonearena authors weren't so biased. They proudly ignore news/comparisons that put their precious iDevice in the negative spotlight, but are quick to post anything praising it, they nitpick at the marketing of competitors, yet ignore the same sh*t from apple, etc. My solution, keep adblock permanently enabled and watch them cry in a corner until this asinine double standard comes to an end...

16. an9383

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 06, 2016

in korea. there was a same case. but samsung and korea goverment said it just a customer mistake. and she just pressed her phone. and that is why note 7 was bombed. so many korean are waiting the us goverment result. and i think it is different to the result of the korea.

17. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

WTF is wrong with you fools here at PA? The sign says " If you own a Galaxy Note 7 and you haven't replaced it". if you frikkin losers half-wits can't read this...then you are fools. In fact I have one better....I'm reporting your page to Samsung and maybe they will tell you, they will sue your ass for spreading false information!

18. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Sue PA...Sue PA...

25. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The whole pint of banning a faulty product from travel, if if the phone catches fire and it hurts someone, then the carrier can be sued. Who will then thus sue Samsung. Or even sue the phones owner who by now shouldn't even have the faulty phone in the first place. For the lazy fools who refused to replaced, this is a wake up that you wont get to travel on a boat or plane or maybe even a train, until you replaced your phone. Its a wakeup call. Replacements are available in reasonable supply now. The phone is already back on sale in the USA and has been for nearly 4 weeks. There is no excuse now for anyone to still have a faulty Note 7. Unless you were living under a rock, there is no way you don't know about the recall. Samsung worked with SnapChat, Twitter, Facebook and the local media to broadcast the Note recall. That means anyone who didn't replace it, at this point i think honestly should be arrested. Like the idiot who phone exploded getting on the plane. I think he did it on purpose. I think he should be charged for trying to commit a terrorist act on a plane, knowing he was carrying a band product onto the plane in the first place.

28. box14380

Posts: 43; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

Guys calm down, the Note7 will not explode if you don't use the USB cable for charging as it triggers the faulty battery once a short circuit occurs from the USB type C port. Ever since I used the Note7 since September 1, it is doing fine and it is not overheating. Though I noticed significant heatness while charging using the WIRELESS CHARGER that came in it as freebies during my pre-order from #AxiomTelecom in Dhahran, Eastern Province, Saudi Arabia. I charged it overnight but it didn't explode. I haven't heard news yet of Note7 exploding in Saudi Arabia, so it is safe to say that the Wireless Charger helps it to sustain the battery condition because all major retailers in Saudi Arabia are giving this wireless charger. Note: THIS IS MY OWN THEORY ONLY ABOUT THE EXPLODING FIASCO. I'm still waiting for the new units to arrive in Saudi Arabia to replace my defective device as it appears during check of its IMEI. By the way, I'm using this Note7 as my daily driver and I type this comment using the infamous SPen that works perfectly when a keyboard swipe is set to "continuous input " - it's just fast and convenient.

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