Over here at Cruise1st HQ, one of the questions we get asked most frequently is “which cruise ships can you smoke on?”
As so many people ask us this question, we thought we’d put together a handy guide. So here’s all the information you’ll need about smoking on cruise ships:
Smoking on Azamara Club Cruises:
Azamara Club Cruises have a designated smoking area at the starboard section of the pool deck on their ships. All other areas of the ships are non-smoking, including public rooms, restaurants, halls and suites. The no-smoking policy is also extended to their land portions of tours unless the tour operator states otherwise.
Smoking on Carnival Cruise Lines:
Carnival Cruise Lines only allow smoking in some areas on their cruise ships: on the designated exterior open deck areas, in their dance clubs and within the designated areas of the casino and casino bar. Most ships also allow smoking in the Jazz Club.
Smoking is prohibited in all guest staterooms. Guests are able to smoke both cigarettes and cigars on their stateroom balconies. Spa staterooms are entirely smoke-free, including on balconies.
Smoking on Celebrity Cruises:
From 2012, smoking on Celebrity Cruise ships’ staterooms (including balconies) was prohibited. Guests also are prohibited from smoking in any public room, venue, elevator or corridor. However, guests can smoke in designated outdoor areas of the ship.
Smoking on Cunard Line:
Smoking is not permitted in any stateroom or public area, with the exception of Churchill’s Lounge, where cigars and pipe tobacco may be consumed.
There are designated areas for smokers on the open decks and the upper level of G32 onboard Queen Mary 2.
In addition, smoking is allowed on private balconies.
Smoking on Holland America Line:
Staterooms, showrooms and most indoor areas onboard Holland America Line are non-smoking. Guests can smoke on their verandas, or on other designated outside deck areas. Players can also smoke in the casino and some bars also allow smoking in signposted areas.
Further, cigar and pipe smoking is not allowed anywhere inside the ship, only outside in designated areas.
Smoking on MSC Cruises:
Smoking is not permitted in food areas, medical centres, child-care areas, corridors, elevator foyers, areas where guests are assembled for safety exercises, disembarkation of tour departures, public toilets or in bars where food is served. Smoking in cabins and cabin balconies is also not permitted.
Smoking is allowed on designated areas of the fleet, including several bars, and on some outdoor pool deck areas.
Smoking on Norwegian Cruise Line:
Like many other lines, Norwegian permit smoking in designated areas. Guests cannot smoke in their staterooms, though smoking cigarettes on balconies is allowed. Smoking cigars and pipes is prohibited on cabin balconies.
Guests can smoke in designated areas of the casino, and in some public guest spaces and open decks where there are ashtrays and signage.
Further, there are enclosed cigar bars on some NCL cruise ships for both cigar and pipe smoking.
Smoking on P&O Cruises:
P&O Cruises have designated areas of the ship for smokers. These are found portside on the ships’ open decks.
Smoking is not permitted inside any public room or inside cabins – however you are permitted to smoke on stateroom balconies.
Smoking on Princess Cruises:
On Princess cruise ships, there are a number of designated smoking areas for guests. Smokers can enjoy dedicated cigar lounges, a designated section of the onboard nightclub and casino, plus the designated areas on open decks. However, guests cannot smoke in staterooms or on balconies.
Smoking on Royal Caribbean International:
There are a number of dedicated smoking areas onboard Royal Caribbean International ships. These sections vary from ship to ship, but specific information is provided in the ship’s daily Cruise Compass magazine delivered to rooms. In addition, all Ships have adequate signage to smoking areas and ashtrays that are provided for use.
Guests cannot smoke in their stateroom or on the interior private balconies. Smoking is not permitted in dining venues, food outlets, hallways or corridors either. Smoking is also prohibited in some of the public spaces, including Central Park, The Broadwalk, on the jogging track (Oasis Class ships) or in the H2O Zone on Oasis and Freedom Class ships. There are further dedicated areas for both pipe and cigar smoking, some ships have “Cigar Lounges” for travellers.
Smoking on Thomson Cruises:
For guest travelling with Thompson Cruises, cigar and cigarette smoking is only available on designated areas of the open deck. Guests are permitted to smoke on cabin balconies.
Further information about smoking on cruise ships:
Most cruise lines are strict about guests not smoking in staterooms and they’ll fine a $250 room-cleaning fee to anybody who lights up in defiance.
On many cruise lines, rules and regulations are subject to change depending on what country the cruise ship is sailing from, or residing in for the evening. This is because different countries have different laws about smoking. All cruiselines will notify guests in advance of a rules change.
Many, if not all, cruise lines have a strict policy prohibiting guests from throwing cigarette butts overboard. This is due to the wind blowing them back onto the ship, which is a fire hazard. Instead use the regularly cleaned ashtrays provided. If you are sailing with a cruise ship that allows smoking on balconies, you may need to ask housekeeping for an ashtray for your cabin.
This guide was correct at the time of publishing, and assembled from the FAQ section on each cruise company’s website. Of course, rules and regulations are subject to change so it is best to double check on the appropriate cruise line’s website before booking your holiday if smoking policy is an important issue for you.