Originally posted by dhornick:
The review below is our worst nightmare, that is spending thousands of dollars for a family cruise and then being engulfed for 7 days with second hand smoke. The wife and I fear this more than anything else. Is it really that bad? Smoking in the cabin hallways and in the cabins??? Please no. I understood that there were designated areas for smoking and that "most" of the ship with the exception of some bars and such were free of smoke. Can someone please give us some reassurances that we've just not wasted five thousand dollars.
As you can tell from my signature, we have sailed on almost all of the Carnival ships afloat.
I am a non smoker. These are the experiences we have had:
1. We have never walked into a cabin and smelled any smoke waste. I am pretty sure in all our sailings, we must have sailed behind a smoker in our cabin. However, there is the rare report of this happening. If this is the case, simply ask your Cabin Steward to do a light shampoo of the carpets, change out all the bedding (including the mattresses) and hit the room again with their "magic" spray.
2. Smoke in the hallways was never a problem until this year. Sadly, there are those smokers who do not care and they prop their cabin doors open so that they don't have to sit in their own waste. However, what these smokers don't realize is if they simply propped their bathroom room open, the vent in there would porbably eliminate the problem without hurting other people. We did experience what we call "hallway haze" on the Miracle and the Pride this year. And unless Carnival addresses this and enforces "no smoking in the hallways", sadly there is nothing you can do.
3. We have not been on the Glory, but we have sailed on the Conquest (sister ship) and the only place smoking was noticable was in the piano bar and the casino. We did not notice it
This has been a "campaign" of mine for years. Because sadly you do not have to be "allergic" to have damage. Smoke does not carry a natural allergen. However, all "active" smoke carries irritants and it is the irritants that start the cancer "scarring". Notice that I said "active" smoke. Smoke waste may stink, but it does not carry sufficient irritants to create cancer scarring.
I have written more letters than I can count asking Carnival to build a "smarter" ship instead of just a bigger one. The technology is out there. It is just up to the consumer to demand it. As Mr. O said, not even smokers want to sit in a haze of waste. The proper ventilation would do away with a lot of smoking restrictions, while providing the atmosphere we all want.
If you are truly concerned about this ruining your vacation, your only other option that I know of is Oceania Cruise Lines. They did not allow smoking in the cabins or on the balconies.
They do allow smoking in 2 areas of the ship and those 2 areas only, from what I have read.