Go Back  FlyerTalk Forums > Travel&Dining > Cruises
Reload this Page >

Reefer Madness on Alaska cruises?

Reefer Madness on Alaska cruises?

Reply

Old Aug 2, 18, 7:49 am
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Ontario, Canada
Programs: Aeroplan
Posts: 4,392
Reefer Madness on Alaska cruises?

Recreational cannabis is currently legal in Alaska, Oregon and Washington State. In October, it will be legalized in Canada. Most Alaska cruises start, finish and remain within those territories. How will cruise companies on those itineraries handle this newly-legal product? How should they?
Badenoch is online now  
Reply With Quote
Old Aug 2, 18, 8:03 am
  #2  
Moderator, Marriott Bonvoy & FlyerTalk Evangelist
2019 FlyerTalk Awards
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: McKinney, TX, USA
Programs: AA Plat/2MM; Marriott LTPP; IHG Plat; Hilton Gold; Hyatt Discoverist
Posts: 10,951
I do believe it is still technically illegal under US Federal law. Thus I'd guess cruise ships still can't/won't allow it.
hhoope01 is online now  
Reply With Quote
Old Aug 2, 18, 8:09 am
  #3  
2019 FlyerTalk Awards
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: San Antonio, TX
Programs: AA EXP, DL Silver, Global Entry
Posts: 1,443
Originally Posted by Badenoch View Post
Recreational cannabis is currently legal in Alaska, Oregon and Washington State. In October, it will be legalized in Canada. Most Alaska cruises start, finish and remain within those territories. How will cruise companies on those itineraries handle this newly-legal product? How should they?
Cruise lines have been pretty consistent on the position that as long as it is against US Federal law they will not allow it. As for us personally my wife works for the US Army as a Federal civil servant and is still subject to random drug testing. A positive test can be grounds for immediate dismissal. Neither of us care for the stuff and the random testing and potential consequences totally remove any temptation.

Related is that many cruise lines, particularly those that a based or cruise out of US ports, still adher to the “legal” drinking age of 21 years old. Even in Europe where many countries have much lower age limits lines will enforce the 21 years old drinking age. We were on a Med cruise last year where one of the passengers was celebrating his 20th birthday and was from a country with an 18 year old limit. The line wouldn’t let him drink unless a parent said it was okay. He wasn’t cruising with a parent but an older lady volunteered to become “mom” and had to approve him getting served alcohol.

Last edited by Randyk47; Aug 2, 18 at 8:48 am
Randyk47 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Aug 2, 18, 11:34 pm
  #4  
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: San Francisco, CA
Programs: DL SkyMiles, RCCL CAS D+, B6 TrueBlue, VX eleVAte, HHonors, SPG, AAdvantage, andAS MilagePlan.
Posts: 985
It may be legal in those States and also will be in Canada however it's still very illegal to carry them across state line and across international boarders. Also for all the cruise line that I know of, it's still on the prohibited item list. You can smuggle it on but you'll get into a lot of trouble if you get caught.
SkaterJasp is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Aug 3, 18, 3:59 am
  #5  
FlyerTalk Evangelist
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: SF CA USA. I love large faceless corporations. And they cherish me in return (sometimes). ;)
Programs: UA Premier Gold/disappointed 1MM, SPG Gold, HH Gold, IHG Plat, MR Gold, WR Diamond, BW Diam Sel
Posts: 15,293
The other problem (not mentioned yet) is that the smoke can drift around and some (many?) of the other passengers might not appreciate involuntarily inhaling pot smoke -- just as a lot of people don't appreciate inhaling other people's tobacco smoke. Even if all the legal barriers are removed, the drifting smoke problem might be hard to overcome. Would vaping be better in this regard than smoking? (Of course, people could use edible or other forms without it having a direct impact on other passengers.)
KathyWdrf is online now  
Reply With Quote
Old Aug 3, 18, 4:17 am
  #6  
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: UK
Programs: BA Gold
Posts: 397
Just pitching in here, I don't know how far out to sea these cruises go but once you're 12 miles off the coast and in international waters the laws of the Country of registry / homeport of the ship will be pre-emininent. So regardless of the legality of cannabis in Alaska perhaps it's different in Nassau or wherever the ship is 'from'. In addition most if not all maritime laws will allow the Captain to set tighter restrictions onboard. So it might be legal to smoke in place X but the captain can say no smoking on board at all and that's the rule you have to follow.
tinkicker is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Aug 20, 18, 11:10 am
  #7  
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Programs: American Airlines, Marriott, Hertz, Avis
Posts: 74
I was on an Alaska cruise with Regent Seven Seas in July during sailaway from Ketchikan (I think) sitting outside by the smoking area chatting with one of the ship's officers. A group of older (60's-70's) men came outside, told everyone out there what they were going to do and that they were all welcome to enjoy with them.

I continued chatting with the officer - who was there for another 10 minutes or so - while the group smoked their joint and headed back inside. Neither of us reacted at all, beyond declining the offer to join in.

Other than that, the only mention I saw of marijuana was in ship's documentation reminding us that we weren't supposed to be bringing it or using it on board.
FlyerStef is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Aug 22, 18, 9:10 am
  #8  
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: JFK LGA PBI BOI
Posts: 444
I had a tablemate who actually worked security at corporate for the cruise line. We were walking past some passenger cabins when we smelled the distinctive odor and she said that she had to call it into ships security that it was specifically banned in the cruise contract let alone the trouble they cruise line could get into from the country of the port of call. I continued to dinner and she came later but the subject didn't come up further.
Brighton Line is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Mar 12, 19, 12:02 pm
  #9  
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: SMF
Posts: 1,110
Originally Posted by SkaterJasp View Post
It may be legal in those States and also will be in Canada however it's still very illegal to carry them across state line and across international boarders. Also for all the cruise line that I know of, it's still on the prohibited item list. You can smuggle it on but you'll get into a lot of trouble if you get caught.
USA has got to have some of the dumbest laws. Re alcohol, CA is now considering lowering the BAC max to .05. How ridiculous but I suspect legislators will approve it. Most people function fine after two drinks within an hour and aren't the ones who cause accidents. Meanwhile, Germany allows 16 year-olds to begin maturing with alcohol (beer and wine) and many others at 18 years. At any rate, good to know if you're a young foreigner already adapted to alcohol that your cruise ship may prohibit you from it.
Tailgater is online now  
Reply With Quote
Old Mar 12, 19, 12:16 pm
  #10  
FlyerTalk Evangelist
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: SF CA USA. I love large faceless corporations. And they cherish me in return (sometimes). ;)
Programs: UA Premier Gold/disappointed 1MM, SPG Gold, HH Gold, IHG Plat, MR Gold, WR Diamond, BW Diam Sel
Posts: 15,293
Originally Posted by Tailgater View Post
USA has got to have some of the dumbest laws. Re alcohol, CA is now considering lowering the BAC max to .05. How ridiculous but I suspect legislators will approve it. Most people function fine after two drinks within an hour and aren't the ones who cause accidents. Meanwhile, Germany allows 16 year-olds to begin maturing with alcohol (beer and wine) and many others at 18 years. At any rate, good to know if you're a young foreigner already adapted to alcohol that your cruise ship may prohibit you from it.
When you make statements about alcohol and driving, it's a good idea to provide some citations backing up your supposed facts. (Anyhow, the thread is about marijuana on cruises, not DUI laws.)
mendezka likes this.
KathyWdrf is online now  
Reply With Quote
Old Mar 12, 19, 1:11 pm
  #11  
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Programs: Delta Silver (2019)
Posts: 1,740
I meant to post a photo I took on our Alaska cruise in Sept - specifically called out marijuana not being allowed on the ship, posted at security to board...I'll see if I can find the photo. I've been terrible and don't think I've indexed any of my pics from the trip :-( (husband took the "good" photos....)

Last edited by Hoyaheel; Mar 12, 19 at 1:23 pm
Hoyaheel is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Mar 12, 19, 1:23 pm
  #12  
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Programs: Delta Silver (2019)
Posts: 1,740
dangit I cannot figure out how to upload this stupid pic and I swear it's going to flip a switch and 17 photos of the sign will show up.....
Hoyaheel is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Mar 12, 19, 1:28 pm
  #13  
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Posts: 2,837
Regardless of laws or rules, people use cannabis on cruises every day everywhere.
rickg523 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Mar 12, 19, 1:30 pm
  #14  
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Programs: Delta Silver (2019)
Posts: 1,740
And this thread only mentions "smoking" - edibles & vapes & tinctures all popular options.....
rickg523 likes this.
Hoyaheel is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Mar 12, 19, 1:56 pm
  #15  
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: WAS via TYO
Programs: DL Gold, UA Silver, Hilton Dia, Marriott Plat, Radisson Gold, Hertz 5*
Posts: 3,784
Originally Posted by tinkicker View Post
Just pitching in here, I don't know how far out to sea these cruises go but once you're 12 miles off the coast and in international waters the laws of the Country of registry / homeport of the ship will be pre-emininent. So regardless of the legality of cannabis in Alaska perhaps it's different in Nassau or wherever the ship is 'from'. In addition most if not all maritime laws will allow the Captain to set tighter restrictions onboard. So it might be legal to smoke in place X but the captain can say no smoking on board at all and that's the rule you have to follow.
Domestic cruises have to be on US-flagged ships; otherwise it's a cabotage violation.
joejones is offline  
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Search this Thread