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Smoking on cruise ships....what are your thoughts?

Ally

Deckhand
This is about as contentious as food and tipping when it comes to cruising.

What are your thoughts about allowing passengers to smoke in cabins, on balconies & in public rooms aboard cruise ships?

Carnival tried a non-smoking policy aboard Carnival Paradise some years ago and it failed. Most lines have tried to cut back on where smoking is allowed in the last couple of years, especially since the Star Princess balcony fire almost 5 years ago.

As this is contentious, please keep the debate civil, and accept each other's opinions on smoking aboard ships even if they do not run with your own. Posts will be edited without notice where required by staff.
 

Ally

Deckhand
Does anyone have any opinions, thoughts or ideas as to how ships could improve life for both smokers & non-smokers?
 
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lancashire lass

Guest
I am a non smoker never smoked nor does my husband or children. I was brought up in a smoke filled home, all my siblings smoked and I rode the top deck all the time as a child in the UK and the smoke was so thick it was like soup.:bigeek:
So I am familiar with smoking environments, I hated the odor that remained on my clothes from public areas { as I grew up} I think smoking is a powerful addiction and that smokers rights should be taken into account on cruises. I usually sail inside cabins and I do not think that smoking should be allowed in inside or Ocean view categories. Smokers should be allocated areas where they can enjoy a smoke perhaps a area in the bars located near powerful fans. I know some deck areas are off limits to smokers but I do not think they should have tiny one deck areas to smoke in, there are plenty of areas around the ships where they could enjoy a quiet smoke.:)
 

BooBoos Mum

Deckhand
On MSC Opera they were alowed to smoke in the casino which when passing was a bit smelly but we dont gamble so it was just passing through & one of the bars was for the smokers as well ....but some just to smoke on the open deck at the back of the ship which no body bothered about really
 

Gabriella

Deckhand
I don't see a problem with people smoking inside their cabins and in other designated areas on the ship (one of the bars, a casino, etc). Smoking on the aft deck probably wouldn't be a big deal either.
 

tjandluke

Deckhand
I am a smoker- but I do not consider myself a heavy smoker or an inconsiderate one. I choose not to smoke in the cabin as I share it with a 6 year old. I also think it more than reasonable that there is no smoking in restaurants or the theatre. I do not think that only allowing smoking in the casino is fair either. Not all smokers are gamblers (I am not and I can not take the 6 year old into the casino). I think that an outside deck area for smokers is fine- but something nice not some grotty area where it is horrible and dirty. I also think a bar where smoking is allowed it fair enough but it needs to be communicated clearly to both smokers and non smokers that this is an area where smoking is permitted. It is then up to individuals if they wish to sit there.
 

Acrooze

Deckhand
I don't smoke, but I think it should be allowed in designated areas/rooms across a ship. Smokers deserve the right to have a relaxing cruise vacation just as much as the next guy, and from what I understand, it's not going to be very comfortable for them if they have to go hours or days without smoking.
 

onlyrocknroll

Deckhand
If they keep the smoking to certain areas(like the casinos)I'm fine with it.


As an aside:The casinos around where I live have non-smoking areas but guess what?They're smoky too. You can't get away from it.
 

LoveMyBoxer

Deckhand
Smoking should not be allowed in cabins, but should on balconies. However, and eventhough it's been explained to me, I still don't understand how some people complain about not being able to use their balconies because of smoke lingering there. You are on a moving ship and how long can the smoke possibly linger????
 

Capricruiser

Deckhand
The only smoking area on a cruise ship should be on an upper deck, preferably aft, with plenty of wind-proof repositories for the butts.

Smoking on balconies AND casting the butt toward the sea is dangerous as the butt could be sucked back into one of the cabins below and start a fire, e.g. the Splendor fire a couple years ago.
 

Braveheart

Deckhand
A cruise is unlike a land vacation. Many sunshine destinations do not allow indoor smoking, however, most of the "happening" places are outdoors.
On a cruise ship, the majority of "nightlife" activity takes place indoors.
I don't do "pop outside for a cigarette". It makes me feel like a leper, and here in Scotland, many of our bars and clubs have closed due to the smoking ban. I will never stand on a street smoking, and I feel the same way on cruise ships.
Unless I can smoke, and have my glass of "whatever" in ambient surroundings, then its as simple as this - I don't go. I am a beautifully dressed lady, and a clean smoker, (yes I AM!) and I will not be seen smoking in a "wee corner". It makes me feel just awful!
I DO however respect the wishes of non smokers. I try my hardest to be safe, clean, and aware of those around me. Its the best I can do.....and yes - I am an addict (with hope!).
I think I have mentioned this here before, but, I did NOT like the ashtrays supplied to us for smoking on our balcony on Carnival. In fact, I was worried sick about fellow smokers! They insisted we use a small glass tray, with no "pot" in which to safely put the stubb. I was forever thinking about drunken smokers coming home at night smoking on their balcony:bigeek: I use two things, water and sand, and at sea, ALWAYS have water in an ash tray! I can totally understand why non smokers would be worried if I, a smoker, am worried!
I do appreciate that some cruise lines do allow smoking. And yes, I believe that the smokers are also big spenders, drinkers, gamblers.... so, from their point of view - its high revenue. I do wish though, that they would encourage safety by placing SAFE (albeit not pretty but is any!) ashtrays on the balconies.
The only time I would want to smoke inside my cabin would be on a cruise where cold, wet weather was the norm. In which case, I would take with me (as I plan to do on our Baltics cruise) a smokeless ashtray, to consume the smoke, not only for the sake of the incoming guests, but for the cabin steward, who may well be, a non smoker. I dont think I would ever do a cruise again in bad weather where smoking was not allowed inside. Sailing out of New York, wrapped in a fur coat, out on our balcony in wild winds was no fun....(RCCL)
In saying all of this, I research. I dont whine. I do my research, and choose the cruise line accordingly. I am almost sure, unless we quit, our cruising days are numbered. In the meantime, I stick to the rules, and enjoy my cruise.
I would like to think when people meet me, they see more than "a smoker", and until now, have found this the case. I enjoy meeting all people, from all walks of life, and yes, have met many non smokers to enjoy time with. Smokers will always unite. There's a bond there which allows smokers to sit back, and totally be at ease - hence why smokers' areas are always busy and fun.
Hopefully one day, I will sit on the other side of the fence, meanwhile, I ensure safety and cleanliness.. thats about all I can do. If we are still smoking, and cruise lines ban it on balconies especially, then... we go land vacations, simple as that. We will not compromise when spending thousands of pounds when there is a great big world out there to choose from.
What DID get to me recently, was booking our pre cruise night hotel in Amsterdam! Its OKAY to smoke weed, prostitution is absolutely accepted...yet..try finding a hotel which allows smoking of tobbacco :eek: absolutely nuts! I did eventually find one, but ooooh -it was not easy.
No problem though if I just want to get stoned out of my face!:(
Nah, my silk cut and a wee glass of bubbly will suffice for me :biggrinbounce2:
 

Ontariotrekker

Deckhand
My husband smokes and I do not. Travelling with a smoker can be difficult and my hubby usually only travels in a car in Canada now. I think designated areas on board and away from other pax are the best way to handle this. Casinos can be a problem though ie. we had to walk through the casino on the Oosterdam to get to a venue and we just joked 'take a deep breath before.'
 

Wendy 324

Deckhand
This is about as contentious as food and tipping when it comes to cruising.

What are your thoughts about allowing passengers to smoke in cabins, on balconies & in public rooms aboard cruise ships?

Carnival tried a non-smoking policy aboard Carnival Paradise some years ago and it failed. Most lines have tried to cut back on where smoking is allowed in the last couple of years, especially since the Star Princess balcony fire almost 5 years ago.

As this is contentious, please keep the debate civil, and accept each other's opinions on smoking aboard ships even if they do not run with your own. Posts will be edited without notice where required by staff.
I would love a complete no smoking policy, especially on any ship or cruise labeled as being "family" in orientation. Second hand smoke kills, not to mention it is just unpleasant to be in and around.
 

dizzy1948

Deckhand
I don't think smoking should be allowed in cabins - I am a smoker and wouldn't dream of smoking in a cabin - it is a confined space . I enjoy a coffee and a cigarette in the morning - and am quite happy to go on deck with my coffee and the daily program and read it early in the morning - and enjoy my cigarette in the open air. I use the smoking areas on ship - I enjoy a cigarette - and I refuse to feel "ostriczed". (can't spell) Over time I have found "reformed" smokers to be more antagonistic than people who have never smoked.
 

Ally

Deckhand
I will be trying out one of the big ships shortly, so can find out if size has anything to do with the way smoking can cause problems for pax....

What are your thoughts on this contentious issue?
 

sue87

Captain
A cruise is unlike a land vacation. Many sunshine destinations do not allow indoor smoking, however, most of the "happening" places are outdoors.
On a cruise ship, the majority of "nightlife" activity takes place indoors.
I don't do "pop outside for a cigarette". It makes me feel like a leper, and here in Scotland, many of our bars and clubs have closed due to the smoking ban. I will never stand on a street smoking, and I feel the same way on cruise ships.
Unless I can smoke, and have my glass of "whatever" in ambient surroundings, then its as simple as this - I don't go. I am a beautifully dressed lady, and a clean smoker, (yes I AM!) and I will not be seen smoking in a "wee corner". It makes me feel just awful!
I DO however respect the wishes of non smokers. I try my hardest to be safe, clean, and aware of those around me. Its the best I can do.....and yes - I am an addict (with hope!).
I think I have mentioned this here before, but, I did NOT like the ashtrays supplied to us for smoking on our balcony on Carnival. In fact, I was worried sick about fellow smokers! They insisted we use a small glass tray, with no "pot" in which to safely put the stubb. I was forever thinking about drunken smokers coming home at night smoking on their balcony:bigeek: I use two things, water and sand, and at sea, ALWAYS have water in an ash tray! I can totally understand why non smokers would be worried if I, a smoker, am worried!
I do appreciate that some cruise lines do allow smoking. And yes, I believe that the smokers are also big spenders, drinkers, gamblers.... so, from their point of view - its high revenue. I do wish though, that they would encourage safety by placing SAFE (albeit not pretty but is any!) ashtrays on the balconies.
The only time I would want to smoke inside my cabin would be on a cruise where cold, wet weather was the norm. In which case, I would take with me (as I plan to do on our Baltics cruise) a smokeless ashtray, to consume the smoke, not only for the sake of the incoming guests, but for the cabin steward, who may well be, a non smoker. I dont think I would ever do a cruise again in bad weather where smoking was not allowed inside. Sailing out of New York, wrapped in a fur coat, out on our balcony in wild winds was no fun....(RCCL)
In saying all of this, I research. I dont whine. I do my research, and choose the cruise line accordingly. I am almost sure, unless we quit, our cruising days are numbered. In the meantime, I stick to the rules, and enjoy my cruise.
I would like to think when people meet me, they see more than "a smoker", and until now, have found this the case. I enjoy meeting all people, from all walks of life, and yes, have met many non smokers to enjoy time with. Smokers will always unite. There's a bond there which allows smokers to sit back, and totally be at ease - hence why smokers' areas are always busy and fun.
Hopefully one day, I will sit on the other side of the fence, meanwhile, I ensure safety and cleanliness.. thats about all I can do. If we are still smoking, and cruise lines ban it on balconies especially, then... we go land vacations, simple as that. We will not compromise when spending thousands of pounds when there is a great big world out there to choose from.
What DID get to me recently, was booking our pre cruise night hotel in Amsterdam! Its OKAY to smoke weed, prostitution is absolutely accepted...yet..try finding a hotel which allows smoking of tobbacco :eek: absolutely nuts! I did eventually find one, but ooooh -it was not easy.
No problem though if I just want to get stoned out of my face!:(
Nah, my silk cut and a wee glass of bubbly will suffice for me :biggrinbounce2:
We do exactly the same.:)
 
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