QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Smoking on a Cruise

We just updated our articles on cruise line smoking policies, and want to know what you think of the current situation. Are smokers and non-smokers both treated fairly? Is smoke a problem when you cruise?

Tags: Smoking

21 Answers

As non-smokers, we really have no complaints about the current policies. We’re very happy that smoking is gone from stateroom balconies – we always seemed to get 24-hour chain smokers on the next balcony over. Occasionally we find a casino to be overly smoke infested, but that seems more common on the older ships.

Carnival talks , but no one listens. On muster time they say no smoking in cabins, but when I sit on my balcony, the couple next to me is smoking and stinking up my air. Talk is cheap Carnival. No one is there to enforce policy

If you report it, someone will remind the offenders.

I am an ex smoker. Until recently, the smoke from areas did not bother me, but that has changed a bit. Now it does bother me a bit. As an ex smoker I really do sympathize with smokers, and the way we/ they are treated in some areas. BUT there are designated areas to smoke and if they bother you--stay away.

I can see soon the return of non smoking cruises, it is the evolution of the beast--- but another issue will come up..... Pot smoking will be allowed... everywhere.... Like having a beer.....

Now we got issues....

We only notice the smoking as we pass through the casino, which isn't often, so we have no complaints.

As a non-smoker, I only object to the fact that on many ships, passengers have to walk through a smoke-filled casino to get to the theater. Yes, one could walk up or down a deck to get there but that is a little unrealistic when walking with others. Personally I wish that all ships were non-smoking but that is not going to happen. I wish that ships would have better ventilation so smokers could smoke in more places without it annoying non-smokers. I have friends who are very allergic to smoke.

Better ventilation on ships is the best solution.

I think it depends a lot on the layout of the ship. We don't smoke, but if the ship wants to have smoking on the starboard side of the pool deck and parts of the casino or other specified areas, we can deal with that. What we don't like, is people bringing their ash trays over to the nonsmoking areas, or smoking from their balcony. If you really can't handle smoke, stay off of NCL Breakaway. The entire casino is smoking and it is open to the decks above and below it. Personally, I think cigar smokers should be allowed wherever cigarette smoking is.

I'm not a smoker and have been on 13 Carnival cruises. 12 of which I hardly noticed the smell of smoke, even in the casino. Was on the Vista out of NYC 11/2016, the vent system was out or not working. The smell of smoke reached the lobby and I couldn't even enter the casino. BTW My muster station was in the casino. Lucky Me.

Ex smoker here. I followed this smoking debate on several forums over the years and the simplest solution, although not always adhered to by both sides, is to do as the cruiseline guidelines on the matter.

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