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Smokers May Be Asked To Leave Carnival Ships

Smokers May Be Asked To Leave Carnival Ships
Scott Dylan

Don’t even think about trying to light up in your cabin during your next voyage on a Carnival ship. Carnival Cruise Line just announced changes to its policy regarding tobacco and marijuana smoking. The penalties for anyone caught trying to sneak a drag are harsh.

Carnival’s previous policy imposed a fine for passengers who were caught smoking. The fine was put into place because extra cleaning was needed whenever passengers were caught smoking inside their rooms. However, passengers who are caught smoking in non-designated areas are now facing harsher penalties.

Anyone who is caught lighting up in a non-specified area will now automatically face a fine of $500. The offender may also be asked to leave the ship when it reaches its next port of call. It actually gets worse after that. The person who is caught smoking isn’t the only one who has something to lose under the new policy. Any guests staying in the same cabin as the offender could also be asked to leave the ship.

A consequence that serious might inspire you to brush up on Carnival’s full smoking policy before you jump on another ship. Do you need a refresher? Here’s a rundown of what’s included under the smoking ban that’s in place on Carnival ships as of right now:

  • Cigarettes
  • Cigars
  • Pipes
  • Vaporizers
  • Electronic cigarettes
  • Marijuana

There are still a handful of areas where smokers can take refuge when traveling on Carnival ships. The cruise line will still permit smoking at designated areas located on the exterior decks of its ships. In addition, each ship’s casino will still allow smoking.

What’s the big thing to take away? Carnival really doesn’t want you smoking on its ships. Of course, the cruise line isn’t willing to go as far as prohibiting smoking inside its casinos. Every minute spent smoking outside means one less minute of spending money at slot machines and tables.

[Image: Flickr/railfreak_99]

View Comments (8)


  1. Fabman

    December 16, 2018 at 1:53 pm

    What’s Next. Men Only Sections. People with Dogs Sections. Sections by Race. Sections by Religion. Who gets to sit in the back of the plane!!!!!!


  2. Grog

    December 16, 2018 at 2:53 pm

    “Any guests staying in the same cabin as the offender could also be asked to leave the ship?”
    As much as I personally dislike smoking, this policy is ludicrous. Collective punishment for an individual’s ‘crime’ is wholly unjust. Even the 1949 Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War (Article 33) considers collective punishment to be a war crime. Unless they were “team smoking”, back off. Adults can’t control other adults, nor should a commercial enterprise be allowed to expect it. Again, I’m anti-smoking–maybe that’s why this rubs me the wrong way to this degree. I can’t wait to see Carnival’s first lawsuit on this.

  3. Irpworks

    December 16, 2018 at 8:19 pm

    F… Carnival.

  4. htb

    December 17, 2018 at 8:25 am

    @Fabman: comparing racial segregation to protecting non smokers from tobacco smoke is completely out of line!

  5. BJM

    December 17, 2018 at 12:02 pm

    I believe Fabman was posting to another article about a call for woman only sections on the aircraft.
    I have seen this happen from time to time where the comments is misassociated, either the result of a software glitch or user error.

  6. mvoight

    December 17, 2018 at 1:27 pm

    The RULES are clear. If you want to avoid problems, don’t violate them.
    I did not spend money for a balcony cabin, on a ship with specific rules, to put up with people smoking on the balcony next to mine
    If you don’t like the rules, find a cruise line that doesn’t have those rules.

  7. mvoight

    December 17, 2018 at 1:29 pm

    On the issue of kicking off people in the same cabin.. YES! If the cabin has been smoked in, it might not be possible to determine who did the smoking, so punish them all.

  8. ChinaShrek

    December 17, 2018 at 3:14 pm

    I think the policy removing other people in cabin really applies to adults traveling with minors. If someone under 18 smokes then both the kid and the parents leave on the gangplank.

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