Smoking Sites on Ships

As an ex-smoker, I am sensitive to both sides of the coin. Smokers should be allowed a designated area and non-smokers should be allowed smoke free areas. I am not sure where electronic cigarettes should fall because vaping is not smoking.

Do you feel the ships address this problem adequately or how should they handle it?

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From what I can tell in doing a quick search on this topic a moment ago is that most lines recognize e-cigs as falling into the smoking category and under the same restrictions as smoking. NCL, CCL, and RC have easy to find policies if you do a search on cruise smoking policy and e-cigs.
This link directs to a page (on this site) which categorizes ship-by-ship policy on smoking... The original article was posted in 2014 and could probably use some updating.

I think there are sufficient designated spaces on RC and PC, but cannot speak to other lines as we have not been onboard for the past year.

**Simon - maybe this is something that could be updated by staff?**

Okay, so even if e-cigs are considered smoking, the question is whether the ships provide both smoking and non-smoking areas adequately?

I have seen non-smokers come into a smoking area and complain about the smoke (e.g casino) and have seen smokers light up in areas that are non-smoking.

I am a smoker (no throwing tomatoes!! LOL). Carnival has provided nice areas with seating and umbrellas. I don't smoke in my home or car, so it doesn't bother me that smoking is not allowed in cabins/balconies. Ecigs are restricted to the smoking areas on Carnival, although I don't see how they would know if you vaped in your cabin unless you use one of the strong smelling liquids.

Princess current policy on E-cigs:

Electronic Cigarettes
The use of electronic cigarettes is allowed within the confines of the guest's stateroom (balcony not included) and within designated smoking areas only.

As DW and MIL have both had lung diseases, they are greatly bothered by cig smoke. Most ships do not have sufficient separation of smoke free and smoking areas. On the RCL Majesty, unless we were willing to go up or down one deck, we could not get to the show theatre without walking thru the casino or a bar, both filled with smoke. Even out on deck we had to move because a cigar smoker on the deck below, in a properly designated smoking area, had his foul smelling smoke drifting up to us.

I like to play a little Blackjack or Texas Holdem now and then but I tend to avoid the ship casinos because of the smoke. I can go to Atlantic City and most other east coast casinos and enjoy a smoke free environment. I don't know why the cruise ships don't ban smoking in the casinos.

It seems a lot of companies (everywhere, not just cruise lines) have decided that the same rules apply to vaping and smoking.

Regarding adequate space: I’ve never seen a cruise ship smoking area completely full, so I guess there’s plenty of room for those who choose to smoke.

I am not a smoker - never was & I do get annoyed when I see smokers smoking in non-designated areas. Passengers in smoking areas should not complain about the smell of smoke. Smokers have only limited areas where they can smoke as it is. My husband not only was a smoker but he had a job selling cigarettes to stores with L&M while he was in college. He doesn't smoke anymore luckily but he had a nasty cough when he did.

I am one of the worst people you will ever run into.

I have quit smoking and recently noticed that smoke from cigarettes and cigars really bothers me. So, I'm not saying I'm a born again type, but I am noticing it more. So on the cruise I hope not to be too big a pain.

I am a vaper ("E-Cig" user). I find that Princess has the most liberal policy toward the vapers, by allowing it in the cabin.

As said above, nobody knows if one were to vape in the cabin on any line (or hotel room for that matter). I believe that most companies have outlawed it based on "If it looks like smoking, it is smoking" in order to avoid arguments with the non-smoking majority.

Given the rules as they are, I will use my device in smoking areas only.

In regards to the adequate space I'm not sure... When I was on the oasis, there was part of the casino and then some of pool deck... I would have to walk by/through the spot when going to the solarium and it was never fun... I don't think I ever saw the deck empty... Early morning, late night, the area was packed.


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