Can You Buy Tobacco on a Cruise Ship?

By Anna Duncan

Tobacco is a popular product, but when it comes to buying it while on a cruise ship, the rules can be confusing. Cruise lines and ships vary in their policies when it comes to purchasing tobacco onboard.

It is important to understand the restrictions in order to ensure that you are following the cruise line’s regulations.

The laws regarding tobacco sales on cruise ships are determined by the country in which the ship is registered. For example, if a ship is registered with the United States, then U.S. laws apply to all purchases onboard.

If a ship is registered with another country, then those laws apply instead. In general, some cruise lines allow passengers to purchase cigarettes or cigars while onboard their ships while others do not.

For many years, there has been a debate as to whether or not tobacco should be available for purchase on cruise ships. Those who support selling tobacco argue that it provides an additional source of revenue for the company and allows smokers to have access to their preferred product while aboard the vessel. However, those who oppose selling tobacco believe that it encourages smoking and makes it easier for children and young adults to get access to tobacco products.

In addition, many countries now have strict restrictions on smoking aboard vessels – particularly when they are within their territorial waters – so even if a person was able to purchase tobacco before boarding a cruise ship, they may still not be able to use it onboard.


In conclusion, whether or not you can buy tobacco on a cruise ship depends on the laws of the country in which it is registered and also on the policies of individual cruise lines. It is important for passengers to check with their cruise line prior to departure in order to understand what restrictions may be in place regarding buying and using tobacco products while onboard.