This question was answered on our Cruise IQ show on September 7, 2017.
Smoking restrictions onboard cruise ship have become tougher over the past several years as just about every cruise line has followed the same direction. With one or two exceptions, smoking is no longer allowed within a guest’s stateroom or on their private balcony. All other indoor public spaces are also deemed to be smoke-free with the exception of the casino on most ships. While it varies by cruise line and ship, smoking is typically permitted in outdoor designated areas. These areas are usually located on a specific side of the ship or section. For those that enjoy a cigar, these may be smoked in the same outdoor designated areas and on some ships within the cigar lounge as well. It may be tempting to try and get away with smoking in non-designated areas. If you are found to be doing so, you will be asked to pay a cleaning fee that can amount to $200 or more. It’s also important to mention that electronic cigarettes tend to fall under the same rules and restrictions, but it’s best to check with your cruise line for clarification.