Cruise Line Smoking Policies: A Smoker’s Guide to Cruising

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

Many people are aware that cigars are enjoyed by many-a-passenger on cruise ships, but can you smoke cigarettes? What about vaping? And hey, its 2019, what’s the deal with cannabis and cruising?

As for that last one, it’s a big no-go, and for good reason. While marijuana has been legalized in many states in the United States, it is still federally banned and all cruise lines listed err on the side of caution and make it very clear that any possession or use of illegal substances will result in immediate disembarkation and any travel expenses incurred as a result are solely the responsibility of the passenger.

While enjoying your cruise, you’re often free to light up, given you follow ship and cruise line policies! And be aware that cruise lines take the following policies very seriously, as cigarette smoke can be a health and safety hazard, or simply retract from the experience of others.

Smoking Policies by Cruise Line


 

AmaWaterways

Smoking is permitted outside only, on the aft side of the sun deck. These policies apply to all smoking devices, including e-cigarettes and vaporizers.
 
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Avalon Waterways

Smoking is permitted outside only, with the area dependent on destination. In Europe and South America, smoking is only allowed on the sky deck. And if you’re sailing with Avalon on the Mekong or Ganges River, smoking is permitted only in designated areas. These policies apply to all smoking devices, including e-cigarettes and vaporizers.
 
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Azamara

Smoking is permitted on the port side, forward area of the pool deck. All other areas of Azamara ships and Azamara land tours are strictly smoke-free. These policies apply to all smoking devices, including e-cigarettes and vaporizers.
 
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Carnival Cruise Line

Smoking is permitted in select areas of each Carnival ship, of which a list can be found here. In general, smoking is limited to specific outdoor areas and certain nightclubs and casino spaces onboard. These policies apply to all smoking devices, including e-cigarettes and vaporizers.
 
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Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity Cruises has designated certain areas of the ship as “smoking areas.” Generally, smoking is not permitted except in designated areas. Smoking is not permitted inside any guest stateroom; nor on any guest veranda. These policies apply to all smoking devices, including e-cigarettes and vaporizers.
 
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Crystal Cruises (Ocean and River)

Aboard all Crystal ships, smoking is allowed in designated smoking areas only. Smoking is not allowed in public rooms, suites or any area that is not designated as a smoking area. Indoor smoking is permitted only in the Connoisseur Club smoking lounge (aboard Crystal Mozart, Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony only) and upon request, in the VIP Casino (during play). Smoking is prohibited in all other indoor areas of the ship, including all other public rooms, lounges, corridors and restaurants, as well as all staterooms, suites and verandahs. These policies apply to all smoking devices, including e-cigarettes and vaporizers.

Permitted Smoking Areas (Including Electronic Cigarettes, Cigars and Pipes):

  • Connoisseur Club on Crystal Endeavor, Crystal Mozart, Crystal Serenity, Crystal Symphony
  • VIP Casino on Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony (during play, upon request)
  • Deck 4 on Crystal Bach, Crystal Debussy, Crystal Mahler and Crystal Ravel
  • Deck 5, aft, portside on Crystal Esprit
  • Decks 10, 9 and 8 aft on Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity
  • Deck 11, aft Crystal Serenity
  • Seahorse pool area, port side only (cigarettes and e-cigarettes only)
  • Promenade Deck, port side only (cigarettes and e-cigarettes only)

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Cunard

Smoking (including electronic alternatives) is not permitted in staterooms, on stateroom balconies or in public rooms. You will find designated areas on the open decks, where smoking is permitted. The only exception to this is Churchill’s Cigar Lounge, which is reserved for cigar and pipe smokers only. All restaurants are non-smoking, and this includes outdoor dining alternatives. Electronic cigarettes and vaporizing devices, including those which do not emit smoke/vapor, are permitted in designated smoking areas only.
 
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Holland America Line

All staterooms, showrooms and most other indoor areas are designated non-smoking. No smoking of any kind will be permitted on any stateroom verandah. Electronic cigarettes are not permitted in staterooms or in other public areas of the ship other than designated smoking areas. Cigar and pipe smoking is not allowed anywhere inside the ship; it is only permitted on the outside decks where smoking is otherwise allowed. The designated smoking areas for all ships are as follows, unless otherwise noted:

  • On Koningsdam, and Nieuw Statendam, smoking is allowed on the port side only.
  • Sun Bar on Koningsdamand Nieuw Statendam
  • Sports Deck forward and aft of Crow’s Nest on starboard side on MaasdamVeendamVolendamZaandamRotterdamand Amsterdam
  • Oak Room on Noordamonly, including cigar and pipe smoking
  • Onboard Zuiderdam, Oosterdam, Westerdam, Eurodam and Nieuw Amsterdam, the casinos are non-smoking. Onboard all other Holland America Line ships, smoking is allowed in the casinos except for non-smoking days.

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MSC Cruises

Smoking (including e-cigarettes) is not permitted in staterooms, on stateroom balconies and anywhere not expressly indicated by signage and ashtrays.
 
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Norwegian Cruise Line

Smoking is prohibited on stateroom balconies. Guests in the Garden Villas may smoke in their private garden and on private sun decks.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. On ships with The Waterfront, smoking is permitted on the starboard side excluding near 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.

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 Norwegian is not enforcing the No Smoking rule.
 
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Oceania Cruises

Designated Smoking Areas are available on the forward, starboard corner of the Pool Deck and in the aft, port corner of Horizons. These areas are comfortably furnished and conveniently located near food and beverage areas. Smoking is expressly forbidden in all staterooms and suites, on verandas, or in any areas of the ship other than officially Designated Smoking Areas. All areas other than those specified as Designated Smoking Areas will remain smoke-free. This includes all guest suites and staterooms, verandas, restaurants, public areas, the Casino and all other areas of the ship. Cigar and pipe smoking is only permitted on the forward, starboard corner of the Pool Deck. Guests are welcome to use electronic cigarettes except in dining venues which includes indoor and outdoor seating.
 
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Paul Gauguin Cruises

Smoking is prohibited in all suites, staterooms, indoor public areas and private balconies. There are multiple outdoor areas on the ship where smoking is permitted.
 
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Princess Cruises

Clearly marked “Designated Smoking Areas” are available onboard and include a sufficient number of ashtrays that are emptied regularly. Generally, these areas include cigar lounges, a section of the nightclub, as well as a portion of the open decks. The Casino and Casino Bar are non-smoking areas on board, with the exception of designated slot machines where guests are permitted to smoke only while playing at those machines. All table games are non-smoking. The Casino will also have one or more non-smoking nights (6 pm to closing), depending on length of voyage. Show lounges, dining rooms and all food services areas on board all Princess ships are non-smoking. Princess Cruises prohibits smoking in guest staterooms and balconies.

The use of electronic cigarettes is allowed within the confines of the guest’s stateroom (balcony not included) and within designated smoking areas only.
 
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Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Smoking is not permitted in any enclosed dining area, certain public venues, elevators, the theater, and all suites and balconies, and is only permitted in specific designated smoking areas. The use of electronic cigarettes is allowed within designated smoking areas only. Cigar Smoking is only permitted in the Connoisseur Club on applicable ships and the designated area on the opposite side of the Pool Bar. Pipe smoking is only permitted in the Connoisseur Club.

Cigarette smoking is only permitted in designated areas of the outdoor pool area and the following public rooms:

  • Seven Seas Explorer: Connoisseur Club, Pool area (designated area opposite side of the Pool Bar)
  • Seven Seas Voyager: Connoisseur Club, Horizon Lounge (outdoor in designated area), Pool area (designated area opposite side of the Pool Bar)
  • Seven Seas Mariner: Connoisseur Club, Horizon Lounge (outdoor in designated area), Pool area (designated area opposite side of the Pool Bar)
  • Seven Seas Navigator: Galileo’s (outdoor in designated area), Pool area (designated area opposite side of the Pool Bar)

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Royal Caribbean International

Royal Caribbean has designated certain areas of the ship as smoking areas. Cigarette, cigar, e-cigarette and pipe smoking is permitted in designated outdoor areas of the starboard side of all ships; with the exception of Oasis-class ships that will allow smoking on the port side of the ships. Visible signage is posted within all smoking areas and ashtrays are provided for use. Outdoor areas near restricted areas, food venues, and kids play areas and pools will not allow smoking. On Oasis class, smoking is not permitted in Central Park or the Boardwalk neighborhoods. Onboard, all interior public spaces are smoke free. Smoking is not permitted in any dining venue, theater, bar, lounge, hallway, elevator, and jogging track. Smoking is not permitted inside any stateroom and any stateroom balcony. This applies to all stateroom categories onboard. Electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes are only permitted within the designated smoking areas.

Casino Royale allows smoking and has a designated area for non-smoking guests. There will be visible signage indicating the non-smoking area in the casino. All cruises departing from China and Hong Kong will not have a non-smoking area in the casino. Smoking is not permitted in the casino for any ships departing from Australia and the United Kingdom.
 
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Seabourn Cruise Line

Most public areas on board, as well as guest suites, are smoke-free. Guests must refrain from smoking anywhere inside the ship, including in guest suites, on verandas and balconies. Smoking of electronic cigarettes is permitted in guest suites, as well as other designated smoking areas. Smoking of water-pipes, glass-pipes or other smoking devices is not permitted on board. Smoking is not permitted on open decks during fuel bunkering operations in port. Inside smoking of cigarettes is not permitted.

Outside smoking of cigarettes is permitted in designated areas of Seabourn Odyssey, Seabourn Sojourn, Seabourn Quest, Seabourn Encore and Seabourn Ovation:

  • On the starboard half of the Sky Bar on Deck 9, including the bar stools on Seabourn Odyssey, Seabourn Sojourn and Seabourn Quest.
  • On the starboard half of the Sky Bar on Deck 10, including the bar stools on Seabourn Encore and Seabourn Ovation.
  • On the starboard half of the open terrace aft of The Club on Deck 5.
  • Smoking of cigarettes, pipes and cigars is permitted on the starboard half of the open terrace aft of Seabourn Square on Deck 7. This is the only area on board where pipe and cigar smoking is permitted.

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Silversea Cruises

Most areas on board are non-smoking, and, as a safety precaution, smoking is not permitted in guest suites or guest suite verandas or balconies, and in all public areas, lounges and bars. However, cigarette, cigar, electronic cigarette and pipe smoking is permitted only in the Connoisseur’s Corner and in specifically designated areas. These areas include: designated tables and seating outside of the Panorama Lounge and the Pool Bar, as well as on open Decks 9 and 10 aboard Silver Spirit, Silver Whisper, Silver Shadow and Silver Muse; on open Deck 9 aboard Silver Cloud and Silver Wind; in specifically-designated outside areas on Decks 5 and 6 aboard Silver Explorer; in a designated outside area on Deck 4 aboard Silver Galapagos.
 
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U River Cruises

Smoking is only permitted on the sun decks of U River Cruises’ ships. Smoking is not permitted on motorcoaches. This policy applies to all forms of smoking materials, including vapor e-cigarettes.
 
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Uniworld Boutique River Cruises

Onboard Uniworld ships, smoking is allowed only in a designated area of the Sun Deck. Guests are asked to refrain from smoking on shore excursions/tours, especially since many historical sites and other tourist attractions in Europe are now smoke-free. Smoking is not allowed aboard any sightseeing motorcoach.
 
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Viking Cruises (Ocean and River)

Viking vessels are generally non-smoking. There is a designated outdoor smoking area on the starboard side of Deck 8. All other areas of the ships, including your stateroom and veranda, are designated non-smoking areas. Smoking restrictions also apply to e-cigarettes.
 
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Windstar Cruises

Smoking or vaping is not permitted in any of the staterooms, suites, or public spaces, including all restaurants and corridors. Smoking and vaping is permitted on the outside decks in designated smoking areas only.
 
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So now you know! Many of these policies are enforced through fines added to onboard accounts, ranging from $100/day to $500/day in some cases. In general, smoking is allowed on cruise ships, as long as you are in designated areas, with provided receptacles for ashes and refuse. In order for all guests to get the most out of their cruise vacation, it is important that everyone adhere to these policies and guidelines.

ALL SHIPS PROVIDE RECEPTACLES FOR CIGARETTE WASTE. DO NOT THROW OVERBOARD.

For more information on these policies, or if you’re ready to cruise, call The Cruise Web today at 1-800-377-9383 to speak with one of our expert consultants!

The information herein accurate at time of publication. For questions and to confirm current smoking policies, please call your Cruise Consultant at 1-800-377-9383.

SOURCES: AmaWaterways, Avalon Waterways, Azamara, Carnival Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Cunard, Holland America Line, MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises, Paul Gauguin Cruises, Princess Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, Seabourn Cruise Line, Silversea Cruises, U River Cruises, Uniworld Boutique River Cruises, Viking Cruises and Windstar Cruises.

 

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