Which Ships are Non-Smoking?
and Royal Caribbean (including Celebrity and Azamara) consider
themselves practically smoke-free. Aside from a single bar or
a small designated area located on a higher deck, smoking is
forbidden throughout most cruise ships (even in staterooms and on
**On my last trip, on Mariner of the Seas, they said that guests
could smoke on the balcony.
The casino is "smoke free" on Formal Night!
smoking - and they mean it!
Princess fire has prompted one cruise line to tighten
its smoking regulations. Oceania Cruises said it had begun
to enforce a "zero-tolerance" policy on passengers caught
smoking outside designated smoking areas on its ships. The
penalty? Being taken off the ship at the next port of
call. "Smokers are wondering whether it it is worth
risking a $20,000 vacation," said Oceania spokesman Tim Rubacky.
He said the
line was giving letter to passengers warning them about the new
The cause of
the Star Princess fire is still under investigation.
Times, April 16, 2006
Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Update as of July 5, 2007
In light of continuing
legislative changes in smoking policies around the world as well as the
comfort, health and safety of our guests and crew, both in terms of the
proven dangers of second hand smoke and the fire hazard that smoking
presents, Regent Seven Seas Cruises will be changing our policy of
smoking in staterooms, suites and on private balconies. Not only does
smoking present a fire hazard, but it is also an inconvenience to other
guests as the smoke, or its odor, invades surrounding suites, balconies
and public areas, creating discomfort for the guests in these areas.
Smoking will therefore be prohibited in
all staterooms, suites and balconies fleet-wide.
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Los Angeles Times
Hotels & Resorts and Four Points by Sheration hotels brands will ban
smoking at more than 300 hotels and resorts throughout the U.S.,
Caribbean and Canada.
policy follows one implemented at Westin Hotels & Resorts, which became
smoke-free in 2006. Westin and Sheration are both owned by
Starwood Hotels & Resorts.
rooms at the hotels will be cleaned, including treatments for air
conditioning, walls, rugs, upholstery and hard surfaces.
will also be banned in public areas in the hotels, but there will be a
designated outdoor area at each property
for guest who smoke.
Ban May Broaden
A City Council committee
proposed Tuesday broadening Los Angeles" anti-smoking law by [banning]
smoking in most public areas, including common areas where people
City Councilman Bernard
Parks said the ban -- similar to those imposed in unincorporated Los
Angeles County and in other cities -- could apply to indoor and outdoor
businesses, parks, restaurants, bars and common areas of apartment
the Arts, Parks, Health
and Aging Committee asked the City Attorney's Office to draft the
language for the measure. Parks said his South Los Angeles
district is particularly impacted by health problems from second-hand
Councilman Tom LaBonge
asked that the review include the impact on bars and nightclubs.
Princess Bans Smoking in Staterooms & Balconies
Effective January 15, 2011, smoking will no longer be allowed in
passenger staterooms or balconies onboard the Princess fleet.
See full story...
Look What RCCL Has Done!
(Click image for full text)
The new policy, by RCCL, is the closest I have seen to a "no smoking" policy on
any of the major cruise lines. Upon entry at the cruise terminal a notice
was posted which said, "For the comfort and enjoyment of our guests,
our ships are
primarily designated as non-smoking...."
Update: June 25, 2012
stateroom was filled/impregnated with cigarette smell. The crew attempted to
clean it to no avail. There was a constant cigarette smoke smell in our
balcony, I think probably from an exhaust from the smoker's bar. Smoking was
rampant. In the pool, at bolero's bar, in the casino. The Royal Promenade was
filled with smoke from Bolero's and the Irish pub. To go in and out from the
dining room we had to go through the smoke filled air from Bolero's bar.
RCCL: Liberty of the Seas
Date: June 16 - 23, 2012
Holland America Gets Bad Marks
loved every detail of our first cruise to the Inside Passage, Alaska, on Holland
America's Amsterdam ~~~ with the exception of their smoking policy. Smoking
was allowed in the staterooms so when folks were coming & going, the hallways
were filled with very thick smoke and there was no way you could hold your
breath long enough to get out of it.
by Tim Corey
This Christmas, I traveled on the Vision of the Seas (RCCL) out of Los
Angeles for the seven-day Mexican cruise. I must say, that overall, RCCL
seems to be doing a better job of reducing the smoke from cigarettes on this
ship. The one major weakness, is the lack of signage on the port side of
the ship, on deck, letting the smoking passengers know that they should only
smoke on the starboard side. When I confronted one of the passengers, he
was very nice and immediately complied. But you always run the risk of
confronting a belligerent passenger and getting into an unpleasant
confrontation. That should not be necessary. The cruise lines need
to do a better job of letting the smokers know about the restrictions.
Smoker "lighting up" on port side of Vision of the Seas.
Fire damage is seen on the Star Princess
as the ship pulled into Jamaica.
MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (AP) --
Friday, March 24, 2006
Cruises was flying more than 2,600 passengers home with full refunds on Friday
and Saturday after a fire -- possibly caused by a neglected cigarette -- killed
a Georgia man, injured 11 other passengers and charred 150 rooms aboard the Star
smoldering cigarette is suspected as the cause of the blaze, said Horace
Peterkin, president of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association, who toured the
ship after it docked here.
Carnival Gets Bad Marks for Smoke
(Letter to the Editor, submitted 12/06)
This was the fifth
cruise my wife & I have taken. We had been on Princess twice, and Royal
Caribbean twice. We took Carnival this time because of the itinerary.
It seemed as
though people smoked everywhere but the dining room. People smoked in the
theater, every lounge, every deck, and especially in the casino, which was a
major thoroughfare to all other areas of the ship.
I saw guests
smoking while walking in the passageways, & because the air is recirculated
throughout the A/C system, the smell of smoke was readily apparent in our
stateroom also. We both woke up with sore throats twice from the pervasiveness
of the smoke. This is probably because of Carnivals get drunk/stay drunk/spend
cash policy. This is too bad because the staterooms and ship were very nice.
Angeles County Prohibits
Smoking in Parks
September 16, 2009
Los Angeles Daily News
Supervisors cite risk to public from cigarette use in recreation areas.
The Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to prohibit smoking in county
parks, with some exceptions.
All states likely to ban public facility smoking for 2020
L.A. Daily News, April 24, 2011
2020, every U.S. state may have bans on smoking in restaurants, bars and
the workplace, federal health officials predicted Thursday, based on the
current pace of adopting anti-smoking laws.
[and Displaces Five Residents]
News, Aug. 2, 2010
A smoker started a fire that caused $60,000 damage to a three-story Echo Park [CA]
apartment building Sunday, a fire spokesperson said.
passionately believe that non-smokers have the same rights as smokers.
That is, to enjoy the cruise experience, but smoke-free. It is a
sad commentary when a very small minority of thoughtless individuals are
permitted to compromise the lifestyle and health of others with a known
deadly variety of chemicals. It is up to the cruise lines to
create, define and enforce a clear policy that protects the non-smokers
from encroachment by those who do not care enough to curtail their own
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cruise experience without tobacco smoke, and to those who have
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will in no way infringe on the rights and health of non-smoking
passengers. In addition, this policy needs to be clearly spelled
out and defined, along with strict passenger enforcement and penalties.
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France gets on the global bus with plan to ban public smoking
By Kathleen Doheny, LA Times
When John Banzhaf III, an
executive for an anti-smoking group, was in Paris for the ninth World Congress
on Tobacco and Health in 1994, he couldn't help but notice the irony.
After sitting in meetings, lobbying for nonsmokers' rights, he would walk
outside into clouds of smoke.
Royal Caribbean is Paying Attention
I was on
the Monarch of the Seas (RCCL) over Christmas (2006). They have
significantly increased their signage and put smokers on notice that
they are limited to smoking only in certain areas. It was
virtually smoke free! Thank you Royal Caribbean!
(Sign on starboard side of Monarch of the Seas)
Oceana Restricts Smoking
According to the Los
Angeles Times (January 20, 2008), "Smokers are relegated to a pair of
small, unattractive spaces on the Regatta [one of Oceana's ships] which
is a huge plus for everyone else. No smoking in cabins or on private