I am wondering what peoples feelings are regarding smoking onboard. On my last cruise (and my first ever) aboard the Miracle, we had an oceanview room. I would have to go up the elevator, and make my way to the back of the ship.
I like to think of myself as a polite smoker (if there is such a thing). When I did smoke, it was in the casino, or at the back of the ship where the smoke would drift off the back.
Does anyone know if there are restrictions to smoking on the balcony of the rooms?
Unfortunately, I'm a smoker too. I do smoke cigarettes on my balcony, but try not to smoke if the people on either side are out on theirs if we're not moving. I usually smoke in the casino, or smoking allowed bars. On Princess ships, one side is smoking and one side is non in the outside areas (common deck areas). I can't remember which is which, but I look for the ash trays. I always try to be considerate of others. My hubby hates smoking and constantly nags. I've tried at least 100 times to quit, but have never succeeded for more than a week. They also have cigar bars on board, if that is what you prefer, I believe you can smoke pipes in there as well. You can ask your cabin steward for an ash tray. I also bring a glass of water with me, just to make sure it's out. When we're moving, I take the ash tray into the room for a moment while extinguishing the cigarette to make sure no sparks fly, then hit it with water. Hope this helps.
So far, you can still smoke on the balcony of your own cabin - there may be folks on either side who might complain (but most likely not to you) because smoke is drifting into their space. On some of the ships I've been on, one side or the other in the public rooms and cocktail lounges is designated as "smoking". I smoked for many, many years and managed to quit last November (YES!!!) so I don't worry about it anymore.
Hermy- As a non smoker I thank you for trying to restrict your smoking to the casino. there are places on the ship that are designated as smoking areas. If you can't find them ask the information desk.
As far as smoking on the balcony, you can do it, just DO NOT fling your cigarette butt off the balcony. Even on the aft of the ship, there is a very good chance of it blowing back onto the ship (on another balcony)and starting a fire. (See the pictures of the Star Princess) Make sure you get an ashtray for smoking in the cabin if there is not one already there.
And penny3333 points out about the cigar bars. I am fairly sure Spirit has one. Good place to smoke a Cuban if you like.
Echoing the other posts, you can smoke in your cabin. Is is a little hard to light up on the balcony unless in port because of the wind. On the open decks on Carnival one side is smoking, I think starboard..face front of the ship to your right. On Glory a security guy told me to put out my cigarette on aft lido, was weird because on Pride you can smoke at aft lido bar, the funnel fumes and smoke are blowing anyway. I guess is changing often now, not to show my age, but on my first Carnival cruise you could smoke anywhere including the Dining Room and Shows.
I am a considerate smoker also, last year in the karoake bar you can smoke but no one close to me was smoking and was alot of teens in there. So I went back to the side of the bar near the kitchen door. The girl tending bar asked if I wanted a drink, I said no an ashtray please, I don't want to smoke beside people. I had a full beer on my table. She recognized me from working on lido, In Her accent said, you need your Coors Light with your cigarette and slipped me one for free. I tried to pay she said no, "you are nice man".
Carnival does not give that option. As the cabins are or have been smoked in. They do air the cabins out. I can only suggest to get a Balcony Cabin. I would think less smokers would have been there, and more air flow, but is my own theory. There actually should not be any smoke in the cabin. Unless you are allergic to nicotine residue. And you can always ask the Steward to bring you a fresh/new Bed Comforter. I think you should talk to your Doctor first, and find out if you are allergic to smoke or nicotine residue or both.
But the skinny is, there is smoke and people have smoked in the cabins.
IslandCruz, are you sure about the non-smoking room thing? I could have sworn we were in a non smoking cabin on the last cruise???
But I don't think I have ever smelled smoke in our cabins on any of our cruises (my wife is really sensitivie to it so I would remember) so I don't think you have to worry about it Tara. But I would ask at booking if they have "non smoking" cabins.