Originally posted by joergr:
I've read in several reviews, that there is extensive smoking allowance on Carnival Cruise ships. Is it really as bad as the people make it out to be? We are both non-smokers and my wife gets easily eye-irritated when smoke is in the air
Smoking is allowed in the cabins, however we have never encountered a cabin that had that "left over" smoked in smell. I do however always take a small inexpensive Reunitz Solid for the bathroom to handle "any kind of odor" that may occur.
Carnival has designated smoking areas on all their ships (and they are generally the same places on all the ships). They are listed daily in the Capers...not because they change...but just as a reminder. So as long as you avoid the designated smoking areas, you will be fine.
The smoke free areas are placed like the atrium, large and small theaters, Lido (inside dining area) and one side of the outside area by the pool, formal dining rooms. By having designated smoking areas, basically what Carnival did was eliminiate the "casual" exposure that they used to have as people walked from one venue to another. (and ~as someone already said~ hallways and elevators)
Since I love the piano bar and the only place that seems to collect smoke is right around the piano (the wooden sounder really holds the smoke right at the piano) I have used my comment card to ask Carnival to add an Oreck "odor eater". It is so small and quiet, that it would literally sit on the end of the piano and look like a piece of sound equipment. It would whisk away the smoke that rises, hits that wooden sounder and is them forced back down. Since Oreck's main corporate headquarters is right there in New Orleans, they could "experiment" on the Fantasy and Carnival could have some good PR
for helping a New Orleans company come back!!
The Oreck "odor eater" would not help the rest of the bar area, but that seems to do a pretty good job on its own of dispersing the smoke. It seems just right around the piano itself is where the smoke hangs.
The good news is that the Oreck would not require anything other than plugging the unit in. No venting etc.
So use those comment cards for a possible solution that would not put any further restrictions on smokers.