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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34 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.
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14 Russ Tuturice { 10.19.16 at 5:44 pm }

Is there a restriction on the size of bottles of e cig fluid you can bring? Also the same with shampoo (ect) in fluid ounces?

15 Mischele Young - The Cruise Web { 10.19.16 at 6:07 pm }

Hello Russ, there is no limit to the amount you can bring on board, just limitations on where you can smoke. This new policy prevents smoking in your cabin and on your private balcony, but the amounts you bring on board is totally up to you. Just be certain to smoke in the designated areas for smokers. There is nothing preventing you from bringing shampoo, one bottle or 100 bottles. Just be careful to pack in your luggage, not your carry on for the jet you might need to fly on to get to the cruise ship. Customs is not comfortable with fluids brought directly on board the plane. Feel free to contact me directly for help planning this cruise and any future cruise vacations. Bon Voyage!

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16 Rick { 12.20.16 at 12:06 am }

Forcing e-cigarette or vape users to be in the smoking area when so many of them are trying to give up smoking is a little short sighted. In addition it forces vapers to be in a area where they will suffer from second hand tobacco smoke.

Vaping leaves nothing to clean up, no lingering smell and leaves no residue. In fact many e-liquids don’t even have any nicotine. In particular, vaping on a balcony would have no effect on anyone and most vapes would never be confused for a cigarette. I would encourage NCL to look into vaping and make a better informed decision regarding the difference between vaping and cigarette smoking.

17 Tiffany { 06.26.17 at 12:21 am }

As a suggestion, you really should implement separate vaping and smoking sections. Not to be rude but as someone who vapes and has quit smoking, I absolutely cannot stand the smell or presence of tobacco combustion. Thank you for reading.
-Tiffany

18 Brian { 09.26.17 at 9:47 pm }

I believe there should be a part in the policy about how to bring an e cigarette on board. I also agree with the facts of vape being different than cigarette smoke as I personally am allergic to compenents of a cigarette and will get a rash and following stomach issues. Due to this I will have to suffer with cigarette users interfering with my vape use. This policy should be reviewed thoroughly.

19 Denny Johnson { 12.09.17 at 12:42 am }

If someone where to bring a vape on board underage, what is the type if a minor has a vape in board

20 The Cruise Web Team { 12.12.17 at 2:57 pm }

Hi Denny, could you please clarify your question? Are you asking whether minors are permitted to use vapes on board?

21 Lynda { 02.23.18 at 10:48 am }

I guess this is my and my husband’s first and last cruise. That was the hole propose of paying for a balony

22 Sherise { 03.06.18 at 8:24 pm }

What about vapes that are a box mod? Not an e cig?

23 Schooler Juuler { 03.09.18 at 2:11 pm }

Can I bring my juul to be kool

24 Curtis { 03.18.18 at 8:32 pm }

I myself smoke a suorin and it has nicotine in it but looks nothing like a cigarette considering its square. I was wondering if you would get your vape taken away when trying to board the ship because i wouldnt want it to be taken andi havent seen on here if it would be confiscated when getting on the ship. Thank you!

25 Kailah { 03.25.18 at 11:22 pm }

Are juul’s allowed on board? If it is detected in my carryon bag will I be stopped or will it go right through?

26 The Cruise Web Team { 03.26.18 at 9:26 am }

Hello Kailiah,

Norwegian Cruise Line’s electronic policy is as follows: 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.

They will not be confiscated, but they cannot be used in public areas like stated above.

If you have any additional questions or if you are interested in booking a cruise on Norwegian, please reach out to the cruise specialists at The Cruise Web at 1-800-377-9383.

-The Cruise Web Team

27 gerald roberts { 07.14.18 at 10:33 pm }

i willbe travelling on norweigen bliss sept 22 does this ship have smoking sections

28 Enrique Villagomez { 07.16.18 at 11:37 am }

Hello Gerald,

The Norwegian Bliss has designated smoking sections that are clearly marked. You can smoke in the casino if you are playing and in all the designated open spaces in the outdoor public decks.

If you have any questions please call me at 1-800-377-9383 ext. 203

Thank you,

Enrique Villagomez
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Intl: 001-240-487-0155 ext. 203

29 Jessica { 09.02.18 at 11:54 pm }

Is there a limit on how many vape cartridges I can bring on Norwegian pride of America and if its better to have them prefilled or empty and are all vapes allowed on bord

30 The Cruise Web Team { 09.04.18 at 10:24 am }

Hi Jessica,

Great questions! There is no limit to how many vape cartridges can be brought onboard, nor is there a preference on them being filled or empty. As far as all vapes allowed, as long as they are standard vapes that are normally brought onboard they should be fine. If you’ve built them yourself or modified them in anyway, that could present a problem. Also, remember that electronic cigarettes cannot be used in public areas where Norwegian has a ‘no smoking policy’ in place.

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31 Lori M. { 11.08.18 at 7:05 am }

Since the Balcony’s are on the Outside of the Ship I Really Think that as a Guest who Paid Extra for That Balcony & For That Purpose Should Be Allowed to Smoke on it….. I also agree with Rick and Tiffany Who as Current Vapors have Quit Smoking & In No Way Should Be Grouped with People who actually Still Smoke ! Rick is Totally Correct by saying that a Better Understanding of the Difference between Vaping & Smoking, And A Little Common Sense should have been practiced before making Such a Big Decision and Change to the Policy.

32 Theresa Hodges { 02.27.19 at 6:28 pm }

We will be sailing on the Epic early Spring. This is a Transatlantic Cruise. My husband smokes cigars. What deck and where can he smoke cigars.

33 The Cruise Web Team { 02.28.19 at 9:28 am }

Hi Theresa, thanks for the question! Per Norwegian Cruise Line: “Public areas throughout all 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.”

For more information, give us a call at 1-800-377-9383.

– The Cruise Web Team

34 Mallory { 03.20.19 at 12:01 am }

I agree with those who are vapers. There needs to be a better understanding about vaping before lumping vapers in with smokers. There are a) electronic cigarettes (e-cigs) which look like your standard cigarette and b) vaporizers, which have a mod and a tank assembly. Both of these methods either smell GOOD or have little to no smell at all. These methods have vapor, NOT smoke. Because of this, they do not heavily linger the way classic cigarette smoke does. It dissipates about 3-5 seconds after it’s exhaled. With how much your customers pay for a room, especially if they pay for have a balcony, they should have the privilege to vape/smoke out there, since it’s outside anyway. There should be areas designated for vapes/e-cigs and an area for those who smoke regular cigarettes. Vapers are a) trying to quit and get away from cigarettes/cigars and b) don’t desire to SMELL like smoke from those who still prefer the classic smoking method. I as a vaper find it very inconvenient to have to be around those who smoke and I don’t like smelling like it. I feel I speak for many vapers when I say I completely understand why it’s not allowed in most public areas. There are people who find vaping as obnoxious as smoking. There are also others with health conditions who can’t be around it, and children who shouldn’t be around it. But designating areas at the ends of each floor should be something that is thought about for those who vape, and those who smoke. Again, not grouping the two together due to heavy cigarette smoke. While nothing besides the air we breathe is GOOD for our lungs and bodies, smoking was a common practice in years past. Previous generations are trying to move forward with slightly better alternatives, and since this is a large percentage of your customer base, there needs to be revisions in the policies in order to keep your business on the up and up. That is, if your customers are truly leaving your cruise line for another one. There ARE ways to accommodate to all customers and their options and ideas have been left in not only my comment, but in the previous ones as well. You’ve heard our voices and thoughts, so please consider making the changes.

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