If you are a smoker and want to light up, think twice about where you do so on cruise ships. Fires onboard a ship can have deadly consequences. To protect passengers, crew and cruise line property, and prevent potential disasters, all cruise lines have strict policies on what and where tobacco, electronic cigarettes, vaporizers can be used. Even though marijuana is legal in some parts of the world for medical and recreational uses, it is typically prohibited on cruise ships and will be confiscated by ship security. This applies even if a passenger has a medical certificate from a doctor. If you require medical marijuana, you should verify possession legality before booking a cruise.
Depending on the cruise line, ship, and cruise departure country, there are designated areas where smoking products other than marijuana can be used. Typically, there are designated smoking areas on exterior decks and in some casinos and designated clubs or bar areas on most ships. All ships ban smoking in cabins and on balconies and have financial and other penalties for those who violate non-smoking policies.
Carnival cruise line just upped the penalties in its policy and now fines violators who smoke on balconies $500.00. In addition, all passengers in the stateroom may be disembarked at the next port of call. In those instances, the passengers are responsible for all expenses related to housing, transportation home, and obtaining required documentation needed for re-entry into their home country, if they do not have it. They also do not get a refund of their unused cruise fare and will be banned from cruising on Carnival in the future. These penalties are similar to those on other major cruise lines.
You can view a cruise line smoking policies by visiting its website.
Cruiser At Heart was created and is managed by Robert (Bob) W. Lucas, who is passionate about cruising, world travel, meeting people, and sharing information with others. He has visited, lived, and worked in over 50 countries on four continents. He and his wife, MJ, took their first cruise in 1994 and have not stopped since. He shares his travel experiences about the wonderful people and cultures he has experienced, along with tips for maximizing a cruise vacation.