Norwegian Cruise Line Updates Onboard Smoking Policy

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

Norwegian Getaway WaterfrontBig changes are blowing in the wind, literally. Starting on November 1st, Norwegian Cruise Line is expanding their no smoking policy to prohibit smoking on the balconies and all public areas, as well as limiting smoking in the casino to players only. This sweeping new policy includes both traditional lit tobacco products as well as electronic cigarettes. A few exceptions will of course be made, allowing guests to smoke on the sun decks of the Garden Villas and on The Waterfront aboard the Getaway and Breakaway. However, this new policy is designed to cater to the increasing number of non-smoking passengers.

Guests who smoke outside of designated areas will face a $250 cleaning charge on their onboard account. Additionally, if any burns occur on furniture, linens or carpets, guests will be charged for damages.

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13 comments

1 Cynthia { 08.20.14 at 11:56 am }

I am interested in the rationale behind prohibition of vaping (ecigs)
which are odorless & involve no side stream contaminants.

2 The Cruise Web Team { 08.20.14 at 2:40 pm }

Cynthia,

Great comment, and I think a lot of people were surprised by the inclusion of electronic cigarettes and evaps in Norwegian’s non-smoking policy. Norwegian hasn’t explicitly stated why these are being treated the same, but it could be because they look so much like real cigarettes that guests could be mistakenly accused of violating the smoking policy, or that their appearance alone is enough of a negative trigger for guests opposed to smoking.

3 Helen { 08.20.14 at 5:41 pm }

So sorry to hear that, looks like we will be planning our family reunion on another cruise ship.

4 paula { 08.21.14 at 5:08 am }

As a smoker, I think that NCL should have reserved one side of the ship’s balcony cabins for non-smokers. What a pity that this drastic step means no more NCL cruises for me.

5 The Cruise Web Team { 08.21.14 at 3:29 pm }

Helen and Paula,

Good or bad, cruise line smoking policy changes usually upset as many people as they please. However, it looks like this is the direction that most of the industry is going to head. The good news is that there are still great cruising options for smokers, so I invite you to call 1-800-377-9383 to speak with one of our consultants to find a cruise line that meets your needs.

6 carol { 09.03.14 at 4:04 pm }

it seems there are no cruise lines allowing smoking , except RCCL will allow it it on pool deck on one side and part of the casino..if anyone finds a cruise line that allows smoking on the balconies of the rooms please let me know, I cancelled with two lines already for that reason….it’s a shame, the drunks can get sloppy, loud and sick on board but we can’t smoke !

7 Kevin - Cruise Web { 09.05.14 at 1:15 pm }

Carol,
Holland America still allows smoking out on the balcony. I will call you later today to discuss your options.

8 Devin { 03.18.16 at 3:24 pm }

So what im getting at here its not allowed an probally not a good idea to bring or try to carry on a electronic cigarette on board?

9 The Cruise Web Team { 03.21.16 at 8:38 am }

Devin, you are permitted to bring on electronic cigarettes, but these are treated the same as traditional cigarettes, so you’ll need to adhere to the ship’s smoking guidelines. Here is Norwegian Cruise Line’s official policy:

“As the health and well-being of our guests and crew is of the utmost importance, Norwegian Cruise Line will institute changes to its smoking policy for all sailings on or after November 1, 2014. The specific changes prohibit smoking on stateroom balconies and limit smoking in the casino to players. On Norwegian Getaway and Norwegian Breakaway, smoking on The Waterfront will be permitted on the starboard side, except by the outdoor dining areas.

Guests in the Garden Villas may smoke in their private garden and on their private sun decks.

Public areas throughout all our ships are smoke-free. If you smoke regular or electronic cigarettes, you can do so in designated areas only. If you prefer pipes or cigars, you can smoke in the Cigar Bar or designated smoking lounge. Smoking cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, cigars and pipes is permitted in outdoor public guest spaces and open decks where designated by the ship’s management based on the ship’s specific characteristics and arrangement. Smoking, including electronic cigarettes, is prohibited in or near venues serving food, the jogging track, outdoor sporting venues, The Haven outdoor areas and children’s pool areas. On ships with The Waterfront, smoking is permitted on the starboard side excluding any food service areas. Active Casino players may smoke cigarettes in the Casino during gaming hours. Cigarette smoking is not permitted in any other indoor venue or location.

Guests are not permitted to smoke cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars or pipes in their staterooms or on their balconies. Cigar and pipe smoking in staterooms and on balconies is prohibited. Smoking inside your stateroom or on your balcony will result in a $250 cleaning charge added to your onboard account. If cigarette burns on furniture, linens, towels or carpeting are detected; guests will be advised and charged for the damages.

Electronic cigarettes cannot be used in public areas where there is a No Smoking policy in force; simply because these cigarettes look so realistic and therefore other guests’ perception is that we are not enforcing the No Smoking rule.”

10 Frank { 08.06.16 at 1:25 pm }

Are there any bars that allow smoking on the Breakaway.

11 The Cruise Web Team { 08.08.16 at 8:57 am }

Frank,

Per Norwegian Cruise Line guidelines, you can smoke on The Waterfront on the starboard side. If you prefer pipes or cigars, you can smoke in the Cigar Bar or designated smoking lounge. Also, casino players may smoke cigarettes in the Casino during gaming hours. See below for more details on the line’s smoking policies:

“On Norwegian Getaway and Norwegian Breakaway, smoking on The Waterfront will be permitted on the starboard side, except by the outdoor dining areas. Guests in the Garden Villas may smoke in their private garden and on their private sun decks. Public areas throughout all our ships are smoke-free. If you smoke regular or electronic cigarettes, you can do so in designated areas only. If you prefer pipes or cigars, you can smoke in the Cigar Bar or designated smoking lounge. Smoking cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, cigars and pipes is permitted in outdoor public guest spaces and open decks where designated by the ship’s management based on the ship’s specific characteristics and arrangement. Smoking, including electronic cigarettes, is prohibited in or near venues serving food, the jogging track, outdoor sporting venues, The Haven outdoor areas and children’s pool areas. On ships with The Waterfront, smoking is permitted on the starboard side excluding any food service areas. Active Casino players may smoke cigarettes in the Casino during gaming hours. Cigarette smoking is not permitted in any other indoor venue or location.”

12 Trudi Dac { 09.20.16 at 6:25 am }

I was wondering can you smoke on the outdoor decks in The Haven area, like as you may so much money for The Haven has Norwegian supplied an area that you are able to smoke in? not near any food service areas, or dining, an outdoor area.
And which bars can you smoke in on NCL Epic ? I have read the Where about on the pool deck is the smoking area

13 Jacques Botty - The Cruise Web { 09.20.16 at 12:48 pm }

Trudi,
Thanks for your questions. Guests in the Garden Villas may smoke in their private garden and on their private sun decks. Smoking on cruise ships is more liberal than what a lot of Americans are used to. Yet on cruise ships it has never been my experience too have to go too far for comfort however. Remember to fill out your comment cards as these rules are usually based on majority decisions.

Please contact me 1 800 377 9383 ext 289 if you are in need of planning your next cruise!

Jacques B.
Cruise Consultant | The Cruise Web

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