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Smoking Policies

Smoking policies vary from cruise line to cruise line, though smoking in cabins and on balconies is generally no longer permitted.

Most cruise lines allocate smoking areas around the ship, including outdoor smoking areas on open decks and indoor public spaces, such as Churchill’s Cigar Lounge on board Princess Cruises’ Royal Princess. All smoking areas will be clearly signposted and indicated on cruise ship deck plans. All indoor smoking areas are located close to entertainment areas such as the casino, with all smoking confined to closed areas of the ship, away from thoroughfares where non-smokers may be affected.

Policies on electronic cigarettes also vary from cruise line to cruise line, though most operators prohibit the use of e-cigarettes in all public areas.  This also applies to e-cigarettes that do not emit smoke. The use of e-cigarettes in staterooms, on balconies and in designated smoking areas is permitted.

Cruise LineCabinBalconyPublic AreasAdditional
P&O Cruises No Yes Designated open deck spaces Not permitted in public rooms
Princess Cruises No No Designated open deck spaces Churchill's Lounge permits smoking
Cunard No Yes Designated open deck spaces Churchill’s Cigar Lounge (cigars only)
Celebrity Cruises No No Designated indoor/open deck spaces Violations result in cleaning fee charge.
Fred Olsen No Yes Designated indoor/open deck spaces Banned from all indoor public areas
Royal Caribbean No Yes Designated open deck spaces Not permitted on interior balconies on Oasis Class
Seabourn Yes Yes Starboard side of the Observation Bar Not permitted in any other public areas
Silversea No No Designated tables in some bars/lounges and outside areas Not permitted in suites or restuarants
Crystal Cruises Yes Yes Limited smoking in public areas See on board for different ship details
Azamara No No One designated smoking area Located on the starboard section of the Pool Deck
Carnival No Yes Designated open deck spaces Destiny/Conquest class ships have cigar bars
Holland America No Yes Designated indoor/open deck spaces Not permitted in any restaurants or show lounges
MSC Cruises No No Designated open deck spaces Not permitted in indoor public spaces
Norwegian Cruise Line No Yes Designated open decks areas/casinos/cigar bars Balcony smoking permitted for cigarettes only
Oceania Cruises No No Designated open deck spaces Not permitted in indoor public spaces
Regent Seven Seas No No Designated open deck areas/casino Permitted in Connoisseur Club
Swan Hellenic No No Designated open deck spaces Not permitted in indoor public spaces
Voyages of Discovery No Yes Designated open deck spaces Not permitted on some excurions
Hurtigruten No No Designated open deck spaces Only permitted when sailing
Herbridean Island Cruises No Yes Designated open deck spaces Balcony guests asked to show consideration to others

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