In my Ask Journeys column I often get questions relationg to smoking policies on cruise ships.
While there are still cultures and countries that seem to embrace the weed, the world is changing, but I am not sure how fast cruise lines are cathching on.
It amazes me that all cruise lines have not moved to smoking and non-smoking cabins when they do allow onboard smoking. Hotels do this on a regular basis in many countries.
There is nothing worse for a non-smoker than walking into a room where the stench of smoke has penetrated into the fabrics and walls. There is no mistaking that odour.
While a number of cruise lines have banned smoking from public areas indoors, many still allow smoking in your cabin, on your balcony, in casinos, and in any number of open areas on the ship.
Luckily, you do have options. A few lines have come close to a complete ban. That is close but no cigar as the expression goes.
Oceania Cruises is perhaps the line that is the best option for those who need to escape smoke entirely. They allow smoking only in two very small areas and are especially strict with anyone who does not adhere to their rigid guidelines.
Oceania in fact covers the smoking policy in their contract of passage. They reserve the right to remove guests without warning for violation of their policies and can charge guests for costs relating to cleaning of stateroom furnishings and related areas.
While some cruise lines don’t allow smoking in cabins, many allow smoking on balconies. The one that surprised me the most was Disney Cruise Line, which allows smoking on balconies and on all open decks for the most part.
Thomson Cruises does not allow smoking anywhere inside the ship itself. Some of the lines that do not allow smoking in cabins or on balconies are Azamara, Regent, and Celebrity, as well as Oceania.
Committed smokers will be attracted to the Italian line, Costa Cruises. It may have the least restrictive smoking policy of all.