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Can you smoke on cruise ships?

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On some ships, smoking is only allowed in designated outdoor areas. - Photo by Thinkstock

Discussions about the touchy topic of smoking on cruise ships can turn downright nasty in a heartbeat, and nothing can cause friction between neighbors like a smoky balcony. Whether you want to be able to smoke, or you prefer to avoid smoke, it's important to know your cruise line's policies before you board.

You may be surprised to find that it isn't the European lines that are most lenient. In fact, Seabourn is the only line that fully allows smoking in cabins, but Holland America and Norwegian are fairly accommodating, allowing smoking on balconies as well as in some lounges and restaurants.

And what are the best choices for adamant nonsmokers? While all cruise lines forbid smoking in interior public spaces and any area likely to be populated by children, Azamara, Oceania, Princess, and Celebrity ban smoking in all staterooms and on all cabin balconies. If this is an important issue for you, we suggest you read our handy chart before you book.

Cruise Line Smoking Policy

Azamara Club Cruises

Allowed: Designated smoking area on the starboard forward section of the pool deck.
Not Allowed: Anywhere else onboard, including cabins and verandas.
Electronic Cigarettes: Same rules apply.

Carnival Cruise Line

Allowed: Dance clubs, designated areas within the casino, and on certain sections of open decks on all vessels. The jazz clubs on Destiny, Triumph, Spirit, Conquest, and Splendor-class ships also allow smoking. 
Not Allowed: Cabins, balconies, and all other public spaces.
Electronic Cigarettes: Same rules apply.

Celebrity Cruises

Allowed: Smoking is only allowed in designated outdoor areas of the ship. 
Not Allowed: Anywhere else onboard, including cabins and verandas.
Electronic Cigarettes: Same rules apply.

Costa Cruises

Allowed: Open decks and designated smoking areas in the lounges. Pipes and cigars may only be smoked in designated areas. 
Not Allowed: Anywhere else onboard, including cabins and verandas.
Electronic Cigarettes: Costa has yet to release an official policy on electronic cigarettes, so assume that the same rules apply.

Crystal Cruises

Allowed: Cabins and designated smoking tables in several bars and lounges. Pipes and cigars are permitted only in the Connoisseur Club and on open decks, except all areas of the Lido Deck. As of 2014, indoor smoking will be permitted only in the Connoisseur Club smoking lounge. 
Not Allowed: Anywhere else onboard, including cabins and verandas.
Electronic Cigarettes: Same rules apply.

Cunard

Allowed: Churchill’s Cigar Lounge and designated areas on the open decks. Smoking on balconies is permitted but discouraged. 
Not Allowed: Cabins and all other public areas. 
Electronic Cigarettes: Same rules apply.

Disney Cruise Line

Allowed: Stateroom verandas and designated areas on open decks.
Not Allowed: Cabins, restaurants, and the rest of the ship.
Electronic Cigarettes: Same rules apply.

Holland America Line

Allowed: Designated areas on open decks, balconies, casino, Seaview Bar, sports deck, and observation deck.
Not Allowed: Cabins and all other public areas.
Electronic Cigarettes: Permitted in staterooms but not in other public areas of the ship.

MSC Cruises

Allowed: The Cigar Lounge and designated areas on open decks.
Not Allowed: Balconies, restaurants, and all other public areas. 
Electronic Cigarettes:  Same rules apply.

Norwegian Cruise Line

Allowed: Casinos (players only), smoking lounge, and on open decks where permitted (not around designated nonsmoking areas like restaurants or the kids’ pool). On ships with The Waterfront, smoking is also allowed on the starboard side.
Not Allowed: Cabins, balconies, and all other public spaces.
Electronic Cigarettes: Same rules apply.

Oceania Cruises

Allowed:  Forward starboard corner of the pool deck on Deck 9, and in the aft, port corner of Horizons on Deck 10. Cigar and pipe smoking is only permitted on the forward starboard corner of the pool deck.
Not Allowed: Anywhere else onboard, including cabins and verandas.
Electronic Cigarettes: Same rules apply.

Princess Cruises

Allowed: Cigar lounges, a designated area of the nightclub and casino, as well as certain areas on open decks. 
Not Allowed: Anywhere else onboard, including cabins and verandas.
Electronic Cigarettes: Permitted in all areas onboard, with the exception of dining areas and the Princess Theater, unless a passenger complains.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Allowed: Designated area by the outdoor pool (opposite the bar), Connoisseur Club, Horizon Lounge, and Galileo’s. Cigar and pipe smoking is only permitted in the Connoisseur Club.
Not Allowed: Anywhere else onboard, including cabins and verandas.
Electronic Cigarettes: Permitted throughout the ship with the exception of the dining areas.

Royal Caribbean International

Allowed: One side of the ship and the casino. Pipes and cigars are only permitted in the cigar lounge and other designated areas.
Not Allowed: Cabins including balconies, Boardwalk, Central Park, and all other public spaces.

Electronic Cigarettes: Same rules apply.

Seabourn Cruise Line

Allowed: By the end of 2016, smoking will no longer be permitted anywhere inside any Seabourn ship at any time, including on the private verandas of guest suites. There are designated areas on Decks 5 and 7 along with the area on Deck 7.
Not Allowed: All other public areas.
Electronic Cigarettes: Permitted in guest suites and all other smoking areas.

Silversea Cruises

Allowed: The Connoisseur’s Corner, certain tables and seating outside Panorama Lounge, Pool Bar, and specifically designated areas of the open decks.
Not Allowed:
Anywhere else onboard, including cabins and verandas.
Electronic Cigarettes: Same rules apply.

Windstar Cruises

Allowed: Open decks in specifically designated areas.
Not Allowed: Anywhere else onboard, including cabins and verandas.
Electronic Cigarettes: Same rules apply.

This article was updated on July 16, 2014.


Join the discussion

Should electronic cigarettes be treated differently than regular cigarettes?

Posted by TheWanderer

This is an old article, Royal Caribbean I know changed their policy in Jan 2014.

Posted by amikaa

Carnival changed their policy in October. No smoking on balconies.

Posted by SimonCommunity

Thanks for the updates! We've updated the information for Carnival and Royal Caribbean and verified that there are no other changes on other lines.

Posted by BDRebel

As of February, 2015, Princess now treats E-Cigs the same as cigarettes, except they may be used in the staterooms (not on the balcony or other public areas unless a designated smoking area).

Posted by Amazon1an

You are not allowed to smoke on the balconies on Disney Cruise Line. That changed in 2013. https://disneycruise.disney.go.com/faq/booking-reservations/designated-smoking-areas/


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