Whether you're a smoker or hate to be around cigarettes and cigars, you might be wondering: Can you smoke on a cruise?
The answer is yes. All cruise ships allow smoking in certain areas, which are typically designated in outdoor smoking zones and sometimes in casinos, nightclubs, cigar lounges and cabin balconies (depending on the cruise line). The rest of the ship is firmly nonsmoking, however, and that includes all staterooms, restaurants and theaters.
Note that for safety and health reasons, cruise lines take these policies seriously: You can be fined -- or even disembarked -- for smoking on cruise ships in prohibited areas.
If you're looking to light up on your trip, the cruise lines with the least restrictive smoking policies allow passengers to smoke on their cabin balconies. These include Costa Cruises and Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines. (Fred. Olsen also permits passengers to use vaporless e-cigarettes in their staterooms.) Carnival Cruise Line and Princess Cruises don't permit smoking on cabin balconies but do generally allow it in sections of their ships’ nightclubs and casinos.
If you're a nonsmoker, however, and would prefer to sail on a nearly smoke-free ship, the lines with the most restrictive policies include Azamara, Celebrity, Disney, P&O, Ponant, SeaDream, Viking Ocean and Windstar -- each of these companies only permit smoking in limited outdoor areas on deck.
Read on to find the smoking policies for major cruise lines.