Smoking on cruise ships poses both a health hazard from secondhand smoke exposure and a risk of fires.
If you are taking a cruise, when you book, ask for a nonsmoking cabin and express your desire for the line to adopt a 100% smokefree policy. Customer feedback is the driving force behind cruise lines adoption of smokefree policies.
Kevin Sheehan, CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line, stated in regard to his company's decision to make cabins smokefree, "It got to the point where we were getting enough of a feel from our guests saying, 'We're sensitive to the smell, secondhand smoke is becoming more of an issue and we think you as part of the industry need to step back and reevaluate things.'"
Princess Cruises attributed its decision to make cabins and balconies smokefree to"...changing customer preferences and the move around the globe from North America to Europe to further restrict at areas where smoking is allowed."
In August 2011, Norwegian Cruise Line announced that it would adopt a smokefree policy for its cabins, although it would continue to permit smoking on balconies, in casinos, in cigar lounges, and in designated areas outside. The policy was set to take effect in January 2012.
In June 2011, Carnival Corp. announced that it would make cabins smokefree
on Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America Line, and Princess Cruises.
Carnival Cruise Lines would begin the policy starting immediately with thirteen ships, and expand it to all twenty-three ships in the line on December 1, 2011. The policy would continue to permit smoking on balconies; in dance clubs; in designated areas in casinos; in casino bars; on some portions of open decks; and in jazz clubs.
Holland America Line staterooms will be smokefree beginning on January 15, 2012.
Princess Cruises will make both cabins and balconies smokefree beginning on January 15, 2012.
Other cruise lines with smokefree cabins include Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, and the UK's Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, which introduced a totally smoke free indoors environment on all five vessels in the its fleet in early 2009.
The American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation has compiled a table of Cruise Line Smoking Policies, updated as of October 1, 2013. Be sure to double-check before booking to make sure the policies are still in effect!
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Q: Is there smoking on the ship?
A: Princesss literature speaks of how it has sharply restricted smoking in response to statistics showing that most passengers are nonsmokers. Smoking is now prohibited in all staterooms and their balconies, nonsmokers will crow and most interior spaces except for a few small bars and, of course, the casino. (Smoking and gambling seem to go together.) There are designated smoking areas around the ship. The reality seems a little better for smokers than for nonsmokers. Designated smoking areas are easily found, but elsewhere on ship youll be hard pressed to find a single no-smoking sign, so expect to find random smokers just about anywhere out on deck. On Star Princess, a smoking area by the outdoor pool is just upwind of the enclosed (non-smoking) pool area, with a large automatic door the only separation. So a flume of smoke funnels inside every time the door opens or gets stuck open. Likewise, the casinos always-open doors allow smoke into the nearby theater and other public areas. For smokers, I give the ship a B in terms of how happy youll be. For non-smokers, a C .
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