Can I Smoke Cigarettes on a Cruise Ship?

By Michael Ferguson

Smoking cigarettes on a cruise ship is a highly debated topic, and unfortunately there is no definitive answer. While the majority of cruise ships do not allow smoking, some do provide designated smoking areas for passengers.

Cruise companies have different policies regarding smoking; some prohibit it entirely, while others allow it in certain areas such as balconies, designated smoking lounges or select decks. The policy can also vary depending on the type of cruise you are taking and the company you are traveling with. To determine if you can smoke cigarettes on your cruise it is important to check with the specific cruise line you are booking with as each company has their own set of rules and regulations.

If your cruise line does allow smoking, there may be various restrictions when it comes to where and when you can smoke. For example, some ships may permit smoking only in designated outdoor areas or rooms.

Additionally, many cruise lines require smokers to abide by the same rules as passengers who don’t smoke – which means that they cannot light up in places like dining rooms or cabins.

Cruise Line Policies

For example Carnival Cruise Line allows smoking only in designated outdoor areas on select decks and requires all smokers to carry their cigarettes in an appropriate container (such as a pocket ashtray). Royal Caribbean also has similar regulations and designates certain decks for smokers which are usually located near guest services and bars where ashtrays are provided for guests.

Other companies such as Norwegian Cruise Line have stricter policies which prohibit smoking altogether.


In conclusion, whether or not you can smoke cigarettes on a cruise ship really depends on the specific policy of the company that you are traveling with. It is important to contact your cruise line directly or consult their website prior to booking if this is something that is important to you.