Other than the casino where smoking is permitted, all the public rooms like dinning rooms and the show theaters are non smoking. There are just certain sections on one side of the ship that allows smoking, so just avoid them, should not be a problem, enjoy your Spirit cruise.
I read in Denise's review that they even have smoker lounges now outside the dining room. I would also follow Donna's advice .... I am a smoker,, so I always look for the ashtrays. You can do the opposite and look for ashtrays and avoid those areas. The casino is a big smoking area, by the way. I might also suggest that you pack a small can of Lysol or something in case your cabin were recently occupied by a smoker. That should kill any remnants of the smoke (I had my sister do this on a cruise in Januray, 'cause she is very much like you)
Have fun -- I'll be on the Spirit Oct 19th to Mexico. Can't wait!
The ships do an amazing job of keeping any lingering smoke out of the cabins so you will not have a problem there. Same for the Dining room and the main show lounge. I too am a non-smoker and am bothered now by any odor of it. The only place that I was really bothered was in the casino. Like Harry said, look for the ashtrays and stay on the other side <G>
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The smoking was the one thing that spoilt our cruise. My son and I are very sensitive to smoke and it was difficult on our particular cruise to avoid it.
Because we have very few places in Australia where public smoking is allowed, I never even gave the issue much thought.
Our room had a strong smell of tobacco and the couple next door were smokers (one of them smoked cigars). We couldn't open the window of our cabin as we were on the bottom deck...I think this would have made a HUGE difference.
I coughed so much I had nose bleeds for the first few days. I actually asked if we could have a humidifier or something to help, but was told by the Purser's Desk that I should have brought my own or to buy one in the next port (gee, very simple thing to bring along all the way from Australia). My 4 year old son kept getting asthma from it.
They had designated areas for non-smoking, which were advertised in the Daily Capers, but were not respected and ignored. It would have helped if there were no smoking signs in these areas, which we suggested to Carnival, and got told that this was too expensive an option to go around putting the stickers up?!? They told us we should travel on their non-smoking ship, which doesn't have voyages to Alaska.
I remained calm and asked for assistance in finding somewhere we could sit and not be exposed to smoke, but the staff were actually very unhelpful and even rude about it.
It was fantastic when we got off in Juneau and could actually get some fresh air!
I LOVED everything else about Carnival except for their policy on smoking.
It's fairly easy to avoid smoke on any ship. When you board, take a recon mission and see where the ashtrays are. Don't go there.
On a recent cruise, I gave a party for a group of friends in the ship's cigar bar. I took a pair of sensisitve-nosed friends with me to check it out before booking the party. They did not smell a thing. Some folks did smoke during the party, but even my sensistive-nosed pals were not bothered. (Some kind of great air-conditioning, I guess.)
When choosing a spot on a weather deck when the ship is underway, be as close to the bow of the ship as possible. Smoke will go downwind, toward the stern. If in port, check the wind direction and be upwind whenever possible.
Personally, I can't stand the smell of Lysol so I usually take Febreeze. And that's because *I* smoke but don't like the smell lingering.
You will be amazed at how efficient the air conditioners and air cleaners are on cruise ships. I can only think of one ship (no longer in service) where I ever saw a "haze" of smoke.
And don't be shy. If people are smoking in no-smoking areas, ask them please to go to a smoking area.
To Therese: I have a small (about the size of a 3-lb. bag of coffee) air cleaner that runs constantly in my office. I think it would be very packable.
What I can't stand are the women who wear too much perfume. Instant headache.