Cruise Line Smoking Policies

Want to know which cruise lines have the most flexible or most restrictive smoking policies. We’ve highlighted the most important aspects of the major cruise line smoking policies.

This page last updated:  July4, 2012

Cruise Line In Room Smoking Balcony Smoking Public Area Smoking
Azamara No No As of January 1, 2011, Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest each have one designated smoking area onboard. This area is located in the starboard forward section of the Pool Deck and has a sign indicating that smoking is permitted. All other areas of the ship are non-smoking, including Public Rooms, Restaurants, Pool Deck, Staterooms, Suites, Verandas and Halls. For the remainder of 2010, smoking will still be permitted in the aft section of the Looking Glass Lounge on the port side, but effective January 1, 2011, this area will be smoke free. Additionally there is a non-smoking policy on all components of the land tour portion of all Azamara Club Cruises cruisetour products. For the comfort of all of our guests, we request strict adherence to these policies and thank all of our guests for their cooperation.
Carnival Yes, in Standard Rooms, No Smoking in Spa Cabins on Splendor classes of ship. Starting December 1, 2011, smoking will be prohibited in all guest staterooms. Guests in balcony cabins will be permitted to smoke cigarettes and cigars on their state room balconies. Spa staterooms on Carnival Splendor, Carnival Dream and Carnival Magic will continue to remain entirely smoke-free, including on the balconies. Yes on standard balconies. No on Spa Cabins Effective Jun 15 2011 cigarette smoking in public venues will only be permitted in Carnival’s dance clubs as well as in designated areas within the casino and casino bar. Smoking (including cigars) will be permitted in designated exterior open deck areas (starboard side) of all ships. Additionally, smoking will also be allowed in the jazz clubs of the following ships: Carnival Destiny, Carnival Triumph, Carnival Victory, Carnival Spirit, Carnival Pride, Carnival Legend, Carnival Miracle, Carnival Conquest, Carnival Glory, Carnival Valor, Carnival Liberty, Carnival Freedom, and Carnival Splendor.
Celebrity No No Designated indoor areas where passengers can smoke cigarettes include the port side of one lounge per ship and a designated slot machine area in each ship’s casino. Other outdoor areas include the port side of the pool deck and sundecks on each ship, the port side of the Sunset Bar on Celebrity Century and on Celebrity’s Millennium class of ships, and the port side aft outside of Winter Garden on Celebrity Galaxy and Celebrity Mercury. Cigar and pipe smoking is allowed only in specially designated sections of the open decks.
Costa Yes Yes Designated smoking areas in most public rooms. All restaurants,show lounges, corridors and hallways are non-smoking.
Crystal Yes No Smoking is permitted in cabins, on open decks, and in designated smoking areas in most bars and lounges.
Cunard Electronic Non-Smoke Emitting Cigarettes Only (E-Cigs) Electronic Non-Smoke Emitting Cigarettes Only (E-Cigs) “Following feedback from our guests and the results of recent customer research, smoking will no longer be permitted on stateroom balconies. Smoking is currently not permitted in staterooms or public areas but the new policy will continue to permit smoking in designated areas of the open deck.

With regards to electronic cigarettes which do not emit smoke, these are not permitted in public areas but they can be used in staterooms, balconies and designated areas of the open deck.

This change has been for the safety and comfort of our guests and means that all guests will be able to enjoy full use of their private balconies without the effect of drifting smoke.

The change will take effect for all cruises departing immediately after the 2014 World Cruises, as listed below:


QUEEN MARY 2 M404 9 May 2014
QUEEN VICTORIA V403 28 April 2014
Disney No Yes Smoking is prohibited indoors on Disney, and only permitted on Starboard side decks
Fred Olsen No Yes Smoking will be banned in all indoor areas, and permitted only on cabin balconies, and on specially designated areas of deck space. Effective by May 29th 2009 on all ships.
Holland America Yes. Starting Jan 15th 2012 Holland America will no longer allow in cabin smoking. Yes. Holland America will still permit balcony smoking after the Jan 15th change. Most public areas with the have become completely non-smoking. For the past few years HAL has been “tweaking” their policy so it varies slightly from ship to ship. Here are their listed designated smoking areas: Casino, Northern Lights Disco (ms Eurodam, ms Oosterdam, ms Nieuw Amsterdam, ms Westerdam & ms Zuiderdam only), Outside Decks, Seaview Bar (except ms Maasdam, ms Ryndam, ms Statendam & ms Veendam), Sports Bar, Crow’s Nest (except ms Eurodam, ms Oosterdam, ms Nieuw Amsterdam, ms Westerdam & ms Zuiderdam), “Our ships do not have “nonsmoking” staterooms; however, all rooms are thoroughly cleaned after each cruise to assure the comfort of our guests. All showrooms are nonsmoking during performances. Cigar and pipesmoking is permitted on the outside decks only.
MSC No No On all MSC vessels, smoking is only allowed indoors in the Cigar Rooms, the Casinos and in one dedicated lounge. Passengers can also smoke outside, on one side of the sun deck. The rest of the ships is therefore totally smoke-free, for the benefit of non-smokers. Thanks to the Clean Air Policy, MSC Cruises has said that they are able to satisfy both smokers and non-smokers by having a 90% smoke-free ship.
NCL Yes. Beginning Jan 2012, NCL will no longer permit in stateroom smoking. Yes The only public indoor spaces where smoking is permitted are the Cigar Bar and the Casino. Smoking is permitted on open decks. Effective January 2012, guests setting sail on a Norwegian cruise vacation are no longer permitted to smoke cigarettes in their staterooms. Guests who are in a balcony stateroom will be permitted to smoke on the outside balcony; however, cigar and pipe smoking in staterooms and on balconies is prohibited. Ashtrays will be available for use upon request through housekeeping staff. In an effort to diminish the presence of smoke indoors, cigarette smoking is only permitted in the casino, where ashtrays and appropriate signage will be displayed. Smoking is prohibited in all other public interior venues including all bars, restaurants, conference rooms, corridors, restrooms, staircases and landings. Guests may utilize the enclosed cigar bars on board Norwegian Epic, Norwegian Gem, Norwegian Pearl, Norwegian Dawn and Norwegian Spirit for cigarette, cigar and pipe smoking. In addition, the policy allows guests to smoke cigarettes, cigars and pipes in outdoor public guest spaces and open decks, where designated by the appropriate signage. Smoking is not permitted near outdoor venues which serve food, in open spaces such as the jogging track, sport complex, children’s pool and in The Haven outdoor areas.
Oceana No No Smoking is only permitted in two outdoor designated smoking areas. A severe no tolerance policy is in place that can include disembarkation of policy violators.
P&O No Yes P&O Started a new smoking policy with their three newest ships, and by the May of 2010 they will implement the no indoor smoking policy through out their fleet. Smoking will no longer be permitted inside any areas of the ship including passenger staterooms. Smoking will still, however, be allowed on stateroom balconies and on certain areas of the open deck.
Princess Yes. Starting Jan 15th 2012 Princess will no longer allow in cabin or balcony smoking. Yes. Starting Jan 15th 2012 Princess will no longer allow in cabin or balcony smoking Smoking is not allowed in the dining rooms, any food service area, or in the show lounges and theaters. Smoking is permitted in staterooms, stateroom balconies, and designated areas. As a courtesy to your fellow passengers, please refrain from smoking pipes and cigars in all public rooms.
Pullmantur Yes Yes Pullmantur allows smoking in all public rooms including the dining room and designates a small section non-smoking.
Regent Seven Seas No No Cigarette smoking is not permitted in any enclosed dining areas, whether it be the ships’ main dining rooms or the alternate dining venues. Cigarette smoking is only permitted in designated areas of the outdoor Pool Grills. Other than open deck areas, the following are the only public rooms or areas where cigarette smoking is now permitted: Seven Seas Voyager: Connoisseur Club, Casino, Voyager Lounge (designated area), Horizon Lounge (outside area only), Pool Bar Seven Seas Mariner: Connoisseur Club, Casino, Horizon Lounge (outside area only), Stars Nightclub (designated area), Pool Bar Seven Seas Navigator: Connoisseur Club, Casino, Stars Lounge (designated area), Galileo’s (outside area only), Pool Bar
Royal Carribean No Yes, on exterior ocean view balconies, but not on the Interior Boardwalk/Central Park balconies on Oasis Class ships. Smoking is permitted only in designated areas and outdoors on the Starboard side of the ship. Pipe & cigar smoking is only permitted within the Cigar lounge. If no Cigar lounge exists on the ship, there will be a designated area for pipe & cigar smoking, you will find out the location once on board.